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Are there any volunteer opportunities for future anesthesiologists currently in high school?

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Corrina’s Answer

Hello! There are a few options you could take to discover medical-field volunteer opportunities while you are still in high school! Please keep in mind that you might not get to work with an anesthesiologist themselves as this is a very advanced position, but any introduction to the "behind the scenes" of the medical field is a step in the right direction!

A) Volunteer at a local hospital. Each hospital has its own volunteer-department and requirements to be become a volunteer so this will take a bit of research and patience. For example, some of the hospitals near me have very strict application processes that only happen once a year and have strict age requirements, but other hospitals only require you to commit to a certain number of volunteer hours per year and accept rolling applications.

--How do you find these volunteer opportunities?
Simply search for "hospitals" in your local area and go onto each individual website. Each website (except for smaller clinics) should have a page specifically designated for volunteers. This is where they will list the requirements to volunteer, the process of how to apply, and any applicable deadlines to be aware of.

--> My personal experience:
I was able to apply and volunteer at a local community hospital during my high school years. I was given a list of different volunteer opportunities (including gift shop, personnel services, labor and delivery, etc.) and I got to rate my preference of 3 choices. As stated above, some of these departments had more strict requirements for volunteers (ie. labor and delivery required 18+ volunteers) so I read up on those opportunities before I turned in my ranking. I ended up working in personnel services (which is basically the Human Resources Department) and though I didn't do anything directly with any doctors or nurses, I was still able to learn a ton of medical terminology as well as about the departments/positions within the hospital itself.

B) Are you interested in veterinary anesthesiology, as well? If so, similar opportunities listed above could be substituted for local veterinary clinics. In this case, you could search for local veterinary clinics/hospitals and give each one a call to ask about volunteer opportunities. Even if veterinary school is not in your future, this type of volunteer opportunity could still open up a glimpse of what the medical field has to offer!

Good luck and well wishes in your search! :)

Corrina recommends the following next steps:

Discover local hospitals
Search their webpages for volunteer opportunities and guidelines to apply
Apply to any and all hospitals where you meet the correct requirements
Consider veterinary clinics/hospitals as well

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Richard’s Answer

Volunteer at local hospital. You may meet doctors who will let you shadow them to learn what their daily live is like. The most important for you now is to get good grades. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.

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Dan’s Answer

If you know an anesthesiologist or have seen a local group in your area, ask them directly and they'll probably allow you to shadow them or at least answer questions. It is built into medicine -- an education component to promote future generations of physicians so don't be scared to ask.

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Estelle’s Answer

In my community, we have a free clinic. High school and college students apply to be scribes for the physicians. Perhaps there is a similar opportunity in your area. These positions are not pain but provide great experience.

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Evan’s Answer

I was a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in high school. Many states/organizations have "night school" courses and I was able to complete one while still in high school.

Not only is it a very rewarding way to volunteer your time within the medical industry, but it is one of the only ways for an 18 year old to provide actual care as a trained professional. Those younger than 18 can usually still volunteer on an ambulance and provide support to EMTs and Paramedics.