College Students Gain Critical Healthcare Experience
July 31, 2012
(Decatur, GA) – As the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics receive national attention for decreased levels of interest from students, according to a study conducted by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce, DeKalb Medical is helping turn this trend around by molding the next generation of healthcare professionals through its volunteer program for college students.
DeKalb Medical volunteers play a meaningful role in the daily operation of the hospital, and student volunteers have the opportunity to gain incomparable work experience as they interact with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. “I have really enjoyed my time at DeKalb Medical,” said April Smith, student at DeKalb Technical College. “I wasn’t really sure what area of healthcare I wanted to work in, but after spending some time in different departments, I’ve decided to focus my attention on the pursuit of a career in the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit.” For some volunteering is simply a way of life. Sonia Mathew, a student at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. has volunteered in several departments throughout the hospital and said, “This is a priceless experience, and I encourage other college students who are struggling to figure out what to do with their future, to take a few hours out of the week and volunteer at DeKalb Medical. It’s more rewarding than I can describe.”
The DeKalb Medical college volunteer program works to meet the scheduling needs of all students, but there are specific requirements that must be met. These requirements include: submitting a transcript with a minimum GPA of 3.0, committing to a minimum of two semesters of service, submitting to a criminal background check and taking part in an interview. Each student is also required to have a TB test and flu shot administered annually.
In addition to the college volunteer program, DeKalb Medical also offers volunteer opportunities for adults and teens. Currently, DeKalb Medical is seeking interested, new college students who want to volunteer in an environment committed to serving others. Individual interviews will be scheduled after a completed application is received. All applications must be submitted no later than Friday, August 24 at 4 p.m. Please visit www.DeKalbMedical.org to fill out an electronic application, or contact Elisabeth Nark, Volunteer Services Manager at 404.501.1344 or Elisabeth.Nark@DeKalbMedical.org if you would like to learn more about the volunteer program.