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Internships + Volunteering

Gaining valuable experiences

Getting experience in an area you may be interested in pursuing is the best way to see if it is right for you. There are several internship and volunteering opportunities locally, nationally, and globally. Check out the list below to find one that might be right for you and contact us if you have any questions.

Mayo Clinic Health System-Look here for info on Spring 2021 MedEx shadowing experience!

Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 MedEx, cancelled due to COVID-19. 

2021 MedEx College Edition, Eau Claire and Menomonie

The MedEx College Edition program at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire is an opportunity for UWEC students with a demonstrated interest in medicine to job shadow physicians. Students accepted to the program will spend 3 half-day sessions job shadowing in different medical specialties during a typical workday in the clinic.

Prerequisites & Requirements:

30 hours of volunteer service at Mayo Clinic Health System
Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing 
Strong interest in becoming a physician
GPA above a 3.0
There are three opportunities for this experience:

For more information about MedEx Click here.

To apply, click the following link: Apply Here!

Marshfield Clinic
Pre-Med and Allied Health Experience

Marshfield Clinic Spring 2021 session has been suspended due to COVID-19.

Marshfield Clinic Pre-Med and Allied Health Experience Pre-medical or pre-physician's assistant students spend time in a one-of-a-kind experience in which students will see, first-hand, a full range of practitioners in a variety of specialties, including their duties and responsibilities, the rewards and challenges of the health-care profession and the inner-workings of hospital, clinics, and staff.

Prerequisites & Requirements:

  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing 
  • Strong interests in medicine or physician's assistant as a career

There are two opportunities for this experience:

  • Winter - Available in November!
  • Spring - Available in March!

Marshfield Clinic

Community Connections Team

UW-Eau Claire is partnering up with Marshfield Clinic to have student volunteers help patients connect with assistance in food, housing, utilities, clothing, childcare, and transportation. Community Connections Team is asking for a minimum of a two semester commitment and 3-4 hours per week from volunteers. The application form will ask you to identify blocks of hours that you will be consistently available to volunteer.

Read about the Community Connections Team in the Marshfield Clinic Annual Report.

Email for more information.

Other Opportunities

Global Health Clinical and Volunteer Experiences

 Learning about healthcare from other global perspectives is a very important part of your pre-health education, but before seeking clinical experiences abroad or engaging in global health volunteer opportunities, you should seriously consider some very important things. There are numerous situations where students on international trips are asked and expected to practice medicine (including veterinary medicine) or dentistry without proper education, training and supervision. You need to be aware of the real risk of some well-intentioned programs doing more harm than good. It is strongly advised that you explore your personal motivations for participating in a global health experience and research the organization that is offering the experience.

 Useful resources:       

 1. Read the guidelines provided by the AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges) and ADEA (American Dental Education Association) for providing patient care outside the US.

 2. Read Considerations for Serving Ethically (University of Kansas, Center for Service Learning)

 3. Read the information provided at Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) and take the free online GAPS workshop (University of Minnesota, Pre-Health Student Resource Center).   

 3. Research the organizations that offer international health experiences and carefully consider any “red flags” like those listed below. (From Preparing for International Health Experiences: A Practical Guide)

            1. Organizations that see high numbers of patients in a very short time.

            2. Organizations that allow unlicensed or non-professional students to do professional activities such as triaging patients, taking histories and physicals, doing physical exams and dispensing medications (particularly when there is no redundancy with a licensed/trained health professional repeating all patient care activities done by the students).

            3. Opportunities that over-promise big impacts in a short time.

            4. Organizations that reduce the challenges of health disparities to simple causes and/or simple fixes.

            5. Organizations that are not transparent about the use of fees and/or are trying to profit off of volunteering goodwill.

            6. Organizations that focus narrowly on the benefit for volunteers (such as the benefits to an application or resume), rather than the benefit to the community served by the volunteers.

            7. Organizations that do not measure their impacts on communities or evaluate their work.

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