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Volunteering

Volunteering

UW-Eau Claire has many volunteer opportunities for Blugolds in the area, explore them here!

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 from a student prospective here and in the Marshfield Clinic Annual Report.

Email ccha@marshfieldclinic.org for more information.

Other Local 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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