Name of Engagement

Clinical Volunteers in Health Center

Contact Information

Dr. Lee Ward Director, University Health Center 540-568-3835

Description

Student volunteers in our clinical settings were trained to provide assistance to clinical staff and providers and educate students about health center practices. Each year we welcome more than 50 such volunteers, who are often students in health-related and pre-professional academic programs. The volunteers receive extensive training and mentoring throughout the year.

Involvement

Involves Faculty, Involves Staff, Involves Students

Scope

JMU Only

Date

Academic Year

Frequency

Ongoing (Currently in existence, year round)

Benefits for Faculty, Students, Community, and Institution

Clinical volunteers gain important experience working in a medical settings and with other medical professionals, with an emphasis on ethical behavior, communication, decision-making, customer service, and patient support. The University Health Center receives a significant financial benefits from the clinical volunteers in that their work means that we have to hire fewer paid Medical Assistants, thus lowering overall personnel costs and increasing operational efficiency.

Areas of Engagement

Engaged Learning

Format

Program, Department

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