Getting health-related experience is your evidence to the admissions committee that you are motivated, caring, compassionate, and sure of your career goal. Your experience can come in a number of ways but should include some patient interaction. It is best to think of your health-related experience in terms of semesters and years. The length of time you spend gaining health-related experience is a sign of your dedication.
Volunteers are always needed and hospitals will try to place you in a setting that will be mutually beneficial. If necessary, call or visit several facilities to find the one that best meets your needs. There are also other ways, outside the hospital, that you can help the community. For more information on volunteering please visit:
You can shadow a doctor to see what a typical day is like for them. Start with your own doctor and ask for referrals of other doctors who may allow you to shadow them as well. Exposure to a broad range of opportunities is important; if you choose to shadow a health-care professional, it should be considered only one of your many experiences.
Stony Brook University Opportunities
- Adapted Aquatics Program: The field of adapted aquatics uses water as a medium for the rehabilitation of a great variety of muscular, neuromuscular, and neurological problems. Lectures in the adaptive aquatics program are presented by Health Sciences Center professionals who are experts in their fields, such as pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiology, internal medicine, occupational therapy, orthopedics, orthotics, pharmacology, physical therapy, respiratory care, and hydrotherapy.
- Blood Bank
- C-CERT:The Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in disaster response skills, such as fire safety and suppression, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, C-CERT members can assist others on their campus or neighboring community following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. C-CERT members also support community emergency response by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects.
- Center for Prevention & Outreach Peer Education Groups: The CHOICE and CHILL programs are full-year, two-semester, three-credit internship. Each year approximately 15 students are trained to present educational programs on different health topics listed below. In addition, they coordinate a variety of health awareness and promotion programs such as information tables, a newsletter, condom-grams, TV and radio ads, and others.
- Long Island State Veterans Home @ Stony Brook University
- SBVAC: Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps
- Response Suicide Prevention Hotline: Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Hotline: Volunteer as a telephone counselor with RESPONSE of Suffolk County and become the caring voice on the other end of the phone!
Other Health Related Experience
- Residential Support Counselors: You can also get paid for getting health-related experience. Some students work as residential support counselors at places like:
- Long Island Head Injury Association
- DDI (Developmental Disabilities Institute)
- Maryhaven Center for Hope
- EMT/Paramedic training: Becoming an EMT or a paramedic is a great way to gain exposure to the medical field as well as get hands on experience and patient care. There are many places where you can get experience and training to become an EMT. Look into Stony Brook University's SBVAC program as well as the EMT/Paramedic training program at Stony Brook University Health Science Center. You can also contact local ambulance companies and local fire departments for volunteer opportunities.
- Phlebotomist training: A phlebotomy training program provides students with a working knowledge of blood collection procedures, techniques, specimen requirements, and equipment. Please click here for more information about the phlebotomist training program at Stony Brook University Health Science Center. You may also want to check out local community colleges and BOCES programs for other phlebotomist training programs.