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  • threebeansthreebeans 660 replies32 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 692 Member
    edited April 25
    I have a question on clinical experiences and volunteering. My kid is currently a sophomore intending on med school. Good gpa (3.9), 34 ACT. His school has a volunteer opportunity where they spend a semester training kids to be EMT's and then they have to volunteer on campus being an EMT on call around 40 hours a month for the remainder of their time at school. Is that adequate clinical experience or should his goal to be working in a hospital or clinic setting?
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  • AndorvwAndorvw 294 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 303 Member
    Get certified as EMT and working EMT on campus are great clinical experience. As for "adequate", there is no set rule. Volunteering in hospital or clinic in summers are great alternative.
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  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom 10000 replies199 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,199 Senior Member
    @threebeans
    While EMT training and experience is a great clinical experience (D1 was a AEMT with Mountain Search & Rescue), it's also a very limited experience. Adcomms typically advise EMTs to get other clinical exposure as well.

    (Part of the purpose of clinical experience is observe the doctor-patient relationship. Campus EMTs get shut out once the ambulance crews arrives so they don't actually get to see what any of the doctor-patient relationship or even happens with the patient after they get loaded on the ambulance. Campus EMTs are not allowed to ride with patients on an ambulance due to liability issues and lack of jurisdiction. Ambulance service EMTs take over patient management. I know this because of D's experience w/ campus EMTs. She dislocated her kneecap one evening while visiting a friend's dorm room, campus EMTs responded, but it was the ambulance service EMTs who examined her, placed her an a stretcher, carried her down 3 flights of stairs, took her to the ER and interacted with triage/assessment team. )

    On-call time cannot be counted as clinical experience hours--only those hours when actively engaged on call outs.
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  • MomLA2018MomLA2018 136 replies7 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 143 Junior Member
    Your views are so helpful. What do you think about volunteering as an EMT in a firehouse near campus as part of clinical hours?
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  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom 10000 replies199 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 10,199 Senior Member
    @MomLA2018

    It's a fine clinical EC--assuming that the local fire dept will allow student EMT volunteers. In larger town and cities, the fire dept is manned by professionals, with no volunteers allowed due to city regulations and insurance concerns.
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