Volunteer

healthcare provider volunteerIF YOU ARE A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER:

SVAHEC relies on the support of our generous health care providers in the Southern Vermont region who volunteer and donate their time to the students that we support.  We rely on these health care providers to act as job shadow preceptors for our MedQuest and other high school students programs.  We also rely on these providers to act as clinical preceptors for our medical students and college students who are completing rotations or participating in summer projects in the Southern Vermont Region.

  • Here are a few of the ways that you can support our students:
  • Student Job Shadows – students follow a professional in their work setting for a brief period in order to get an understanding of that occupation.
  • Internships – students spend a specified period with an employer in order to get an understanding of that occupation.
  • Site visits/tours – as part of a class project, students visit a site to gain a broad overview of different professions.
  • Presentations – professionals visit a classroom or an afterschool program to engage students in hands-on discussion of their profession or an aspect of health and the relevance to education.
  • Mentoring – a sustained relationship between a youth and a professional, which offers role modeling, support, advocacy, and career awareness.

Please contact Susan White (College & Medical student programs) or Beth Brothers (High School student programs) for more information about how you can support our health career students!

IF YOU ARE A STUDENT:

Please visit the volunteer section of our Programs page for information about how you can volunteer at your local hospital.

volunteer in southern vermont

IF YOU LIVE IN THE SOUTHERN VERMONT REGION:

Do you have a spare bedroom in a comfortable house? If so, would you consider sharing your home with a medical student for a few weeks? Each year UVM medical students come to the southern Vermont region to do a rotation with a local physician, or rural clinic or hospital. They are away from their own homes, and too far for a daily commute back to Burlington. They need a private bedroom, bathroom and access to a kitchen to store and prepare their own food. We have students coming throughout the year to Manchester, Londonderry, Wilmington, Bennington, Brattleboro, Springfield and Bellows Falls, Brandon, and the Rutland area who are looking for a comfortable place to stay within a ten to fifteen minute drive of these towns.

Most students are in their third year of medical school at the University of Vermont in primary care. He or she is busy during the day learning from an experienced clinical professional and you are not expected to provide entertainment or food. Students have their own car, and the Southern Vermont AHEC office handles all the arrangements, directions and other special instructions that you may have. Rotations vary from two to five weeks. We are looking for volunteers who can open up your home and help a young person during their education in rural medicine.

For more information about becoming a host home, please contact Doreen Moran at 802-885-2126 x 202 or dmoran@svahec.org.