Through the Mercy Medical Center Emergency Department Volunteer Program, students like Amber Parkinson and Randell Rueda are able to gain first-hand experience with patients in the emergency department, cultivate relationships with medical professionals and solidify their career goals.
“I chose to be a volunteer because I knew that I was interested in a medical career,” said Parkinson, a biological sciences major from Sacramento who has been a volunteer since 2009. “I wanted to get some hands-on experience and shadow some medical professionals and see if it was a really a fit for me.”
While there may occasionally be opportunities for them to support staff during the provision of clinical care, the focus of the volunteer position is to provide information and comfort to patients and their families.
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