Personal attributes and skills are extremely important criteria that health-related professional schools use in evaluating applicants. These personality traits, strengths of character, and life experiences are generally not obvious from your academic credentials. Medical schools look for applicants who have demonstrated PASSION and an ABILITY TO EXCEL in whatever they do. Successful applicants often spend time in the medical environment (EMTs, hospital volunteers, etc.), demonstrate valuable personality traits (leadership, compassion, communication skills, etc.), and leave a legacy of positive accomplishments in whatever way they choose to serve their community.
Accordingly, it is vital that you engage in extracurricular activities that allow you to develop and document these types of skills and strengths. There is no specific type of activity that is best for all; i.e., you have to find what is right for you. You do not even have to leave Clark’s local community. For example, participating in team sports, tutoring classmates or high school students, or being active in student organizations can be valuable.
To acquire experience in the medical environment, you might consider EMT training or volunteering at a hospital or medical clinic. Internship opportunities can be explored through Clark’s Career Connections Center. (See Academic Department Internship Listings.) Volunteer information is available on the Community Engagement and Volunteering (CEV) Center page.
Below are links to other volunteer opportunities:
- ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) Elder Services
- BayPath Elder Services, Inc.
- Boston Eldercare Alliance
- Central Boston Elder Services
- Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging (CMAA)
- Coastline Elderly Services, Inc.
- Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc.
- Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands
- Elder Services of Merrimack Valley Inc.
- Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc.; ESWA Student Intern Program
- Greater Lynn Senior Services
- Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc.
- HESSCO Elder Services
- LifePath (formerly Franklin County Home Care Corporation)
- Minuteman Senior Services
- Montachusett Home Care Corporation
- Mystic Valley Elder Services
- North Shore Elder Services
- Old Colony Elder Services
- Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services
- South Shore Elder Services, Inc.
- Springwell (formerly West Suburban Area Elder Services)
- Summit ElderCare
- Tri-Valley Elder Services, Inc.
- WestMass ElderCare
To find out how to become a member of Clark EMS, visit the Clark EMS website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Clark University Police (X7575) has an EMT on staff who can tell you more about how to become a licensed EMT. Another useful site tells more about the EMT training in Massachusetts and lists accredited EMT training institutions.
Pernet Family Health Service (scroll down to volunteer info)
Outside of Worcester
- Anna Jaques Hospital (Newburyport)
- Athol Hospital
- Backus Hospital (Norwich, CT)
- Baystate Health
- Baystate Noble Hospital (Westfield)
- Baystate Wing Hospital (Palmer)
- Berkshire Medical Center (Pittsfield)
- Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth
- Beverly Hospital
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Boston Medical Center
- Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (Boston)
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston)
- Butler Hospital (Providence, RI)
- Cambridge Health Alliance
- Cape Cod Healthcare (Cape Cod Hospital, Falmouth Hospital, VNA of Cape Cod)
- Clinton Hospital
- Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (Hartford, CT)
- Cooley Dickinson Hospital (Northampton)
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston)
- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, NH)
- Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (Bedford)
- Emerson Hospital (Concord)
- Fairview Hospital (Great Barrington)
- Franciscan Hospital for Children (Brighton) (click on “Volunteer” link)
- Hallmark Health System: Lawrence Memorial Hospital (Medford) and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital (Melrose)
- Harrington Memorial Hospital (Southbridge)
- Hasbro Children’s Hospital (Providence, RI)
- Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (Boston)
- Heywood Hospital (Gardner)
- Holyoke Medical Center
- Kent Hospital (Warwick, RI)
- Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
- Landmark Medical Center (Woonsocket, RI)
- Lawrence and Memorial Hospital (New London, CT)
- Lawrence General Hospital
- Lemuel Shattuck Hospital (Jamaica Plain)
- Lowell General Hospital
- Maine Medical Center (Portland, ME)
- Marlborough Hospital
- Martha’s Vineyard Hospital
- Massachusetts Eye and Ear
- Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston)
- McLean Hospital (Belmont)
- Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island (Pawtucket, RI)
- Mercy Medical Center
- MetroWest Medical Center: Framingham Union Hospital and Leonard Morse Hospital (Natick)
- Milford Regional Medical Center
- Mount Auburn Hospital (Cambridge)
- Nantucket Cottage Hospital
- New England Baptist Hospital (Boston)
- Newton-Wellesley Hospital (Newton)
- North Shore Medical Center
- Signature Healthcare
- Southcoast Hospitals Group
- South Shore Hospital (South Weymouth)
- Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
- Steward Hospice and Palliative Care (Fall River)
- Sturdy Memorial Hospital (Attleboro)
- St. Vincent’s Medical Center (Bridgeport, CT)
- Tufts-New England Medical Center (Boston)
- University of Vermont Medical Center (Burlington, VT)
- VA Boston Healthcare System
- Winchester Hospital
- Windemere Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (Martha’s Vineyard)
- Yale-New Haven Hospital (New Haven, CT)
Exploring opportunities to do community service, not necessarily directly related to medicine, is an excellent way to develop interpersonal skills, demonstrate caring for others, and build a record of positive contributions. Again, Clark’s CEV Center can help you identify such options. The United Way (Central Massachusetts) is also an excellent place to begin.
Several medical schools are striving to increase the number of doctors committed to serving traditionally underserved areas of the country, including rural and inner-city communities. Applicants who have served in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America may have just the experience and expertise such schools are looking for.
One other valuable way to go beyond your classroom experiences is to become involved in scholarly research. Many opportunities to explore research exist at Clark, and if this is intellectually attractive to you, it is an excellent way to identify yourself as a scholar, to demonstrate your potential as a medical scientist, to demonstrate your ability to function as a member of a team, and to establish a record of accomplishments that your research mentor can cite in his or her letter of recommendation. Click on the following link to learn more about research opportunities:
Funding for Undergraduate Research.