UM Charles Regional Medical Center offers a Volunteen Program, which is a great way for a teen between the ages of 14 and 17 to be exposed to the healthcare environment while deciding if healthcare is the career for them. The program also offers teens an opportunity to serve their community and its residents.
Volunteens learn about the hospital setting while assisting staff members and patients. Volunteens spend between 4 and 30 hours each week at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center over the summer. Possible duties of Volunteens include: answering the phone, transporting patients in wheelchairs, making patient beds, reading to patients, washing hands and faces of patients, refilling water pitchers, transporting laboratory specimens and more. This program replaces the traditional “candy striper.”
How do I get Involved?
Students between the ages of 14 and 17 apply to the program. Following the submission of a completed application and reference requests, all applicants are reviewed to determine eligibility for training. Students will then come to the Medical Center for an interview where interests of the students are identified. We attempt to match students with their area of interest.
The program begins in late June and will consist of 3 two-week sessions. . Once you have completed the online application, print the Volunteen Reference Forms and Volunteen Permission Forms. References must be returned prior to the deadline noted on the application. The Volunteen Permission Forms should be brought to your interview. If you have questions about the Volunteen Program or need assistance, please call 301-609-4095.
The Volunteen Program provides:
- Experience working in a professional setting at an age younger than possible otherwise.
- Exposure to hospital atmosphere helping Volunteen to decide for (or against) a career in the Healthcare Field.
- Satisfaction in serving human and community needs.
- Excellent reference for future education or job application.
- Opportunity to obtain further information about career fields.
Volunteen Applications are accepted beginning April 1st of each year.