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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. Are there any volunteer positions or departments where you DO NOT place volunteers?
  2. Do you ever accept volunteers under the age of 16?
  3. Should I wait to apply online until I am ready to send in my letters of reference?
  4. I sent in my application and letters of reference. When should I send in my immunization records?
  5. What if I send in my immunization records before I am placed?
  6. I don’t have a TB test within the last year. What should I do?
  7. I am currently an undergrad student and am thinking of getting a higher degree in medicine. What opportunities are available for me to volunteer?
  8. I have applied online, but have not heard from anyone after the suggested two week response. What should I do?
  9. I can only volunteer on weekends and evenings. What opportunities are available to me?
  10. I am part of a group that would like to come in to volunteer for a day at BMC. What are the appropriate steps to apply as a group?

1.  Are there any volunteer positions or departments where you DO NOT place volunteers?

There are various departments across the hospital where we do not place volunteers due to a variety of reasons. Some of those areas are: Medical Assistant, Pharmacy, Medical Interpretation, Phlebotomy, Research Laboratories. Volunteer Services is not responsible for the placement of paid/unpaid Internships, Shadowing or Observing.

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2.  Do you ever accept volunteers under the age of 16?
No. All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Unfortunately we are not able to make any exceptions.

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3.  Should I wait to apply online until I am ready to send in my letters of reference?
You do not need to wait to apply until you have your reference letters complete. We start a file for you when we receive the first documents for your application, whether it be your reference letters or application. Please keep in mind, we do wait to review volunteer applications until we have at least two letters of reference. Reference letters may be faxed, emailed, or mailed in to us.

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4.  I sent in my application and letters of reference. When should I send in my immunization records?
Because of the confidentiality of your information, we prefer to only accept immunizations from those applicants who have spoken to Volunteer Services or a BMC approved Volunteer Supervisor and been placed in a volunteer assignment.

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5. What if I send in my immunization records before I am placed?

While we prefer to accept immunizations only after you are placed, we do accept these records. Make sure to review our Immunization Cover Letter to have all of the appropriate immunizations/vaccinations.

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6. I don’t have a TB test within the last year. What should I do?
Once you are placed in a volunteer assignment, we ask you to send in your immunization records with one negative TB test. If you are unable to get a TB test prior to volunteer orientation, we do allow volunteers to get the required TB test at our Occupational and Environmental Medicine Department. 

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7. I am currently an undergrad student and am thinking of getting a higher degree in medicine. What opportunities are available for me to volunteer?
We place volunteers on a first-come, first-serve basis. Because of this, we have an ever changing flow of open volunteer positions. We recommend that you review our broad list of volunteer opportunities that are offered at BMC, however they are not all available at any given time.

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8. I have applied online, but have not heard from anyone after the suggested two week response. What should I do?
We generally do not reach out to applicants unless we receive two out of the three letters of reference. With this said, keep in mind that we receive many applications a week and review them on a first come first serve basis. Feel free to reach out to us, however we cannot guarantee that we are able to find a placement for all that apply.

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9. I can only volunteer on weekends and evenings. What opportunities are available to me?
Currently the only volunteer opportunities we have during the evening and weekends are in the Emergency Department and Inpatient Units. For a volunteer to be considered for this placement, he/she must have previous hospital experience, have outstanding recommendations and be at least 20 years old. These shifts fill up fast and generally have a wait list to volunteer.

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10. I am part of a group that would like to come in to volunteer for a day at BMC. What are the appropriate steps to apply as a group? 
Unfortunately we are not equipped to have groups volunteer for a short amount of time. Due to our application process and immunization and orientation requirements, there is a lot of “behind the scene” paperwork that goes in to bringing on a volunteer which is why we require a 3 month commitment.

 

Contact Volunteer Services

Main Phone: 617.414.5122
Email: Volunteer.Services@bmc.org


Boston Medical Center
Volunteer Services Department
Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center
850 Harrison Ave., 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118


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