Direct experience in some aspect of the health professions is one of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of the field and to determine whether it is an appropriate career choice for you. Clinical and patient experience can also demonstrate that you are aware of the realities of your future healthcare profession and have gained a deeper understanding of the commitment necessary.
Here is just a sample of some of the opportunities Georgetown University and the Washington DC area offer to our students.
Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service (GERMS)
is an all-volunteer, undergraduate student-run emergency ambulance service. Students may get trained as an EMT, participate in the EMS service, and take on leadership roles in the organization.
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
is located right on the Georgetown campus and has numerous opportunities for students to volunteer in the Year Round program, as a Surgical Liaison or in other clinical departments, with the Arts and Humanities program, with Project Knitwell, or in the Capital Breast Care Center. Additionally, students experience bench to bedside clinical research and interact with patients through participation in clinical trial research.
offers community-based health and wellness services to all with a special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV care. Students volunteer in the clinic offering free STI testing and health education services to members of the Washington DC community.
Arlington Free Clinic
provides free, high-quality health care to low-income, uninsured Arlington County adults. Students volunteer in both clinical and non-clinical roles.
offers nursing and support services to homeless men and women with advanced HIV disease and terminal cancer. Students volunteer through established service programs, including the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, the Mennonite Voluntary Service, and the Washington AIDS Partnership’s Health Corps.
One Tent Health
provides free HIV screening and rapid PrEP initiation in the most underserved areas of Washington DC. Student volunteers set up low-cost canvas tents in DC neighborhoods and offer free HIV services.
Project Sunshine Georgetown
is a nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children facing medical challenges and their families. Students volunteer with pediatric patients at the Georgetown Hospital.
*Students: For a complete updated list, please see the Canvas course link.