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The majority of hispitals and clinics require HIPAA training of their volunteers. The volunteer offices of these institutions conduct the training which typically involves an orientation (usually monthly) a drug test, tuberculosis test, a review of your vaccination record, and a criminal background check. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has compiled a useful guide to HIPAA orientation. Every volunteer office manages the training a bit differently. To make the most of your experience as a volunteer, learn about the duties you would perform at different hospitals or clinics, plan your volunteer training early in your college education and participate regularly over an extended period of time. Most volunteer offices would expect 2-5 hours of your time per week. Schedules vary so you have flexibility.
As a certified volunteer at a hospital or clinic you will also be able to reach out to various clinicians to observe their work more closely. While shadowing clinicians is generally something you would do sporadically, it can enrich your perspective on different fields and different approaches to clinical practice. This can be a valuable complement to your longer-term volunteer commitments but you should plan for this to be just one component of your clinical engagement and career exploration.
Hospital, Clinic and Hospice Volunteer Offices Sorted by Proximity to Brown
Providence and Rhode Island
A psychiatric and substance abuse hospital for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors
Providence--Rhode Island Hospital
Rhode Island’s largest hospital which provides comprehensive medical care
Providence--Hasbro Children's Hospital
A hospital that provides a wide range of pediatric medical services
Providence--Miriam Hospital Volunteer Services
A community general hospital with a full range of diagnostic and treatment services
Providence--Roger Williams Medical Center
An 86-bed medical and surgical hospital located in Providence, Rhode Island
Providence--Veterans Administration Hospital
A hospital for comprehensive outpatient and inpatient health care to area veterans
Providence--Brown University Emergency Medical Services
The Brown community EMT unit for basic and advanced life support care and transfer
Providence--Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island
Rhode Island’s largest and most comprehensive provider of hospice and palliative care
Providence & Newport--Rhode Island Free Clinic
A facility dedicated to serving uninsured and under-insured Rhode Island residents
Providence--Rhode Island Hospital Foreign Language Translating in a Medical Setting. Contact the volunteer office at Rhode Island Hospital for more information.
Providence--Women & Infants Hospital
A leading speciality hospital for women and newborns
A 318-bed medical and surgical hospital located in Warwick Rhode Island
Pawtucket--Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
While the 152-bed general medical and surgical hospital located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island has closed, the link leads to the websites of outpatient clinics in the area.
Woonsocket--Landmark Medical Center
A 140-bed general medical and surgical hospital located in Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Boston Area and Massachusetts
Martha's Vineyard, MA--Camp Jabberwocky
Summer camp for children and adults with disabilities
Ashford, CT--The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
A camp for seriously ill children and their families