The University of Texas at Austin - What Starts Here Changes The World
The University of Texas at Austin Division of Student Affairs
Navigation Menu
healthyhorns.utexas.edu

Clinic Volunteer Program

What is the UHS Clinic Volunteer Program?

The UHS Clinic Volunteer Program offers students an opportunity for clinical experience and direct patient contact in the UHS General Medicine, Sports Medicine, and Women's Health clinics.

Duties can include:

  • Assisting healthcare providers and nursing staff with patient care
  • Taking vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, respirations, temperature)
  • Conducting vision screening
  • Applying certain orthopedic appliances

Returning volunteers (2nd or 3rd year) may learn additional clinical skills and work in the UHS Urgent Care Clinic or the Laboratory.

Additional duties for returning volunteers can include:

  • Performing electrocardiograms (EKGs)
  • Fitting patients for and instructing on crutch use
  • Phlebotomy (blood drawing)

Clinic volunteers must commit to at least four hours per week for two long semesters (fall & spring). All volunteers must display regular attendance and professional conduct. Those who perform satisfactorily at the end of the two-semester commitment may continue to participate if they wish. Summer participation is also available for experienced volunteers.

New students accepted into the program are offered the opportunity to enroll in HED 352K: PEER HEALTH LEADERSHIP. The one semester course consists of two parts: a 1.5 hour lecture and a 4 hour volunteer shift (to be scheduled at the start of the semester) per week. Prior to the semester, volunteers are required to attend Volunteer Orientation, where they will complete the necessary compliance training, forms, and immunizations. Enrollment in HED 352K is not required; however, attendance to all lectures and completion of all course activities is required to be in the Clinic Volunteer Program.

Our program focuses primarily on providing a rewarding learning opportunity for the volunteer. While many hospitals use volunteers to perform tasks such as paperwork, answering phones, or picking up linen and lunch trays, UHS clinic volunteers have direct patient contact. UHS patients and staff appreciate and support the program.

History of the UHS Clinic Volunteer Program

At the recommendation of the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), UHS launched the Clinic Volunteer Program in the spring of 1998. The program has grown nearly each semester. An average of 75 volunteers work throughout the General Medicine, Sports Medicine, Women's Health, and Urgent Care clinics, as well as the UHS Laboratory each semester. Most volunteers are pre-med or pre-nursing students.

UHS takes great pride in their volunteers. As a part of the university community, we value our role as mentors of tomorrow's health care professionals and consumers.

clinic volunteers

Interested in applying for the UHS Clinic Volunteer Program?

UHS accepts applications for the program each spring semester for volunteers to start the following summer or fall semester. Qualified applicants are interviewed and selected each April.

Lower and upper division undergraduates and graduate students from any major or background are welcome to apply. A major in a health-related field is preferred but not required.

New and returning volunteers begin their mandatory training each semester before classes begin with an extensive orientation to UHS and a clinical skills workshop. Volunteers receive additional on-the-job training and increased responsibility as skill and proficiency grow. See the application for training dates.

The online application is now closed. Thank you to those who have applied. We will not be finished reviewing applications until the end of March 2014. You will receive communication from us by early April 2014 to inform you if you have been selected for an interview or have been added to the wait list. Interviews will be held the week of 4/7/2014. If selected, mandatory orientation and training will be held on the following date:

8-22-14 (Friday), from 8:30-4:00

clinic volunteers in clinic

UHS Clinic Volunteer Program Contact Information

Kathy Mosteller, RN
Nursing Director, Clinic Volunteer Program Coordinator
University of Texas at Austin, University Health Services
Office: SSB 2.404A, Campus Mail A3900

(email is the preferred method of contact)
Phone: (512) 475-8365
Fax: (512) 471-0898