Updated December 2011

Shadowing/Mentorship Opportunities

  1. Natividad Medical Center: A 172-bed acute care community safety-net hospital located in Salinas, CA. There are a limited number of spaces available for students wishing to shadow a variety of different clinicians, so we suggest contacting the hospital earlier in the year. Often, physicians can act as premedical mentors, offering their insight into the medical profession and suggestions for applying to medical school. Students must complete the volunteer process prior to shadowing. Please contact the Hospital Auxiliary Services director, Nathan Fuentes – fuentesnd@natividad.com. (831) 755-4215
    • List of recommended physicians to contact will be posted soon

Volunteer Opportunities:

  1. Natividad Medical Center: Provides immersion experiences in healthcare including opportunities working as a child care worker, data entry clerk, escort service aide, transportation aide, patient escort desk, patient satisfaction survey compiler, patient advocate, special events coordinator. Students can work within the neonatal intensive care unit, intensive-care unit, maternal-infant unit, emergency room, labor-delivery unit, acute rehabilitation services, and pediatric unit. Please contact the Hospital Auxiliary Services director, Nathan Fuentes – fuentesnd@natividad.com. (831) 755-4215. He prefers meeting face-to-face with students to discuss interests prior to starting the volunteer process. The following steps need to be completed:
    • Complete volunteer packet (can be mailed to student or picked up in person from Nathan)
    • Complete hospital safety test
    • TB (PPD skin) test within one year
    • Volunteer orientation
  2. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP): With over 15 healthcare service centers, including a main 205-bed hospital, CHOMP offers students a variety of different volunteer experiences through its Community Hospital Auxiliary program. For more information regarding available services please go to www.chomp.org/ways-to-give/volunteer/about-auxiliary/index.aspx. 831-6254555
  3. Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital: This 269-bed public district hospital provides a number of services and opportunities for eager students. Volunteer opportunities are available through the Service League volunteer organization at SVMH, including pet therapy work, senior support services, and advance directive assistance (volunteers discuss end-of-life care with patients, including identifying living wills and durable power of attorney information). In addition, SVMH offers student programs through its Summer Health Institute which provides paid summer internships including 100 hours of classroom presentations and field trips along with 60 hours of internship. For institute information, please visit www.svmh.com/community/volunteer/vs_shi.aspx. Please contact the Director of Volunteer Services, Tiffany DiTullio – tditullio@svmh.com. 831-7550772
  4. Women Alive! Clinic: Provides a safe, non-judgmental, nurturing space for women beginning with an emergency overnight shelter. Currently, Women Alive! Is the only emergency walk-in shelter for street women in Monterey County and is accepting student volunteers. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Rev. Rick Slone. 831-7761314
  5. Dorothy’s Place Hospitality Center: Serves the hungry, homeless, and marginalized persons of the Salinas area. This social service and social justice organization serves meals daily, provides laundry, shower, and healthcare services. There’s also an active community outreach component as volunteers also work in farmworker camps. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Rev. Rick Slone. 831-7761314
  6. Medical and Humanitarian Aid for Africa (@ Seaside)
  7. Serena and Hospice
  8. Wisdom Adult Day Health Care Center: This facility located in Salinas provides holistic care to elderly and disabled residents throughout Monterey County. The facility has clinical staff on site, including nurses, clinical psychologists, therapists, a Registered Dietician, EMTs, many CNAs, and visits from MDs. The center houses programs designed to provide preventative care in order reduce depression and the need for pharmaceutical intervention by providing music, dance, computer, art, theater and other activities. Students are welcome to contact Dr. Shani Robins at shani@wisdomcenters.com to volunteer. Hours are M-F 8 am to 5 pm. More information may be found at: http://www.wisdomcenters.com/index.php

RotaCare Clinic

Monterey (Seaside) RotaCare Clinic
Wednesday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

1150 Fremont Boulevard
Seaside, CA 93955

Volunteer Positions that are Currently Available...
1. Clerk - Creating or locating patient charts as patients check in. This role is active mainly during the first couple hours of the clinic.
2. Chaperone - Escorting patients between check-in, intake, physician visit, and discharge. Assisting with patient flow within the clinic. This role is active throughout the course of the evening clinic.
3. Interpreter - FLUENT Spanish interpreters needed. Act as interpreter for patient, nurses, and physicians. Background in Medical Spanish is VERY helpful. Keep side conversations to a minimum, focus on facilitating the conversation between the patient and the physician/nurse. This role is active throughout the course of the evening clinic.

Volunteer Positions Available in the Near Future... (We're working on it! We will update the student Wiki when this position becomes available)
4. Health Education
5. Selected projects

Details & Expected Level of Commitment
  • 3 CSUMB students per clinic
  • Volunteer a minimum of 12 times in a year
  • If you are unable to make it during your scheduled volunteering shift, it is your responsibility to find someone to cover for you.
  • Frequency:
    • Once a month for 12 months
    • Twice a month for 6 months

What do I need to do in order to volunteer?