We are delighted that you are interested in working with our students as they serve their communities. Having qualified role models is a key component of our service-learning program at the University of Washington. Your participation is greatly appreciated and absolutely necessary.
Volunteer Provider RoleAs an experienced professional you will model for our students how you think through a problem and how you communicate and collaborate with patients. The students may know some of the science of medicine, but not the art. You have a great deal to add to their education. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and passion for patient care!
Interprofessional ApproachMany of our projects are now interdisciplinary! The development of interprofessional teams has the added benefit of helping learners understand the roles of other health professionals and their own place and contribution to a well-functioning health care system.
Thank youThank you for your interest in our programming. Sometimes we can get so caught up in our studies that we lose track of the reasons why we went into health care to begin with. Service learning can help. It gives us a chance to serve the less fortunate in our communities, identifying their inherent strengths, building on those. Service learning gives trainees real life opportunities to utilize the knowledge gained through course work and both actualize and reflect on our values. Scratch that itch to do something positive in the world!
“Precepting can help you feel better about yourself and the world. This is one of the greatest positives about precepting. Taking a few hours to work with totally selfless health sciences students who are searching for ways to help the less fortunate is the best antidote to the COVID blues and political cynicism that I’ve found. It is a joyful experience. Give it a try and see if you don’t agree.”
- Richard Arnold, MD