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Bloomington Hospital Emergency Room Volunteer Program

The Health Professions and Prelaw Center sponsors an Emergency Room Volunteer Program at Bloomington Hospital. The program is only open to Indiana University premed students who meet certain admission requirements (see below).

Student volunteers with the program assist the physicians and staff of the Bloomington Hospital Emergency Department with any duties they need completed. This involves changing linen, restocking rooms with necessary supplies, escorting patients to various locations within the hospital, escorting patients to their cars upon discharge, and various other duties assigned by the staff. These duties do not include direct medical contact with patients but may include, with physician consent, the observation of procedures conducted in the emergency department.

Each volunteer shift is three hours. One shift is required per week.

Applications for the ER Volunteer Program

Applications are taken at the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer terms at Indiana University. Please watch for an announcement on the HPPLC premed email list for information about the application process. You must be a premed student at Indiana University and be subscribed to the HPPLC premed email list (to subscribe please click here). Students must submit an application for the program and be interviewed by the program coordinator(s).

Minimum requirements to be admitted to the program

  1. Completion of at least 18 credit hours of premedical requirements (from BIOL-L 111, 112, and 113 OR BIOL-L 112, 113 and 211; CHEM-C 117, 341, 342, 343, CHEM-N 330; PHYS-P 201 and 202 OR PHY-P 221 and 221).
  2. Junior or senior status (sophomores with junior status will be considered, although due to the limited number of positions, priority will be given to upperclassmen).
  3. Minimum overall and science GPA of 3.6.

All volunteers must attend a mandatory orientation at Bloomington Hospital prior to volunteering. Students who do not attend the orientation will be ineligible to volunteer.