Brigham and Women's Medical Career Exploration Volunteer Program (MCEP) is designed to give undergraduate college students an opportunity to gain experience in a prestigious Harvard affiliated teaching hospital in order to help them make informed career/educational decisions while also availing them the opportunity to give back to the community. The program features a rotation of assignments that builds experience and culminates in a letter of recommendation and the opportunity to round with a physician for one day.
Those enrolled in the BWH MCEP are expected to make a minimum commitment of 12 months and 140 hours (60 hours of ambassador service and 80 hours in a department role) to volunteering at the hospital. We encourage participants to stay longer than 9 months to maximize professional and educational relationships.
Patient Access Ambassador (30 hours)
Central Transport Ambassador (15 hours)
Wayfinder Ambassador (15 hours)
"BWH truly is titanic in size. Today I saw 6-7 patients of varying backgrounds. The most memorable included a woman who was very happy to see me simply because I let her know her husband was waiting for her at the front desk; I helped a man heading towards ambulatory registration who asked me about my background and hope of becoming an MD; and a grandmother with her daughter telling me all about how she came in for an ultrasound of her partially occluded carotid artery and that she was never able to find the Vascuclar Lab." -BWH Patient Access Ambassador Volunteer
"I witnessed all types of (professional) relationships within the hospital and saw lots of things that I never really thought I would. I have always equated hospital life to what I had viewed on television shows. From my perspective, real life is so much better." -BWH Central Transport Ambassador Volunteer
Department Placement (80 hours)
Round with a Physician for one day and Letter of Recommendation (At completion of 140 hours)
Please view the following links for further information on eligibility criteria and how to get started:
Please contact the Office for Sponsored Staff and Volunteer Services at BWH to request more information and/or to enquire about program requirements by calling 617-732-5998 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with MCEP in the subject line.