If you are a pre-med student you should consider volunteering at one of these local facilities in order to get experience in the healthcare system. You can simply volunteer at them or apply for college credit as an internship (BIO498); one credit is awarded for every 3 hours/week of service for the semester (15 weeks).
These are a great opportunities to get patient exposure while studying for your degree. They are also important opportunities to meet healthcare professionals and earn their letters of recommendation for apply to postgraduate schools.
To get college credit you will need to submit a “Learning Contract and Internship Proposal” form, which is available in Dr. Slish’s office. This form requires signatures from the, faculty sponsor, the volunteer coordinator at the site, and the Biology Dept. chairperson and is then dropped off at the office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences (in Ward Hall). Internship credit is awarded based on the amount of time spent in the hospital per week; three hours in service per week for 15 weeks is worth one. This is a total of 45 hours per credit per semester. You can take a maximum of 2 credits per semester and a total of 3 credits while here at Plattsburgh. You can do the internship at an accelerated pace during the winter or summer breaks, as long as 45 hours are completed for each credit.
You will be awarded a pass/fail grade for this internship based on your attendance and performance at the hospital (as reported by the staff on duty), a journal that you will keep during the semester, and final report (1–3 pages) that you will write. The paper is due on the Wednesday of the last week of classes.
To sign up, please go to the office of Dr. Slish, Hudson 325.
- University of Vermont Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital
- Meadowbrook Healthcare
- Samuel F. Vilas Home
- Eye Care for the Adirondacks
Questions, Comments, Suggestions?
For more information about pre-health professions advisement at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact
Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee Chairperson
Office: Hudson Hall 325
Phone: (518) 564-5160