Clinical Opportunities

Professional schools look for applicants who have at least 10-12 months of clinical experience. Any setting in which you have direct patient contact can provide you with clinical experience. 

Guidelines for Clinical Shadowing

The guidelines on this PDF were established by the AAMC in collaboration with medical school and pre-medical advisor working groups. The AAMC has also provided some tips on how to approach a physician for a shadowing opportunity.

Please always remember to thank anyone who makes time to mentor you in any capacity. A written thank you note - snail mail or at least email - is appropriate in these situations.

Clinical Shadowing Opportunities - Now Online!

Below is a listing of physicians and dentists who have Clinical Shadowing positions available within their various clinics.  Confused on how to access it? Watch this video tutorial!

The HPAO has collaborated with the Career Center to provide all clinical shadowing opportunities from our office binder on Careers4Terps! All you have to do is login using your student ID and you can peruse all available opportunities online! 

If you are an Alumni, you will need to request access in order to view our database. Simply create an Alumni log-in for yourself and wait to receive authorization from the Career Center. Once authorized you are able to see all that our database has to offer!

It may be helpful to complete HIPAA certification as you seek clinical experiences as some sites may require it or highly encourage it.

Looking for a DO?

The HPAO keeps a list of DOs in the area who are open to shadowing in our office! Stop by if you'd like to take a look. In addition, feel free to check out to find a local DO that you could possibly contact to shadow!

Hospitals and Clinics

**CCI Health & Wellness Clinical & Non-Clinical Volunteer Opportunities:

We are pleased to announce a new collaboration with CCI Health & Wellness Services in Gaithersburg, Greenbelt, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, and Wheaton.  CCI Health & Wellness Services is a group practice bringing together Primary Care, Family Planning, Prenatal, Dental, WIC and other services across several site. CCI is in need of volunteers to serve in various capacities, including translation/interpretation, patient assistance, electronic medical record & patient portal, Reach Out and Read program continuation, Spring/Summer health fair assistants, etc.

Students who are only interested in health fairs and events do not need to interview or provide medical records.  Simply sign up for the once-monthly volunteer newsletter here to stay up-to-date on this month’s new volunteer opportunities.  Students interested in long-term positions with regular hours should fill out a volunteer application (will be updated Spring 2017). Record of Hepatitis B vaccine, this season’s flu shot, TB Test recent within 1 year, and a clean background check (provided) are all required before volunteers may interact with patients. Students will be expected to commit to at least one 4-hour shift a week for a minimum of 6 months. These positions allow students to learn about public health in the community setting while interacting with patients on a daily basis. 

**Prince George's Hospital/UMD Clinical Volunteer Collaboration:

The HPAO has an established volunteer program with Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, MD.  PGHC is a Level Two trauma center and the second largest trauma center in the state.  The ER has 50,000 visits a year and is staffed by experienced physicians, nurses, PA's and ancillary staff. Students will work in the Emergency Department and will have consistent opportunities to interact with patients and families to assess patient satisfaction and assure patient comfort throughout their visit. Students will also have the ability to sit in on education training offered to medical, PA and NP students rotating through the ED, and will be invited to quarterly discussions with Dr. Brandon Cole and other ED physicians on careers in medicine.

Interested students should fill out the on-line employment application and read through the attached information provided about the position. An interview, TB and flu test are required for each candidate. Students will be expected to commit to one 4-hour shift a week for a minimum of 100 hours.  

For more information and to apply, visit the website at or contact  Wanda Harper-Howard, Volunteer Services Coordinator at: In addition, check out these handouts, consisting of the instructions on how to apply and the volunteer forms. 

**AIM-Advocates for Improving Medicine Inc

Advocates for Improving Medicine, Inc. (AIM) is a non-profit organization based at the University of Maryland, College Park that strives to serve medically underserved communities by working at free clinics and centers. We not only contribute via clinical volunteering, but also address barriers to healthcare access and delivery through education, public health, and other avenues. By integrating the strengths of the UMD community, we unite volunteers with diverse expertise who share the same passion for giving back to such communities. It is all student-run and staffed.  For more information or to access the online application, please visit

Scribe Programs

Summer Research Associates Programs

  • The National Alliance of Research Associates Programs

  • Research Associates Program at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, CT

General Volunteering and Stepping Stones

  • Washington Adventist Hospital: (301-891-5444)

  • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital: (301-279-6111)

  • Mobile Medical Care, INC: (301-493-2400)

Pre-Med Study Abroad Experiences

Local EMT Training