Give your pre-med studies real-world context.
Are you taking a gap year before entering Medical School? At Ronald McDonald House Houston, we offer a volunteer opportunity for highly motivated pre-med students who are taking time between college graduation and medical school matriculation to research school options and study for the MCATs. The RMH Houston Gap Year Program offers a chance to make good use of that time as you explore healthcare options and gain hands-on family-centered care experience as part of a small cohort of like-minded pre-med students. You will provide direct comfort and care to families of patients in the Pediatric Inpatient Oncology unit at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. As you provide food and snacks for them, initiate conversations that cultivate community, facilitate family activities, carry out operations of our in-unit kitchen, overnight bedrooms, and lounges, you curate a home away from home in the middle of a hospital unit, when family members most need support.
From this unique view, a nonprofit program housed within a hospital, you’ll learn and strengthen skills in active listening, cross-cultural understanding, and empathetic communication which will help equip you to be a physician with quality bedside manner. In addition to gaining familiarity and serving alongside non-profit and healthcare professionals in the Inpatient Pediatric Oncology Unit at MD Anderson, you will have the opportunity to attend talks and join discussions throughout the year at various TMC member institutions as well as form an MCAT study group with other cohort members.
We would love to hear from you if you are: a pre-med candidate studying for the MCATs or awaiting matriculation at medical school. The right candidates will be empathetic, effective communicators, motivated self-starters and team players who are responsive to the needs of others.
Minimum Commitment: 340 hours total. Two three-hour hospitality volunteer shifts per week, two three hour Family Activity hosting shifts per month, with additional two hour seminar block reserved weekly for talks, discussions and study groups. All volunteer shifts, study group, and additional education hours will be scheduled Monday through Friday between 9 am and 9 pm.
Program Length: 9 months – September 2019 through May 2020.
How to Apply
The RMH Houston Gap Year Program is a small, competitive volunteer program, with limited spots available. Applications will be accepted May 19, 2019 – June 15, 2019.
- Click Here to fill out volunteer application noting you are applying for the Gap Year program:
- Send resume’ to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications without corresponding resume’ will not be considered.
We are unable to interview every applicant. Applicants will receive an email acknowledgement indicating whether or not they have been selected for an interview. Interviews will take place in the last two weeks of June 2019.
If you are selected for an interview, you will be required to bring an unofficial transcript.
Interviewees will be notified by July 9th if they have been accepted to the program.