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Volunteer Requirements

The term "volunteer" applies to any individual who performs a task on behalf of Dartmouth-Hitchcock without compensation or expectation of compensation, after being officially accepted and approved by the Director of Volunteer Services to serve in a volunteer capacity for Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Volunteers are asked to commit to at least six months of service in their assignment.
    • Emergency Room volunteers are asked to commit to 150 hours because of the extensive training involved. Most volunteers are able to fulfill their time commitment through weekly three- to four-hour shifts.
  • Volunteers are required to have a Tuberculosis (TB) test, Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis)and Influenza Vaccine. These are available through our Occupational Health clinic. This appointment is free of charge.
    • Volunteers working in the Emergency Department are encouraged to get the Hepatitis B vaccine. 

All volunteers are expected to be enrolled through Volunteer Services. Volunteers are screened, evaluated, assigned, and managed through Volunteer Services in collaboration with the department where they will work.

The following programs are not a part of Volunteer Services:

  • Clinical Observation: Requests for clinical observation are to be directed to the Office of Clinical Affairs for approval and are not managed through the volunteer office. See the Authorized Observer Program below.
  • Authorized Observer Program: Active clinical staff members can request observation privileges for licensed physicians and/or other professionally licensed individuals who do not have privileges to practice for Dartmouth-Hitchcock; students from medical, nursing, college or hospital technical training programs without affiliation agreements with Dartmouth-Hitchcock; appropriate vendors, sales representatives, consultants, etc.
    • The requesting physician must plan for the experience, including defining expected educational outcomes, if applicable. A request is given to the Section Chief/Department Chair for review and approval. The Department Chair requests observation privileges from the Executive Medical Director. Observation privileges are processed through the Medical Staff Office.
    • For more information contact Patty Spencer at (603) 650-5349, or Michele Scearbo at (603) 650-4671.
  • Shadowing: The Nathan Smith Shadowing Program is the only program approved for shadowing. To be eligible you must be a Dartmouth student and a member of the Nathan Smith Society, a Dartmouth student organization that serves all students interested in the health professions. The shadowing program allows undergrad pre-meds to follow a physician or other health care provider into clinical activities. Any Dartmouth College undergraduate who is a Nathan Smith Society member is eligible to participate. This program is coordinated and run by Dr. Lee Witters.
  • Career Observation: The purpose of this observational experience is to acquaint the participant with the practical aspects of a career in nursing. This program is coordinated and run by the Center for Nursing Excellence.
  • Nursing Internships: Contact the Center for Nursing Excellence at (603) 650-8008.
  • Internships other than nursing: If you are inquiring about an internship, please contact the department director of the area where you are interested in interning. If an internship is available, ask the director to check with the Office of Corporate Contracting to ensure there is a compliant contract with your school. If no contract exists, ask a representative of your school to contact our Contracting Office.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock is committed to providing all qualified persons, regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, age, physical or mental challenges, protected veteran status or obligation for service in the armed forces with equal opportunities to serve as a volunteer.

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