Many health professions expect applicants to have volunteer experience or work with underserved and disadvantaged communities. This is an absolute MUST for medical school. Overall, volunteer work and service demonstrates compassion and empathy as well as shows commitment to helping communities with limited access to healthcare and vital resources.


Preuss School: Be a tutor or mentor
International Rescue Committee: Volunteer with refugees, asylees, and other immigrants
Alternative Breaks: Service learning trips for the globally conscious citizen
HFiT (Health Frontiers in Tijuana): Developmental experiences in public health and healthcare for underserved communities
Flying Samaritans: organization that provides medical care in Ensenada, Mexico

Examples of service:

  • caring for the elderly
  • volunteering at food banks
  • helping the homeless 
  • caring for people with disabilities
  • tutoring in low-income highschools and communities
  • providing health education to underserved communities

For more information on service opportunities, visit the Real Portal and Center for Student Involvement.