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Clinical Volunteering 101 for Pre-Health Students

Patricia Cusack, Ed.D., Director of Volunteer Services at MJHS (Metropolitan Jewish Health System, Hospice and Palliative Care,) will conduct an Information Session for students interested in learning about the details of the enrollment process for becoming a hospice volunteer. MJHS is one of the largest hospices in the tri-state area. Once the details are presented, there will be a QA segment so that participants will leave with a solid understanding of 1) the services that are rendered to persons who qualify for the end-of-life hospice support; 2) how volunteers fit into the clinical Interdisciplinary Team work that is unique to the hospice model; 3) what, exactly, volunteers are trained to do and, by contrast, what they are not permitted to do. Hospice volunteers are a vital part of the Interdisciplinary Team and are under the guidance and supervision of a paid Volunteer Coordinator. Hospice volunteers provide companionship for patients and families, engage in leisure activities (reading, music, games, art, etc. with patients), enable “life review” projects for patients who are interested, and a host of other creative activities. Of course, hospice services are rendered amidst a clinical setting – in a home, an IPU in a hospital, a nursing home or a hospice residence. An initial screening process is required, followed by 15 hours of training which is mandated by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). Becoming a hospice volunteer is an effective way for pre-health students to gain exposure to the profound experiences of end-of-life care for patients – emotionally, medically, spiritually and psycho-socially.

  • audience::Students
When May 01, 2019
from 01:10 pm to 03:00 pm
Hosting organization Pre-Health Advising
Speaker Patricia Cusack
Speaker Information Patricia Cusack, Ed.D. Director of Volunteer Services MJHS (Metropolitan Jewish Health System, Hospice and Palliative Care
Where Hunter North, Room 510
Contact Email
Contact Phone 2127725244
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