Work/Volunteer Opportunities for Medical Students

Students: Seeking an Opportunity? 

Note: Medical students who wish to receive credit for any position should be sure to contact their UME advisor (Heather Peng or Cha Viloria). 

Want to Post an Opportunity? 

Questions?  Please, contact James Moser at or at (415) 476-4986. We will happily post your opportunity and keep up here for one month.  Thank you for thinking of our students 


Organization: Arthritis Foundation, SF Office
Position: Volunteers needed at Walk-to-Cure Arthritis, Sat. May 30th
Compensation: Breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt
Address: Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, SF. 94118
Information about position: The Arthritis Foundation is a public health organization ( and our Walk-to-Cure Arthritis raises funds to cure the nation's #1 cause of disability.  We need volunteers to support our fight to end this devasting disease.  The volunteer  opportunities are set-up, registration, refreshments, course monitoring and  many more.  The shifts can start as early as 6am and end at 1pm.  Volunteers will receive a light breakfast, t-shirt and an opportunity to impact someone's life living with arthritis!
How to apply: For more information, please contact Cecilia Haywood: or 415-356-1230
Date Posted: March 19, 2015

Organization: UCSF Pediatric Emergency Department
Position: Research Assistant
Compensation: None
Address: 1975 4th St., San Francisco, CA 94158
Information about position:
My name is Bryan Cooper-Sood and I'm an ex-UCSF pediatric resident and now work in the neonatal ICU at UCSF (as well as other hospitals). I'm going to be one of the fellows at Children's Hospital Oakland in pediatric emergency  
medicine starting in July.
I'm currently conducting a research project in the UCSF peds ED at Mission Bay and I'm looking for medical student volunteers who would like to help out and in doing so, get some experience doing research and hopefully get  
something published if we find the result we are hoping for. The project aims to use down-time that families experience in the ED to educate them surrounding car seats and restraint devices. Specifically, we identify otherwise normal children (no special requirements in terms of restraint devices while riding in a car) and after getting their consent, ask their parents to take a short, 6-question quiz and then read a 1 page handout afterwards, which contains the answers to the quiz and other information. The quiz contains question about age, height, and weight requirements, etc, recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, as to the proper use of car seats and booster seats for kids. We then call them 2-4 weeks later and give them the same quiz (to see if our intervention improved their understanding) and 5 additional questions trying to measure if their attitudes and actions re: car seats have changed.
We need med student volunteers to physically enroll patients in the study and also to call families for follow-up. The times are completely flexible as the ED is open 24/7.
How to apply: If you are interested, please send me an email at containing a bit of information about yourself (what year you are in, what your career interests might be, etc) and why you are interested in the project and we can discuss further.
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Date Posted: March 13, 2015