points to consider:
- All volunteers must be at least 18 years of
age to enter the program. Students, age 16 and 17, may qualify for
our Summer Junior Program, offering high school students the opportunity
to volunteer at MGH. The sign up for the Junior Program will start on March 4th, 2013. Please call our department at 617-726-8540 to learn more.
- The minimum requirement for volunteering is
three hours a week for at least three months.
- The hospital requires that all volunteers provide documentation
of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine and recent TB test results
(from within the past 90 days).
If you have not fulfilled these medical requirements,
the Volunteer Department can schedule an appointment for you with our
Occupational Health Office at your follow-up interview.
There is no charge for an Occupational Health appointment.
If you prefer, you may see your own primary care provider. However,
it is important to note that costs for MMR vaccinations and TB testing
will vary among medical providers and are expensive. Insurance plans
often do not cover these tests. These charges will be the
responsibility of the new volunteer and not the responsibility of the
Volunteer Department or the Massachusetts General Hospital.
started as a new MGH volunteer is a step by step process
designed to ensure that all volunteers are oriented to
hospital and Volunteer Department policies.
|| Register for an
upcoming volunteer orientation.
to be sent to our orientation registration page.
||Complete an online application.
Once you register for an orientation, a confirmation email will be sent to you. Within the email,
there is a link to our online application. The application must be submitted electronically
prior to attending an orientation.
||Attend an orientation.
||Sign up for a follow up interview
at the orientation.
More information about the process of becoming a volunteer at MGH...
the orientation you will learn in detail about the requirements
for volunteering at MGH, the history and mission
statement of MGH, policies and procedures including: Fire
Safety, Patient Confidentiality and Infection Control.
Additionally, our staff will discuss the opportunities that we have available through
the MGH Volunteer Department.
the end of the orientation, you will schedule a follow up interview
with a member of the Volunteer Department staff.
If you are accepted into
the program, you will:
- review service descriptions
for the opportunities that you are interested in.
- complete a criminal and sexual offender background
- determine the exact start-up
procedure for your placement.
placement has a distinct training and start-up procedure.
Some placements require that you attend another orientation
in the department you will be volunteering in before your
Other placements require that you "shadow"
a seasoned volunteer in the placement that you are entering
to learn the skills that are needed to perform the job.