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GSK Clinical Education Centre (Volunteer Opportunity with Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences)

Organization Name: GSK Clinical Education Centre
Opportunity Title: Volunteer Opportunity with Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences
Category: Health / Medical
Commitment: Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: August 29, 2022
End Date: May 31, 2023

  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and over
  • Family-oriented volunteering
Opportunity Description:

The Volunteer Patient Program is a division of the Health Sciences Experiential Learning Program (HSCELP) within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University. A Volunteer Patient (VP) is an individual who has a willingness to work with students and share their authentic experiences. Volunteers are not required to have a medical condition in order to participate. Volunteer Patients provide faculty and students opportunities to teach, assess, and refine a variety of skills, including communication, interview, diagnostic, and clinical skills. Students are beginning their learning and use interview skills to examine the health, social, and psychological aspects of a volunteer’s experience with health (either their own or if they have acted as a caregiver). Participants control the depth of information they provide and students, bound by the Health Professional’s Code of Ethics, must keep all video and print information in the strictest of confidence. The use of pseudo names is required in any written work that the students submit to supervising faculty. The Volunteer Patient Program is a fundamental resource for curriculum. Our goal is to provide hands-on learning in controlled, simulated environments for our students. Working with VPs allows students to learn and explore a variety of techniques without causing harm. Some of these techniques include: History taking Physical examination Professionalism Communication Patient-centered approach to doctor/patient interaction Compassion and empathy We are currently looking for volunteers who: Are able to work patiently and professionally with Queen’s staff and students Are reliable and punctual Are comfortable sharing their own health history as required Are available to work during the weekdays and have a flexible schedule The Volunteer Patient Program is strongly committed to diversity within its community and particularly encourages applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. If you wish to become a VP, please email for additional program information.

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