Medical students volunteer to speak to the Summer Enrichment Program participants and the High School Health Careers Program participants on two occasions between June - August. Volunteers participate in a panel discussion with other medical students to answer questions about applying and getting into medical school and/or their personal journey to medical school and life as a medical school student.
The following section is for Department Supervisors only:
Host Shadow Day
Students from Worcester East Middle School (one of our partner schools) are paired with a department host at UMMS, UMHC, and Abbott Biomedical Research. Shadowing through the WPC provides seventh and eighth grade students with opportunities to observe possible career choices that are available and attainable.
Host North High School Interns for One Semester
Seniors from North High School's Health and Science Academy and Worcester Technical High School's Health Assistant Program are matched for internships for one school semester. Seniors from these two schools are placed at UMMHC and Umass departments.
The WPC Mentor Program matches individuals from its partnership institutions including elementary, middle, high school, and college students with professional staff in the health care and science careers. Through one-to-one and group mentoring sessions, health professionals and student volunteer/mentors support the academic work of pipeline students and increase their awareness of careers in the health care and science professions. In addition, Visiting Scientists and Projects Fair Coaches provide positive role models who can awaken career aspirations.
Mentors share their professional expertise regarding education and career planning. Volunteers/mentors benefit from their volunteer experience by gaining a broader perspective on social issues and concerns of their mentors.
A variety of opportunities are available to volunteer. The Volunteer Questionnaire and Volunteer Opportunities Flyer can assist you in determining where you would like to volunteer / mentor. You can also contact Robert Layne at 508-856-2417 to discuss the volunteer details in full and he can best match your time availability with the available options.
Becoming a Volunteer/Mentor
To become a mentor, please download the Volunteer Application and the CORI Application, complete and mail to:
UMass Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Office of Outreach Programs, Rm S3-104
Worcester, MA 01655
The CORI needs to be an original form and must be mailed. If you can't open the PDF formatted forms, you need to download the free Adobe Reader.
Volunteer Mentor and CORI check Application Package (link to PDF)