Aside from providing underprivileged communities with better access to health care, another one of VHC’s main goals is to help facilitate student learning. We pride ourselves in providing students with firsthand experience in various health care components working alongside different groups of healthcare professionals. Student members attend weekly meetings to prepare and train for every aspect of our makeshift clinic— from measuring blood pressure, to taking medical history, to interpreting for our health professionals. Student members also help to raise funds and acquire supplies in preparation for our mobile health clinic. Since the creation of VHC, over 300 students have volunteered with us and more than 40% have gone on to successfully pursue careers in healthcare.
VHC also empowers our previous members by offering them the opportunity to return as student officers to deepen and broaden their leadership skills. Student officers oversee the training and preparation of student members, help coordinate and run the mobile health clinic, and develop any other opportunities to support communities in need. We look forward to providing our students with unique, educational opportunities as they join us to close the disparity gap in health care.
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frequently asked questions:
Who do we accept?
All students and professionals, 18 years and older, from any major and accredited school in the U.S.
How many student members are accepted?
For 2022-2023, we are adapting our programming and the number of student members we accept may vary from prior years.
When are student member's applications due?
Applications are due in the fall leading up to the summer clinic. For our 2023 mobile health clinic, applications are open October 17th and due, October 31st 2022 at 11:59pm PST
What will the application process look like this year, in-person interviews or virtual?
All interviews will be conducted in-person this year.
When is the mobile clinic?
How long is it for?
We are still determining the exact dates and duration of our mobile health clinic, but it is planned for Summer 2023.
Is there a cost to being a student member?
There is no upfront membership cost this year as we will not be traveling to Vietnam. However, there may be a cost to members depending on the location and duration of our health clinic that would go towards transportation, lodging, food, and other travel costs for members. We will work with students on every opportunity to bring costs down and provide payment options as needed.
How often are meetings?
Is attendance required?
Our general body meetings are for student members and officers to discuss, coordinate, and prepare for ongoing and future projects, which includes training as needed. Meetings are required for student members and are typically once a week. This year we plan to hold meetings in-person. The location is projected to be in Seattle.
What’s the difference between student members and volunteers?
Student members have certain requirements such as attending weekly meetings and trainings in preparation to serve patients at one of our health clinics. Volunteers on the other hand do not have to meet any requirements.