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Clinical Exploratory Program

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The Clinical Exploratory Program was developed to offer a wholesome experience to our undergraduate student volunteers. It is divided into two semesters followed by a final clinical experience.

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  • To serve our community of patients, families and visitors 
  • To educate students about the culture of working in a hospital 
  • To provide a wholesome experience to our student volunteers that would help them make a decision about their careers 

First Semester  

Volunteers are assigned to the Specimen Transport/Front Greeter Role. This role will teach them how to interact with patients more effectively. Volunteers will also learn about the geography of Massachusetts Eye and Ear. If this role is not available, the manager will decide what placement would be appropriate based on availability and patient needs. 

Second Semester

Volunteers are assigned to a role in an outpatient or inpatient unit, allowing them to see a different side of the hospital experience. Placements will be based on availability and current needs. 

Clinical Experience

Volunteers end the program by choosing a final experience. It could be shadowing an anesthesiologist (may include observing the OR), observe at one of our labs, or observe in the OR. Volunteers may also be paired with one of our physicians to do a shadow experience. Placements will be based on seniority, scheduling and availability.  


  • Must be a full-time student in a health care career path 
  • Must be 18 years or older 
  • Must volunteer during the school year, not solely during breaks 
  • Must complete at least 10 months of volunteering 
  • Weekends/evenings not allowed during the first semester, and very limited during the second semester 

*The order of assignments may vary based on availability 
*The start and end date is subject to change based on requirements and training dates

Apply to our Clinical Exploratory Program