The orthopedics clinics are a large and busy set of units with rotating daily focus–from scoliosis to club foot and more. This dynamic schedule provides volunteers with the opportunity to have a different experience each day. Tasks for volunteers include getting exam rooms ready between patient exams, helping out in the cast room (warning: not for the faint of heart), visiting with patients, completing paper projects, and helping staff with various errands and tasks. Volunteers should be self-motivated and are expected to be highly autonomous.
All volunteers will attend large group orientation where they will receive general University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics volunteer information. Orthopedic volunteers will also attend a small group orientation where they will receive a general overview and tour of the orthopedics clinics. Lastly, volunteers will receive training from a volunteer mentor during a mentor shift. If a mentor is not available, volunteers may instead shadow a staff member during in lieu of a mentor shift.
The dress code for this unit is a dress shirt or Volunteer Services polo, khaki pants, and closed-toe shoes. Shirts are available for purchase at Wild Rose Gifts (Main Entrance Lobby) Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers must follow the professional appearance policy, which includes wearing the volunteer badge at all times.
The Orthopedics Clinics are open to volunteers Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Areas of Study Best Suited
This unit would be a great fit for anyone pursuing a career in health care, though pre-physical therapy students may be especially interested.