Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program

Volunteer and Research Experience

Classroom knowledge is both necessary and beneficial for a career in the medical, dental, or veterinary fields, but experience gained in local hospitals, clinics, research facilities, and social service agencies inspires our students to continue on their chosen career path. Our students reap both personal and professional rewards in their volunteer experiences during the program, and we require a 4-6 hour commitment per week during the fall semester for this very reason. We assist students as they research and apply to volunteer opportunities in Claremont and the Greater Los Angeles area.

To gain clinical exposure, past student experiences include volunteering at the following hospitals and healthcare facilities:

  • Cedars Sinai Medical Center
  • Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
  • COPE Health Scholar Program
  • Huntington Memorial Hospital
  • Lestonnac Free Clinic
  • Los Angeles County University of Southern California Medical Center
  • Los Angeles Free Clinic

Students seeking research opportunities have done so at the following locations:

  • Casa Colina
  • City of Hope
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • Loma Linda University Medical Center
  • UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Huntington Medical Research Institutes
  • CHAP Medical and Dental Health Center Community Health Alliance of Pasadena

Some students complete their volunteer experience at community outreach organizations and social service agencies, including:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Foothill AIDS Project
  • Planned Parenthood
  • American Red Cross
  • Foothill Family Shelter

Post-Bac program advisors guide students as they determine the volunteer experience that best fits their goals. Students are given dozens of opportunities to choose from, and some students find opportunities on their own if they have a particular field of interest.


Chelsea Roberts“I volunteered at City of Hope, a major oncology center in Southern California. I shadowed a breast cancer surgeon, and was able to interact with many patients. I am interested in working in women's health, and my volunteer position allowed me to experience another aspect of this field. Because I had only experienced medicine as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda, my volunteer opportunity helped me discover the medical field in the US.”

Chelsea Roberts, Class of 2014
Hofstra North Shore LIJ School of Medicine, Candidate for Doctor of Medicine (MD) (2014–2018)