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Premedical Programs

Clinical Experience

Students from all majors can gain valuable clinical experience by participating in mini-courses sponsored by Premedical Programs. A central component of the mini-courses is on-site volunteer experience within a community partner organization.

Descriptions of the mini-courses we offer can be found on the courses page. 

Additional experiential learning is available through UD's Pre-Health Resource Center (PHRC).

  • MED 210 – Premedical Community Experience where students are oriented to and trained to provide services as a volunteer at a local healthcare center serving the underserved population.
  • MED 230 - Community Pre-Dental Experience focuses on healthcare for under-served populations and provides students with the broader context around social and health inequities. Students meet for class most weeks of the semester and shadow and volunteer at a local dental clinic. 
  • MED 339 – International Medical Experience where students complete a full fall semester course to prepare for a medical/dental/public health brigade to Central America. The following January, students travel with local physicians and faculty to Central America to work with an international service organization providing healthcare to underserved populations in rural communities.

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Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)

student with elderly patient

University of Dayton students have the opportunity to gain clinical experience by participating in HELP, an innovative model program designed to improve the hospital experience of older patients. Students must be registered for the premed mini-course MED 220 which is a 1 semester hour, pass/fail course. Students must also complete the training program, including a sixteen-hour volunteer training session prior to the start of the program, and commit to a minimum of sixty volunteer hours throughout the semester.

  • MED 220 – Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) where students are trained to carry out bedside interventions and then experience a high level of responsibility and patient contact by volunteering to work with the elderly inpatient population at Miami Valley Hospital.

Premedical Programs

Science Center
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2361