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Premedical Programs

Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)

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.

Course Description

Experiential course utilizing the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP). In this program student volunteers carry out program interventions directly at the bedside. This training program gives volunteers a level of patient contact and responsibility that is unique among hospital programs. The training course includes instruction in the four volunteer intervention programs: Daily Visitor Program, Feeding Assistance Program, Early Mobilization Program, Therapeutic Activities Program. Students must complete all elements of the training program including classroom instruction, Sim lab skills check-offs, and fulfill all required supervised training hours.


It is important for students entering healthcare professions to be cognizant of the complex needs of patients and be oriented to a variety of healthcare environments. This course provides an opportunity for students to develop skills related to working with older patients in a hospitalized setting. The class helps students develop clinical skills related to interacting with patients, incorporating a treatment plan into patient interactions and helping patients maintain cognitive and physical functioning throughout hospitalization. Finally, students will gain insight into the inpatient population and medical team involved in inpatient services. MED 220 provides students with an opportunity to gain the prerequisite clinical experience in order to take the MED 480 capstone course which is required for graduation.

Please see the syllabus in the documents and links section for more information about the content of the training and the expectations of participation.


If admitted to the course, you will work with Melissa Sedlak at Miami Valley Hospital to schedule your volunteer shifts after you are trained.  You are required to complete the two-day training session in order to participate in the program.  For fulfilling your volunteer hours and meeting the requirements for the course: You must make yourself available for 4 hours per week for the semester.

Fall 2020 TRAINING:

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 20 and 21


Please confirm that you are able to attend a training session by emailing the dates of the training session to Melissa Sedlak at

Students will be scheduled for weekly four hour shifts during the following dates and times:

Monday - Friday:

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In order to be registered for the course, you must submit to Meagan Lovin ( the following:

  • Miami Valley Volunteer Application
  • Verification of two step TB Test OR Bring the Employee Health TB Form to Miami Valley to get the blood draw for the T-spot test.
  • HELP Volunteer Information

You also need to provide the following documentation:

  • Printout of your immunization history
  • Flu Shot Verification
  • Pay a $10 uniform fee

There is space for 20 students. PLEASE EMAIL MEAGAN LOVIN ( and UPLOAD/ATTACH YOUR 3 DOCUMENTS if you want to be registered for the class. BE SURE YOU ARE ABLE TO ATTEND THE TRAINING BEFORE YOU COMMIT. 

Students will be registered for MED 220 once your completed forms and survey are received. MED 220 is a one-sem. hr. pass/fail course or can be taken for zero sem. hr. over the summer term.  Please indicate in your email if you wish to take the course for one or zero sem. hrs.

Please contact Dr. Scheltens if you have questions regarding the HELP program.


Premedical Programs

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