Student gains experience volunteering at BWFH
Lew is a senior Health Psychology major at MCPHS University (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences). As part of her school's field placement program, she volunteers at BWFH for ten hours a week. "Volunteering here has helped me figure out if I want to pursue a career in social work after graduation," she explains. "I've learned so much about patients' rights and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) in school, but now I understand how they work on a human level."
Lew says that the opportunity to talk with patients is her favorite aspect of volunteering. From this, she is able to understand the patient experience. She also takes the opportunity to speak with social workers, doctors, and other members of the staff to gain perspective on the medical field. After graduation, Lew plans on applying to graduate school for social work, and also plans on pursuing a family and marriage therapy certificate. She hopes to work specifically with war veterans because her great-grandfather was a Korean War veteran.
When asked about her overall experience volunteering at BWFH, Lew says that the people are very friendly, and that her experiences have encouraged her to work in a hospital setting after graduation. "I hope to work at a smaller, community hospital like BWFH someday," she explains. "Everyone is so nice here, and I enjoy helping people within a close-knit environment."
When not volunteering, Lew keeps busy with her studies at school, and enjoys pilates and cooking. She also loves to explore the city of Boston, and especially enjoys the New England Aquarium and the Museum of Fine Arts.
If you are interested in volunteering at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, please visit the BWFH website here to review the list of requirements and to download the volunteer application form. Once you have completed these steps, please call 617-983-7424 to schedule an interview with a member of the Volunteer Services staff.