Occupational therapy programs strongly encourage pre-OT students to gain experience in clinical settings and to demonstrate their commitment to helping others through shadowing, volunteering, and participating in student organizations.
Whether you are still exploring different healthcare careers, or have already decided what profession you would like to pursue, shadowing can be a great way to learn more about whether a given health profession is the right fit for you.
The following links to area clinics will help you get started volunteering in a medical setting:
Madison Area Hospitals/Clinics
These links will help you think about ways to get involved in the community. These can be ways to personalize your service and make connections between other interests you have and the ways you enjoy serving others:
Community Service Resources
Campus organizations provide opportunities to network with other pre-OT students, gain organizational and leadership experience, and learn about healthcare careers:
- AHANA (African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) Pre-Health Society
- Cardiac on Campus
- Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
- Health Professions Society
- Pre-Occupational Therapy Student Organization (POTSO)
- Promoting Recognition of Identity, Dignity, and Equality (PRIDE) in Healthcare – Undergraduates
- Sports Medicine Club
In addition to the pre-OT organizations above, you can find over 900 other student groups at the Wisconsin Involvement Network.