Cepeda, a 2003 graduate of the USA College of Medicine, is in private practice in Mobile. He gives back to his alma mater by serving as a preceptor in the Clinically Integrated Introductory Course (CLINIC), which provides first- and second-year medical students experiences in career exploration as they rotate through various specialties such as pediatrics.
What it Means to Volunteer at University Hospital
At USA Health University Hospital, volunteers help to comfort and tend to patients of all ages. We seek out passionate, motivated and committed individuals of all backgrounds to work in our service departments. Our volunteers are not involved in direct patient care, but contribute to University Hospital by performing clerical duties on patient floors, “driving” the Jolly Trolley cart, transporting patients and much more. University Hospital offers volunteers the opportunity to make an impact in their community, gain meaningful connections, learn new skills and explore careers in healthcare.
We accept applications year-round. However, placement in service areas are subject to space and need.
Possible Placement Areas:
- Office Volunteers
- Patient Transport
- Waiting Room Volunteers
- Nurses’ Station/Jolly Trolley Volunteers
- Gift Shop
- Pet Therapy Volunteers (only for those trained and certified)
Ways to Volunteer
College and Adult Volunteers
Volunteers create their schedule by selecting one 4-hour shift, on the same day and same time, to volunteer each week for a minimum commitment of six months. Applicants must be 18 years or older and are required to wear uniform tops, which cost $25. Teens are encouraged to apply in January for our Teen Summer Volunteer Program (see below).
Applicants are to submit a completed application and agree to a reference and background check. Upon acceptance, applicants will attend orientation and receive a volunteer schedule. Turning in a completed volunteer application does not signify acceptance into the volunteer program.
Teen Summer Volunteer Program
Applications for 2020 are open from January 6 to March 13 or until all slots are filled. Only completed applications will be reviewed.
Volunteering with University Hospital as a teen is a valuable personal growth experience as well as a wonderful way to support and invest in the community in which you live.
Teen volunteers must be 15 years of age and have completed their freshman year of high school. Volunteers are assigned one 4-hour shift on the same day and at the same time. Available shifts are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteer Summer sessions are short (June to July). Absences must be kept to a minimum. Please consider your teen’s Summer schedule before applying.
Teen volunteers are required to wear volunteer uniforms, which cost $20.
Required Documentation for All Volunteers
Along with a completed application, please send documentation of the following:
- Two doses of MMR (Mumps-Measles-Rubella)
- Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccination
- Two doses OR documented history of Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine
- Flu Shot: One dose of flu shot for those applying between Nov. 1 and April 30
- One dose of TDAP (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis) within the last 10 years
- TB Skin Test under one of the following conditions:
- Applicants must provide written documentation of a negative test within the previous 12 months and complete the symptom evaluation and TB risk assessment forms.
- Applicants without documentation of a negative test result during the preceding 12 months will need to provide documentation of a 2-step skin test: initial TST (read at 48-72 hours), if negative; a second TST (read at 48-72 hours) to confirm the first reading given 1-3 weeks from the first test.
- Applicants with history of positive TB screening must provide documentation of a clear chest x-ray.