I am a Canadian living in the United States on an athletic work visa. This basically means the only job I can have is to play that sport; other than that, I can only volunteer. I have always wanted to work in the medical field, but sports has kept that as a 'plan B'. After a lot of research I decided that I want to work towards getting into PA school while still working for my team.
The major problem I am having is that I cannot get proper hands-on healthcare experience because I am not yet a permanent resident. I understand for many schools this hands on experience is mandatory (80-2000 hours). I am currently volunteering several times a week at a hospital as a patient courier, I am a volunteer at a hospice, I am a volunteer at the Red Cross, I shadow a PA weekly, and I volunteer at many 'walk for the cure' events. However, I am worried that this volunteering is not QUALITY healthcare experience.
Can anyone offer any ideas for me ? A volunteer opportunity that will provide great HCE that will also fulfill these requirements?
At the moment this is what I have been thinking about doing ..
-becoming an EMT and get HCE through the Red Cross
-finding an opportunity to go oversees to provide care in less fortunate counties (any ideas on quality organizations to get in touch with?)