Become a Family Centered Experience Program Volunteer

Qualifications for volunteers

Volunteers and their families are invaluable resources for medical students and their education. We are recruiting volunteers that meet the following qualifications:

  • Have or care for an individual with a chronic medical condition or disability that significantly impacts their daily life, such as, diabetes, COPD/asthma, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. This is not a complete list as chronic conditions vary greatly.
  • Commitment to mentor students for at least two years
  • Allow students to conduct visits at home
  • Openly share stories about the illness and daily life
  • Require regular physician visits for treatment of illness
  • Live within 25-30 miles of a regional hub city – Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport

Steps to become an FCE volunteer:

  1. Complete and submit the FCE application (.pdf)
  2. Print, sign and mail the informed consent form (.pdf)
  3. Applications are reviewed by FCE staff and physicians
  4. An FCE staff member schedules a follow-up telephone interview with candidate
  5. If accepted into the program, the volunteer meets their paired first-year medical students at a welcome event held at the beginning of the academic year.
  6. The volunteer and two medical students will determine the best times and place to meet throughout the next two years
  7. Evaluate students and share feedback with FCE staff
  8. Determine if you would like to continue to volunteer for another two-year mentorship