MD Program

Volunteer Opportunities

The Doctor of Medicine program in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry welcomes support from members of the community.  Community support and dedication to volunteer sessions allows our medical students the ability to work towards their full potential as skilled practitioners during their training.

Volunteer opportunities for adults and children are detailed below. Thank you for considering supporting medical education at the University of Alberta!

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Year one and year two medical students from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta are introduced to and practice the skills of history taking and physical exam techniques. Led by fully licensed physicians, clinical skills sessions are taught in small groups of two to four students through hands on experiences with community volunteers. These clinical skills sessions run from September through to May each year. All sessions are held in the Zeidler Ledcor Building on campus with easy access to parking and public transportation.

Community Volunteers can be healthy individuals or those living with an illness or disability. They can volunteer as often or as little as they choose. Volunteer sessions are pre-booked and are typically 1.5 - 2.0 hours in length and include various components of a medical history and physical exam. The sessions’ objectives are to teach the students the skills of a physical exam, communication, compassion, respect and maintenance of patient dignity. Parking passes or public transportation (bus or LRT) provided.

If you are interested in participating as a Community Volunteer, please contact Martin Marshall 780-492-6234  email:

Child Volunteer Opportunities

Mini Docs Camp

Mini Docs Camp is a free half-day camp for school age children from ages 6-11 who first volunteer with a parent to participate in a pediatric history and non-invasive physical examination with a small group of medical students.

During the Mini Docs Camp, the children will rotate through stations and learn about what it is like to be a medical student as well as all about different body systems such as the heart, lungs, muscles, bones and sensory systems.

There will be plenty of hands on activities and the children will also get a chance to practice what they have learned by diagnosing and treating some mock patients.

If your child is interested in participating, please contact Martin Marshall 780-492-6234  email:

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