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Patient Exposure

Direct Experience with Patients

Patient exposure experiences are an additional way to help you gain insights into the practice of medicine, and will give you hands-on experience to help reinforce your understanding and commitment to becoming a physician. Patient exposure may also be referred to as patient interaction or clinical experiences. These experiences are defined as direct interaction with patients, and active involvement in their care, in a health-care related environment. It is important for medical school applicants to be comfortable working with, and around people who are ill, injured, or diseased.

Patient exposure is not shadowing. Shadowing is a passive activity where the student learns from watching and observing the physician. Patient exposure is also not caring for friends or family members. Neither is it housekeeping or staffing an information desk, even if that activity occurs in a hospital.

Not all medical schools specifically require patient exposure experiences (the University of Utah School of Medicine does), but all medical schools absolutely view patient exposure experiences as a very important part of the premedical student’s preparation for medical school. We encourage our BYU premed students to get at least 100 hours of patient exposure experience(s).

Some students acquire health-care credentials in order to engage in patient exposure experiences. These could include EMT, CNA, medical assistant, phlebotomist, surgical tech, etc. certifications. To explore formal or credentialed forms of gaining patient experience, click here. Acquiring one of these credentials will require both time and money. The benefit may be that the student may be able to secure part-time employment to acquire the patient exposure experiences. However, a healthcare credential is not required, and most students will obtain patient exposure experiences through volunteer opportunities. A list of agencies in Utah County and Salt Lake for volunteer patient exposure activities is included below. Of course, similar types of agencies/facilities may also be accessed in your home community to acquire patient exposure experiences.

Informal or Volunteer Patient Exposure Experiences

Utah County Health Department

November 21, 2019 09:33 AM
151 S. University Ave.
Provo, UT
18 years old
3-4 hrs/week
Minimum six-month commitment
Volunteer coordinator: 801-224-4080

Timpanogos Regional Hospital

November 21, 2019 09:28 AM
18 years old minimum
4 hrs/week
6-month commitment/100 hours
Background check, Immunizations & flu shot
Volunteer Coordinator: Nicole Best 801-714-6715

Utah Valley Hospital

November 21, 2019 09:11 AM
18 years old minimum
3-4 hr shift/week
Min 6 month commitment
Volunteer Coordinator: Cheryl Call 801-357-2647

Hope Clinic

November 21, 2019 09:52 AM
166 E 5900 S B109, Murray, Utah
For the underserved and uninsured

University of Utah Hospital

November 21, 2019 09:53 AM
50 N Medical Dr, Salt Lake City, Utah
Frontrunner and Trax will take you there.

Mountainlands Community Health Center

November 21, 2019 09:30 AM
589 S. State St. Provo, UT
Free/Low Cost Clinic
particularly like Spanish speakers

Orem Community Hospital

November 21, 2019 09:34 AM
331 N 400 W, Orem, Utah
18 years old
3-4 hrs/week
Min 6-month commitment
Volunteer coordinator: 801-224-4080

American Fork Hospital

November 21, 2019 09:35 AM
170 N 1100 E, American Fork, Utah
14 years old
4 hrs/week
6-month commitment
Complete background check, Immunizations/vaccinations
Volunteer coordinator: 801-855-3300
Info at:

Available volunteer positions are posted on the first Monday of each month

Mountain View Hospital

November 21, 2019 09:36 AM
1000 E 100 N, Payson, Utah
18 years old
4hr shift/week
Min 6-month commitment/100 hours
Background check required
Volunteer Services Director: 801-465-7119 or send email to

Utah State Psychiatric Hospital

November 21, 2019 09:37 AM
1300 E. Center St. Provo, Utah
Director of Volunteer Services: Cami Roundy 801-344-4254

Mountain Point Medical Center

November 21, 2019 09:38 AM
3000 Triumph Blvd, Lehi, Utah
18 years old
4 hrs/week
Volunteer coordinator: 385-345-3319

Intermountain Medical Center

November 21, 2019 09:41 AM
5121 Cottonwood St, Murray, UT
(Frontrunner stops next to parking lot)
Volunteer services: 801-507-2980

LDS Hospital

November 21, 2019 09:42 AM
8th Avenue, C St E, Salt Lake City, Utah
18 years old
4 hrs/week
6-month commitment
Required background check and drug screen
Current immunizations & flu shot
Volunteer services: 801-408-1771

Primary Children's Hospital

November 21, 2019 09:43 AM
100 Mario Capecchi Dr, Salt Lake City, Utah
(Frontrunner & Trax will take to location)
16 years old
3 hr shift/week
6-month commitment
Required background check & drug screen
Current immunizations & flu shot
Volunteer services: 801-662-6560

The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH)

November 21, 2019 09:49 AM
5848 S 300 E, Murray, Utah
18 years old
3 hrs/week
6-month commitment
Volunteer coordinator: 801-314-4640

Maliheh Free Clinic

November 21, 2019 09:50 AM
941 East 3300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
Volunteer coordinator: Tammy Garfield 801-266-3700 ext. 207

Shriners Hospital for Children

November 21, 2019 09:51 AM
1275 E Fairfax Rd, Salt Lake City, Utah
16 years old
Min 50-hour commitment
Required background check & drug screen
Current immunizations & flu shot
Volunteer Office: 801-536-3711