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Patient Advocacy Volunteer Program in ED @ NYU

The Patient Advocacy Volunteer Program in Emergency Room Services offered by the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine is a patient advocacy volunteer program for undergraduates, post-graduates, recent graduates (within two years of graduating), and post-baccalaureate students. They welcome applications from students from all colleges and universities who are interested in healthcare and medicine.

They are currently accepting applications for the fall 2021 semester.

Students must volunteer for a minimum of one academic year (two semesters). The program does not take place during the summer. Students are expected to complete two four-hour shifts per week and attend one three-hour meeting per month. To accommodate undergraduate schedules, monthly meetings typically occur on Fridays (late mornings or early afternoons).

In general, shifts are available 7 days a week as follows: 8:00AM to 12:00PM, 12:00PM to 4:00PM, 4:00PM to 8:00PM, and 8:00PM to 12:00AM.

Shifts are set as standing schedules, which students keep for the duration of the semester. Students can choose the shifts they prefer on the basis of their availability, but they must be free to attend the monthly Friday meetings.

How to Apply

As of August 2021, the suspension of volunteers at Bellevue has been lifted. They have a few vacancies for our Patient Advocacy Volunteer Program in Emergency Room Services for the fall semester. Please email Anthony Orneta, program manager, at to see if your availability matches the program’s current needs.

From there, you will be instructed to complete an application.

The fall 2021 semester begins on Monday, September 20, with a mandatory orientation on Sunday, September 19, and ends on Monday, December 20, for a total of 13 weeks.

The spring 2022 semester begins on Monday, January 31, with a mandatory orientation on Sunday, January 30, and ends on Monday, May 2, for a total of 13 weeks.

Application details for the spring 2022 semester are forthcoming. Please check back for more information in October.

All participants are expected to complete a minimum of two semesters of the program. Those beginning in the spring semester are expected to participate the following fall.

We only consider and review complete application packages, which comprise the following:

  • the completed online application form (

  • your current CV

  • a recent professional photo

  • an essay of 500 to 750 words in which you discuss why you are interested in joining the program, what you can contribute, and how participating will help you reach the career goals you listed on your application

  • two letters of recommendation, each sent by the recommender and containing a physical or electronic signature

Letters should be confidential and emailed directly by the recommender to Anthony Orneta, program manager, at Applicants are advised to apply and have recommendation letters submitted early. All components, including letters of recommendation, are due by the application deadline. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Interested applicants are welcome to email Mr. Orneta at with any questions.

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