Pre-Med Volunteers

The Pre-Medical Student Volunteer Program is for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students who are planning to attend medical school. Rotations are offered three times a year: fall, spring and summer.

Applications for fall 2021 will open August 9 and close August 15. Click “apply now” to be re-directed to the online application during these dates.

The Pre-Med Student Volunteer Program, under the leadership of Jason Cohen, MD, is for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students who are planning to attend medical school. The program provides shadowing and mentorship, as well as a glimpse into what it means to be a physician today. The program offers students a chance to gauge and affirm their interest in medicine as a career. We are driven to be diverse and inclusive. Our goal is to provide opportunities for students from educationally or economically under-resourced communities, who have not previously shadowed healthcare providers.

What to Expect

We are thrilled to announce the return of in-person shadowing of physicians by pre-med volunteers at Cedars-Sinai. Over the 8- to 10-week program, pre-med volunteers will be assigned to a team of mentors within a specific specialty. Volunteers may shadow physicians on patient clinic visits, rounds, grand rounds, collaboration meetings and even into the operating room if they are assigned to a surgical specialty. The program includes weekly meetings with guest physicians to hear about their journeys into and through medicine.

Student Eligibility:
  • Must be 18 years old
  • Must have completed at least one semester of college
  • Show a minimum GPA of 3.3
  • Submit an online application
  • Participate in group interview if selected
  • Pass a background check
  • Attend online orientation
  • Must be available to attend all sessions
  • Have reliable transportation to commute to Cedars-Sinai
Mandatory Commitments:
  • Must be available to shadow mentors a minimum of six hours per week
  • Must be available to attend weekly Wednesday meetings from 4–6 p.m.
  • Log volunteer hours after each meeting and shadowing session
  • Adhere to strict policies, guidelines and expectations regarding behavior, communication, confidentiality, privacy, shadowing, operating room protocols, and those set out by each related department
  • Volunteer in one of our in-person volunteer positions for a minimum of 50 hours after shadowing and speaker series have concluded
How to Apply

Applications will open for one week between Aug. 9, 2021 and close Aug. 15, 2021. The “Apply Now” link will be active only during these dates and it will redirect you to the online application.  

The Application Process

Applicants must complete the online application and submit supporting documentation of GPA. Candidates will be selected for an interview. Up to 20 candidates will be selected to participate in the program. Successful participants must complete online orientation, background check, health evaluation and have flu and COVID-19 inoculations. Religious and medical vaccine exemptions will be considered. The Pre-Med Program is subject to change based on the status of the current COVID-19 pandemic, to protect the health and safety of our volunteers, patients and staff.  

Have Questions or Need Help?

Contact the Volunteer Services team Monday through Friday by phone, or send us a message.

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Pacific time