Exercise your professional skills.
Anyone who has undergone rehabilitation knows that the healing process can be lengthy. Recovering mobility after illness or injury requires determination, persistence and repetition. As a PT or OT volunteer, you will play an important role as both caregiver and cheerleader to patients at the bedside and in the gym. You will emotionally and physically support the efforts of post-surgical patients and patients experiencing neurological disorders as you focus on activities of daily living.
NYPBMH volunteering offers an expanded opportunity for students pursuing a career in physical or occupational therapy in both inpatient and outpatient settings where you will interact with and support patients and staff.
Physical Therapy Placements: In the inpatient unit, you will accompany therapists both treating immediately post-surgical patients at the bedside and in the gym, as patients work towards discharge. In the outpatient clinic, you will encounter patients engaged in therapies to reduce pain, avoid surgical procedures, or reacquire fine motor skills following surgery.
Occupational Therapy Placement: You will assist in the gym, focusing on activities of daily living with post-surgical patients and patients experiencing neurological disorders.
We would love to talk to you if you are: a student currently on the educational path to obtain a PT or an OT degree, patient, enthusiastic, compassionate, attentive, detail oriented, at least 20 years of age
Minimum Commitment: Two four-hour shifts weekly for a minimum of six months. To the extent possible, volunteers will have one inpatient shift and one outpatient shift for physical therapy. For occupational therapy, only inpatient shifts are available.
Times: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
*Please note: Verification for doctoral programs is only provided after the commitment is fulfilled.