Volunteer Opportunities

Helping medical students learn clinical and communication skills

Together, Horizon Health Network and Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB) joined forces to create the Volunteer Patient Program.

Because, at Dalhousie Medical School, we believe that students can’t learn from books alone.

You can help – become a volunteer patient

DMNB students will be learning from experienced physician-tutors, but we also need volunteer patients to help future physicians practice their communication and non-invasive physical examination skills in a safe, positive environment.

As a volunteer patient, you will play an essential role in the training of our next generation of physicians.

Options for volunteer patients

As a volunteer patient, you can help train doctors in the following ways:

  • Being interviewed        
  • Having your medical history taken
  • Non-invasive physical examinations

You can participate in this program whether you are completely healthy or if you have some pre-existing medical conditions. However, these sessions are strictly for the education of students. While we hope you find them interesting and educational, you will not have your medical needs attended to during these sessions.

There is no preparation required on your part for these sessions - you simply have to show up at the appointed time.

Time commitment

Sessions are for two hours on both Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout the year. You can volunteer for as many sessions as your schedule will allow.

Contact us today

Stephanie Rutherford                       
Simulated Patient Educator
Tel: 506-636-6264
Email: stephanie.rutherford@dal.ca

Tricia Cole
Simulated Patient Educator
Tel: 506-636-6017
Email: tricia.cole@dal.ca