Pre-Med Hospice Volunteer Program

Friday, May 17, 2019

April 2019

Dear Undergraduate Pre-Medical Student:

Thank you for your interest in THE PRE-MED HOSPICE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM. Attached to this letter is an application for you. After reviewing details provided in this letter, I hope you decide that the Pre-Med Hospice Program is a good fit and you apply. The sooner you apply and procure the necessary clearances - the sooner you will be able to help Hospice patients.

As part of the Hospice team comprised of nurses, doctors, CNAs, chaplains, social workers and volunteers, you will provide care, respite and support to Hospice patients.  Most students find this experience impacts their view of medicine and vocation. And as stated before, your exposure to patients navigating the complexities of dying will provide you with important credentials for your medical school applications.

Here are two comments from Pre-Med Volunteers:

My participation in the Pre-Med Hospice program has been one of the most instrumental decisions in my life…”

Working in Hospice has made me realize how vital end of life training is within the healthcare system.  I realized throughout this program that death is not synonymous with failure; rather, death is an inevitable aspect in every life.  However, with proper care and support, death can even hold beauty.”

THE PRE-MED HOSPICE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM includes the following components:

•   16 hours of training as a Hospice volunteer

•   Weekly or bi-weekly patient visits

•   A community of support is shaped by Resource and Reflection meetings and online resources

•   A year-end reflection essay

•   A Certificate of Completion for inclusion in your medical school applications

This integrated and wholistic program is a collaborative effort between Ardmore Presbyterian Church and Hospice and is funded by the Athena Institute for Women’s Wellness.  Due to the demanding nature of this experience, the emotional complexity of Hospice, and spiritual issues raised by death - your learning cohort will be moderated by a Chaplain.  Note: This program is open to all persons regardless of religious belief, race, creed, or national origin.  Freshman need not apply. You can view student reflections and a program synopsis at the following link:

We hope you will consider applying to this program.  If interested, please follow application directions provided at the bottom of page 2.  If you have any questions about the application, then please contact Denise Madden (


Graham S. Robinson
Rev. Dr. Graham S. Robinson
National Director; Pre-Med Hospice Volunteer Program


Calendar of Commitments
April Applications Submitted.  Space limited. Early Applications receive preferential treatment.

May 20 Application Deadline.

April-Aug Application reviewed. References checked. Paperwork, fingerprints & background checks completed.

April-Aug Interviews Conducted

September Mandatory Training

Sept- Oct Patient Care Begins

Resource and Reflection Meetings

            November       First Resource and Reflection Meeting

            December        Second Resource and Reflection Meeting

            February          Third Resource and Reflection Meeting

            March              Fourth Resource and Reflection Meeting

            April                Final Resource and Reflection Meeting


  • Attendance at Hospice Training is required before placement.

  • Training and meetings are normally conducted on Sunday afternoons.

  • Resource and Reflection meetings are mandatory and will require approximately 60 - 90 minutes.

Additional Commitments:

Along with regular volunteer time with hospice patients, we require the following additional commitments from participants:  1. Prompt submission of Time Sheets and Visitation Notes.  2. A year-end Reflection Paper.

If interested, please do the following:

  1. Complete the application below.
  2. Name the file so we can identify you and your school as shown below:  
    Your name2019School name
  3. Email the file to Denise Madden of Ascend Hospice at by May 20, 2019

Ascend Volunteer Application 2019
Ascend Volunteer Disclosure Release 2019