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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the total commitment?
A: A minimum of 4 quarters (full year) of commitment is required; however, members have been known to stay for up to 5 years. The first two quarters need be continuous. Members are required to complete 200 hospital volunteer hours in order to graduate.
A quarter corresponds to about 3 months; 4 quarters is a year. The first 2 quarters correspond to whenever the applicant is admitted - so if they are admitted in winter, winter and spring are their first two quarters.
This year we have two applications rounds - one this fall with applications due in october, and the other most likely in winter with application due dates to-be-determined.
Because Stanford is on the quarter system, and we are a Stanford-based organization, we run off of the quarter system. The academic calendar with exact dates when the quarters end for Stanford is available here.
Q: What does the 10-15 hour commitment each week involve?
A: SCOPE members are required to attend a minimum of 3 shifts per month of 9 hours per shift. In addition to hospital shifts, SCOPE members are also actively involved in project team work 5 hours a week. These include group project teams accomplishing various medical and non-medical related work including community service involvement, volunteer work in Ghana, premedical research, and more.
Q: I will not be around for the Summer, but I’d still like to be a part of SCOPE. What should I do?
Q: I don’t know if I will be around to complete 200 shift hours during consecutive quarters. Can I still apply?
Q: When do I apply to the SCOPE program?
Q: I am not a student at Stanford. Can I still apply?
Q: I am not a student. Can I still apply?
Q: The application asks for a college transcript, but I am a Freshman without one. What should I do?
Q: I do not have transportation. Can I still apply?
Q: Will we have to be there for the full 3 hours or will be have an allotted time?
Q: Will the individual interview be a one-on-one interview?
Q: Will parking be free and for non-Stanford students? If it is not free, will the meter be able to take a card?
Q: What is secondary interview? And how is it different from the first one?
Q: What do I need to bring with me on the interview?
Q: When do I start SCOPE after I apply and am accepted?
Q: What training does each member complete?
Admissions and Employers
Q: How do we verify that someone has successfully completed your program?
Q: Someone listed SCOPE on his/her resume, application, or as a reference, but we would like additional information. Who do we contact?
Q: How can our interns help you during your shift?
Q: Members know that each doctor works differently and are ready to be flexible, helping in whatever way possible. How much teaching should I do with the interns?
Q: Who should I contact if I have a comment, concern, or suggestion regarding the program or a particular intern?
Christine Chen, Director
Brett Salazar, Associate Director
Lisa Fu, Associate Director
SCOPE is an Associated Program of Stanford University's Haas Center for Public Service
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