I was a 2010 Mayoral Health Literacy Fellow. The Health Literacy Fellowship allowed the students to learn about health literacy and improve our communication and teaching skills. We helped adults learn English and improve their literacy skills by becoming teachers in adult literacy classrooms. It consisted of three components: Community Fieldwork, Health Policy Seminars and Clinical Site Visits, and Research Projects. From Monday-Wednesday I taught adult low literacy and ESL classes, Thursdays I dedicated to my research projects of patient activation at the William F. Ryan Center and on Fridays were the seminars.
I remember I mentioned in one of my beginning lessons that adults should generally go to the doctor twice a year for general checkups. About a month later, one of my students went up to me and said they found a new doctor and set up an appointment. I asked the student what was wrong and he replied "Nothing, don't you remember you said to go to the doctor at least twice a year. I used to only go once a year."
Don't do things just to place it on your resume. Make sure whatever activity it is that you decide to do reflects your genuine interest. It parallels the quote: "Make your passion your paycheck." So make every experience worthwhile.
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