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Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be to volunteer?
15 years or older.

I cannot commit to volunteering for six months as requested. Can I still volunteer?
Shorter time commitments can be arranged for some placements. Please ask your interviewer about such opportunities.

Who should complete my personal reference form?
The reference should be completed by someone who knows you well, but not your close friends or family. Suggested references are paid- or volunteer-work supervisors, teachers/professors, your rabbi/priest/minister or imam or others who know you in a professional capacity.

I want to volunteer at Beth Israel, but I don’t have health insurance or can’t afford to see a doctor who can complete your required medical reference form. What should I do?
You can go to a New York City Department of Health clinic if you don’t have your own doctor. To find the location nearest your home, please call the city’s non-emergency help line: 311.

Can anyone other than an M.D. complete my medical reference form?
Yes. The form may be completed by an M.D, physician assistant or nurse practitioner. It should not be completed by an R.N. (registered nurse).

I don’t have a vaccination record--measles, mumps, rubella and varicella--and I can’t afford to get the required vaccines. Can I still volunteer?
The New York City Department of Health can provide you with the required vaccines at no charge. (A note from your doctor is required for a chicken pox vaccine.) Please call the Immunization Hotline for NYC Department of Health: (212) 676-2273 to find the location of a vaccination clinic.

I recently had a negative PPD test for tuberculosis done by my doctor. Do I have to have another test?
Maybe. If your PPD test was done within the past two months and you can give us the date, size of reaction, manufacturer and lot number of the test, we'll accept this documentation. If you don't have this information, you need to get another PPD test.

I have had a positive PPD test for tuberculosis. Do I still need to be tested at Beth Israel?
Maybe. If you can provide us with the date and size of a positive PPD test reaction and a copy of a subsequent PA and lateral chest x-ray report we will waive the PPD test requirement. (Chest x-rays done by mobile van services cannot be accepted.) However, if you do not have this information, we will ask that you repeat the test at our Employee Health Services department.

I haven't had a recent PPD test for tuberculosis and my doctor can't do it. Can I still volunteer?
We can arrange for you to have a PPD test done at Beth Israel's Employee Health Service. If you test negative, you can begin volunteering. If you test positive, you'll need to speak with your doctor about getting a chest x-ray or we can refer you to a New York City x-ray clinic.

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