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What are good job and volunteer opportunities for animal lovers or animal rights activists?

Here are one or two or a hundred:I’ll start with some that I’ve already written about, and then I’ll move to a bunch more I found on the internet.First, here is the link to the Cornell University project: ZooniverseThey are calling the project “Hawk Talk”!That link takes you to the “About” page, which describes the project. In the right top corner, you’ll see a link to the “Classify” page. That’s where you’ll want to go to participate. It allows participation from anonymous volunteers if you wish, or you can also register and have your contributions noted by name.Basically, what’s going on is that they are trying to collect additional data about the vocalizations that Red Tailed Hawks make (their sounds, or calls), and what the various calls mean. Normally, this would almost be impossible… or at the very best, it would require researchers to spend thousands of hours just watching a cam. There’s not enough hours in anyone’s day to do that, without missing something. So, they have set up this project, where any of you can help collect the data. What they’ve done is… they have broken up hundreds of hours of nest cam footage, into 10-second clips. Clearly, this results in many thousands of clips. What they hope is that enough people will get involved and that each person will run through these short clips, hoping to catch a moment when either one of the parent hawks, or one of the chicks, is calling out in some way. There is a set of four questions next to each clip, which are to be answered. Then, when the project is over, they will have caught every single instance of red tail vocalization, and exactly what they were doing at that exact moment. It’s quite a brilliant project plan. But it requires the help of hundreds of people who want to spend 5 or 10 minutes of their day or night, running through the clips one by one and clicking on the various possible answers.Okay, so this one is a whole lot of fun. It’s actually a sub-section of Zooniverse, above. But there are a lot of menu items in Zooniverse, so I wanted to point this one out in particular as I’ve had a lot of fun and spent quite a few hours playing with it. It’s basically photos taken by a automatic Trail Cam. Each photo was set off by something moving, and they are asking you to look at each still-shot and try to find what it was that set off the camera. Sometimes it was just the wind on a weed or something you can’t see. But they have thousands of photos to go through, so they’re asking for the public’s help in flipping through them. There are two cams here… one for mammals and one for birds. Give it a try! I found it to be a bit addicting, sort of like finding Waldo! Sometimes you need to adjust the contrast, or maybe change it into a negative photo. Usually you find nothing, but sometimes you’ll see a bobcat, coyote, or maybe just a hare’s or rabbit’s butt running off the photo’s edge. This was set up by Sky Island Alliance, an environmental group I worked with for a number of years, out of Tucson, AZ: Help Us ID Species - Sky Island AllianceNext… I’ll give you the best kept secret I know for nature lovers; how easy it is to VOLUNTEER for wildlife. It can change your life and give you adventures & knowledge you never thought you’d have access to. No matter if you’re a banker, a soccer mom, a grandma, a student or an electrician… there are groups you can join near you. Most people have no idea.Volunteers Home Page, US Fish & Wildlife ServiceThere are infinite ways to learn about nature. School, reading, asking, etc. But nothing beats DOING. And this is extremely easy. The number of opportunities to volunteer in nature-related work are more than I can count. If you are in the USA, look at the link above; The US Fish & Wildlife Service Volunteer Opportunities page. I’ve used it. Whether you live in Mississippi, Alaska, the deserts of Arizona, or anywhere in between, there are ways that you can volunteer your time out in the field and get the best education about nature that you could imagine. Get your boots in the mud. Walk the prairies counting antelope. Scramble over rocks looking for tortoises. Wade though rivers picking up trash or fixing bank erosion. Change the ground bedding at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility. Spend two hours a week, and go home after. Spend a weekend a month and camp out with fellow volunteers for a weekend project. Spend a two week stretch in the wilderness on an advanced project. Be the car pool driver for your fellow volunteers. If you have a little time and no money, or a lot of time and can help with supplies… it doesn’t matter. Go out and help and you will learn more than you can imagine.US Fish & Wildlife is but one resource. One of hundreds or thousands.Water SentinelsThe picture above is a group I’ve helped with. Water Sentinels. It’s part of the Sierra Club Near YouVolunteering Opportunities Government Agencies Various outdoor opportunities in your stateWorking with Us | US Forest Service Self-explanatory. Much of this volunteer work is in National and State Parks. Also involves the planting of seedlings, a vital task usually done by volunteers. Programs for kids, too!Wildlife Conservation Volunteering That one is for international projects. However… please be aware that most of what you’ll find on this site internationally requires you to pay a considerable fee to participate. From $2000 - $8000. I can’t really wholeheartedly endorse these types of programs… at least not all of them. Since they are businesses, and they give you a grand adventure, they are “for profit”, so the animal’s welfare isn’t necessarily the first priority. I’ve provided this link just so you know that these programs exist. Some may certainly be worth a look, but my preference is to volunteer locally (and for free!). Every area has wildlife volunteer opportunities of their own, close to where you live.United States wildlife habitat Volunteer Opportunities That one covers everything from taking a whole summer to be a care-taker, to meet-ups on weekends to do local projects for a few hours.Get Involved That one is for locals in FloridaVolunteer Opportunities There’s for MichiganVolunteer - Sky Island Alliance A fantastic group I spent years with in Arizona. This is where I got introduced to someone who eventually recommended me for a spot on the jaguar research team:Volunteer Opportunities at Texas State Parks There’s one of the many in TexasI could go on, but I think I’ve made my point. Google “Wildlife Volunteer Opportunities in ______” or “Environmental Volunteer Opportunities in _____” (fill in your city or state)…and you will find the way to learn about nature, with other people who also care, also want to learn. You’ll be amazed at the adventurous things you will end up doing.Do you live somewhere other than America? Then try some of these:Here’s one of the resources in India: List of wildlife volunteering programs across India..Try this one in Brazil: ▷ Volunteer in Brazil | Top 10 Projects for 2018 | Volunteer WorldHow bout Norway? The Norwegian Wildlife HospitalOr South Africa? 7 Places To Volunteer With Animals In South Africa (Just don’t go swimming, wearing a seal suit!)Keep Calm and Volunteer in England: Animal Volunteer Work UKCheerio!Whether you’re in India, Norway, Chile, Australia or the USA, every place has people, groups and agencies that will give you these adventures if you offer them a bit of your time and effort. 13 year-olds can help and learn. 75 year-olds can help and learn.You can stay on Quora and read the hundreds of awesome nature and animal articles I’ve written (some are quite good, if I do say so myself!)… but instead of that, I would suggest you start searching for a group near you who go out and make a difference and who need your help. It’s a win/win situation. It’s easy and fascinating. You just have to get started. Take a friend with you! You can thank me later, for helping you discover a world of adventure that was right under your nose the whole time. I highly recommend it!EDIT: One important additional point… once you volunteer for any of these government agencies, non-profits, groups, etc., you'll become privy to many more fun opportunities directly from them, which aren't advertised on the websites. Once you are in the inner circle, get to know people, and start building a reputation as being dependable and passionate… you will get good references for the really good stuff at other organizations. This was my experience as well, and as an example, it's how I got a tip and good reference for a job with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. It was a month long research project that took me by helicopter to the bottom of a branch off the Grand Canyon. I was put on a waiting list, and about 6 months later, got the call. I felt very privileged, as the other members of the small team of seven were all reputable biologists and researchers from all over the country. This is also where I had my adventure of being stalked by a mountain lion that some of you may have read about, elsewhere on Quora. It was a thrill of a lifetime, and all due to having volunteered diligently, and building a solid reputation in that inner circle of wildlife professionals and volunteers, the year prior. All of this experience and reputation also eventually made me a shoe-in for, years later, getting a position at the Carolina Raptor Center, which was also life changing. So I urge you… just get started! Good luck! It's extremely satisfying.These are the Non government Organizations you should keep an eye out for if your passion is helping animals. Find out who they are to start saving lives today!World Wildlife Fund (WWF)One of the largest organizations in the world dedicated to save nature and ensure endangered species.You can go to their site and there you will find many different ways to contribute, amongst which are signing petitions or contacting officials to save endangered species, travel with WWF to natural habitats, make donations, adopt an animal, and many other ways to help make a difference.Humane Society of the United StatesCompletely dedicated to animal protection, this organization offers the opportunity to help in three big ways: Animal rescue and care, Animal advocacy, and Pets and shelters.Animal rescue and care – You can be a part of the rescue team, disaster response, mobile vet clinics, or sanctuaries and care centers.Animal advocacy – You can help advocate through public policy, corporate reforms, and major campaigns.Pets and shelters – Providing humane residence for animals in need.Go to their site to find out more.Read more on Activism with Compassion: Volunteering at Farm SanctuariesAmerican Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals (ASPCA)This society is a huge advocate for animals in need, ASPCA offers nationwide volunteer opportunities where you can advocate in legislative and public policies, get on the investigations and response team, advocate to protect horses from slaughter, volunteer at adoption centers, and be a pet foster parent.Find out more here.Animal Welfare Institute (AWI)The AWI seeks better treatment for animals everywhere, in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home, and in the wild.Though you should know that because AWI is the country’s leader in obtaining laws to benefit animals in need, it is slightly a less hands on kind of experience, the kind of help they encourage you to give is donating to their causes or getting involved with their initiatives and raising awareness for their cause.You can find all the information you need here.PetSmart CharitiesTheir goal is to end animal homelessness by investing in animal welfare charities all over the country to get pets adopted, and fund spay/neuter surgeries to prevent unplanned litters and reduce overpopulation from the start.And the best part is that they have a really good web page where you can easily find the adoption center or spay/neuter clinic closest to you, so you can waste no more time and start saving lives today.Teens Making a DifferenceAre you an animal-loving teen who wants to make a difference? Well, you’ve come to the right place!The Anti-Cruelty Society has been providing shelter and medical care to hundreds of thousands of animals since 1899. This is only possible thanks to hard-working, dedicated individuals who share a passion for helping animals and the people who love them. Volunteers have long been a backbone of the Society, providing much-needed assistance in every department to ensure that the shelter continues to operate smoothly and that the animals in our care stay happy and healthy while they wait for their forever homes. We encourage anyone--of any age--to volunteer! If you love animals and want to help, we have a number of different programs for you to participate in.Have questions? Email [email protected] for answers regarding this or any youth program at The Anti-Cruelty Society!Virtual OpportunitiesLIVE! At The Anti-Cruelty SocietyCalling all classrooms, community groups, and youth clubs! Are you looking for an engaging activity for your group to learn more about animals and animal welfare? Look no further than LIVE! at The Anti-Cruelty Society. This unique virtual program offers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the important facets of the work we do to help people and pets at The Anti-Cruelty Society. Click here for details and more!Service ProjectsThe Anti-Cruelty Society offers a wide range of home and classroom-based service learning projects. They are ideal for students in need of service learning hours, scout troops looking to earn a badge or teachers in search of a classroom project. Each different project is worth a specific amount of hours, but you can mix and match to suit your needs.Service Project DetailsWeb WarriorsWhether you’re stuck at home or are simply looking for unique ways to learn and volunteer this program may be just what you are looking for. Explore animal welfare topics, and make a positive impact in your community through our Web Warriors program!Read Web Warriors DetailsVeterinary Mentoring ProgramThe Anti-Cruelty Society, in partnership with The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, offers an exciting program for high school students with a serious interest in veterinary medicine or animal science-related careers. The Veterinary Mentoring Program is an academic program that introduces students to the many areas of science that they will encounter in veterinary school. Students attend seminars one Saturday a month at which they explore various topics and learn how clinical science is used to diagnosis and treat injury and disease in animals.Veterinary Mentoring DetailsTemporarily Suspended: (next four)After School AdvocatesThe After School Advocates program empowers teens ages 13-18 to explore animal welfare issues that affect the Chicago community. After School Advocates gives participants the opportunity to gain valuable insights into animal shelter operations, positive reinforcement training, animal careers, animal abuse in the community, and animal advocacy, while learning from professionals in the field. This limited admission, 4 week programs takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with three sessions per year.After School Advocates DetailsJunior Crafting CrewIf you’re looking for a one-day, on-site volunteer opportunity for your group at the Society, consider signing up to for a Junior Crafting Crew! This onsite program engages youth clubs or classes to help shelter animals in a practical way by crafting enrichment projects using common everyday materials.Junior Crafting Crews DetailsShelter Service DayThe Anti-Cruelty Society welcomes teens to our Shelter Service Day! This unique volunteer opportunity occurs one Thursday per month from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Use your crafting skills to create toys and beds for the animals at The Anti-Cruelty Society so that they can stay cozy and happy while they are in our care.Shelter Service Day DetailsTeens Who CareThis program aims to provide a hands-on volunteer experience for high school youth ages 13-18. Participants will help our animals find homes by performing supportive tasks throughout the shelter departments such as cleaning, animal socialization, administrative assistance, and more.Teens Who Care DetailsVolunteering Opportunities with AnimalsWe know there are TONS of animal lovers out there who wish they could help every single animal in need. If that's you, know that, while you may not be able to help all animals, you can certainly make a difference for many right in your own community.Before looking for volunteer opportunities with animals, think about the type of involvement you want and how much time you realistically have available. For example, would you prefer working directly with animals or providing behind-the-scenes support doing administrative work or fundraising? Would you rather work in a group or do tasks you can perform alone? If you don't have a lot of time for a big commitment, volunteering for a one-time event or for two or three hours here and there can still make a difference.Once you've determined what type of volunteering you want to do and how much time you can devote to volunteering, look for volunteer opportunities with animals in your area and identify ones with missions you feel most passionate about.Below are some ideas for volunteering with animals to get you started. Many non-profit organizations that work with animals will need volunteers to help with one or more of the tasks below.Transport Animals to Appointments - Help shelter animals stay healthy by driving them to and from their vet appointments.Volunteer at a Pet Adoption Event - Shelters often organize adopt-a-thons and other events, many of which require setting up of booths, tents and displays. This is a perfect way to help out for a day if you aren't able to volunteer on a regular basis.Become a Foster Parent - Many animal shelters and rescue groups rely on caring foster parents to provide a loving home for the animals in their care. By volunteering to be a foster parent to an animal, you help keep him out of cages and kennels.Help with Laundry - Shelters go through a lot of laundry, all of which needs to be folded and put away. When volunteers help with these tasks, staff members are free to focus their efforts and attention on caring for the animals. A lot of shelters also rely on volunteers to wash the laundry, as hiring a laundry service often isn't in the budget.Use Your Photography Skills - Help animals find homes by capturing their personalities and overall adorableness with your camera. Photography can increase adoption rates, helping to save animals' lives.Become a Board Member - If you love fundraising and networking and have great management skills, consider becoming a board member at your local animal shelter.Social Media Management - Do you possess excellent social media and advertising skills? You can use these skills to bring attention to the cause of your favorite animal shelter by managing their social media accounts. Share the stories and photos of animals to help promote the shelter's cause and help more animals find homes.Sources:13 Creative Ways to Volunteer for Animal Shelters & RescuesHow Photography Can Save Pets' Lives | PetfinderVolunteer StoriesTestimonialsLocal Volunteer OpportunitiesHoliday Volunteer OpportunitiesB-Corp Partnerships5 Benefits of VolunteeringDownloadable ToolkitSimply put, volunteering your time saves precious lives.In 2018 alone, PAWS volunteers contributed a staggering 74,000 hours toward helping cats, dogs and wild animals in need.HOURS & LOCATIONSEach year, PAWS cares for more than 7,600 cats, dogs and wild animals, and we couldn’t do it without our compassionate and dedicated volunteers. Volunteers work side by side with PAWS staff caring for wildlife and companion animals and helping with education and outreach to the community. We provide the training for all volunteer positions – no prior experience required. Whether you’re feeding orphaned wildlife, helping find homes for cats and dogs, or contributing to the success of an event, you can play an important role in the life-saving work of PAWS.Ready to volunteer?Become a volunteerAre you looking to help animals in need, feel inspired, and meet like-minded animal lovers? Find the requirements for volunteering at PAWS and how to get started.LEARN MOREVolunteer opportunitiesFrom feeding baby birds at the PAWS Wildlife Center to making donor thank you calls from your home, PAWS has volunteer positions for anyone who wants to make a difference. Check out the many opportunities and get involved today!LEARN MOREInternships and externshipsPAWS has a variety of opportunities for those wanting to gain hands-on experience in the fields of companion animal sheltering, wildlife rehabilitation, veterinary medicine, and outreach/education.LEARN MOREPopular Ways to Volunteer with AnimalsLending a hand at the local animal shelter may be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about volunteering with animals, but there are tons of different settings and roles beyond the shelter for prospective volunteers to explore. Wild and domestic animals alike need help from human volunteers, and even those who want to help animals without handling them directly can find their niche.Explore Animal Volunteer PathsAnimal Shelter VolunteeringFostering Pets in Your HomeAgricultural Animal VolunteeringVolunteering with a Therapy PetVolunteering in Wildlife ConservationVolunteering with Animals Abroad1Animal Shelter VolunteeringApproximately 6.5 million animals enter shelters annually according to the ASPCA. Caring for and homing shelter animals is a collaborative effort, so volunteers are needed to fill many different types of roles. Hands-on behavior modification, animal handling at off-site adoption events, educational outreach, groundskeeping, veterinary transportation, photography, administrative work and everything in between are crucial to the success of animal shelters and their furry residents.Common Volunteer Tasks & ResponsibilitiesSocializing catsWalking, running and playing with dogsTraining and behavior modificationBathing and groomingTransporting animals to vet appointments and adoption eventsCleaning and maintaining groundsCommunity outreach and educationWorking in the shelter retail storeWorking off-site adoption and fundraising eventsAdministrative and office workPet photographyGathering background data on adoptable animals through observation and interactionYou’re a good fit for this type of volunteering if …You’re at least 16-18 years old, depending on the volunteer positionYou can commit to a consistent volunteer scheduleYou can bend, lift and spend multiple hours on your feetYou work well with people as well as animalsYou communicate effectively in person and via email and textYou enjoy hands-on workReal-Life Animal Shelter Volunteer ProgramsVolunteer programs will vary from shelter to shelter, but the following examples of real-world programs can give future volunteers an idea of the opportunities that may be available in their area. Volunteers can find a program type that aligns with their interests, skills, and schedules and ask their local shelter if they have similar opportunities available.Animal Shelter Group VolunteeringGroup volunteering opportunities are great for students, office teams, clubs and other small organizations to lend a hand and build comradery. These are typically single sessions that last a few hours. Group volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society is open to small and large groups and can entail socializing animals and maintaining grounds.Youth Volunteer ProgramWhile many opportunities require volunteers to be at least 18 years old, many shelters have youth programs that allow kids and teens to help out in a variety of capacities. At Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Virginia, youth volunteers can participate in adoption events and help with administrative work in the shelter office. Fundraising, educational camps and even birthday parties where kids make treats and toys to donate to the shelter make for hands-on volunteer opportunities off-site, too.Animal PhotographyShelter animals often get a quick photo snapped when they enter the shelter to help them get adopted, but these animals are often scared and uncertain when they first enter a shelter. Volunteer photographers play a key role in taking nice photos that make shelter pets look more appealing to prospective adopters. Photographers, like the ones at Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA, may also take photos at special events.Off-Site Adoption Events & Special EventsOrphans of the Storm shelter in Illinois notes the unique impact off-site and special event volunteers have on getting animals adopted. Volunteers develop relationships with animals outside of a shelter environment, get to know their histories and personalities and hype them up to potential adopters who either can’t or prefer not to visit shelters directly.Retail or Thrift Store VolunteeringShelters often have a retail component to help fund shelter operations. Volunteers may help out in these stores, taking in and selling merchandise. The Humane Society for Southwest Washington’s ReTails Store has been consistently voted the best thrift store in Clark County thanks to its volunteers, and proceeds go to help the shelter’s animals in need.Reading with RescuesReading programs are nice ways for kids to spend time with animals who can benefit from the soothing effects of a human voice and company. Kids can also gain confidence in their reading and speaking skills since animals are a non-judgmental audience. Minnesota’s Animal Humane Society Rescue Readers program offers a low-cost season pass for young readers who want to visit regularly.Teaching Animals Basic Behavior SkillsEast Bay SPCA puts a strong emphasis on behavior modification to help animals get adopted faster and thrive in loving homes. After receiving training, volunteers help in training, socialization and enriching animals during their shelter stay.Exercising PetsAnimals in shelters don’t usually have the ability to roam freely and get exercise on their own, so they rely on volunteers to help them stay healthy. Pet exercise can include walking dogs, running with high-energy dogs, playing with cats, and helping prospective adoptees burn off excess energy during adoption events. The San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter’s Pet Project Foundation even has volunteers who set up safe exercise pens for their rabbit residents.2Fostering Pets in Your HomePet foster parents are essential players in the animal adoption and shelter system. When shelters don’t have room for new animal intakes, or they have animals who could benefit from being in a temporary home rather than a shelter, foster parents step in and open their homes to hundreds of thousands of pets each year. Keeping animals in foster homes rather than shelters gives them a chance to let their true personalities come out, which is key in finding permanent homes. The Fairfax County Animal Shelter in Virginia found that after placing 52 dogs thought to have behavioral problems in foster homes, 90 percent turned out to be normal and were adopted within a month. The shelter environment was simply too stressful. Foster homes are needed for all types of animals, not just stressed dogs, so it may be a great option for people who like the idea of having a significant impact on animals without the long-term commitment.Common Volunteer Tasks & ResponsibilitiesUnderstand the individual needs of your foster pet and ensure you can meet themProvide basic care, including exercise and vet visits, as well as a safe and loving homeSocialize foster pets with other animalsWork on trainingTake pictures of your foster pet to help them get adoptedLearn about your foster pet’s personality and behavior and talk about them to potential adoptersYou’re a good fit for this type of volunteering if …You want a flexible way to help animalsYou like caring for animals but don’t want or are unable to take on the full commitment of a permanent petYou can commit to care responsibilities for different animals, like walking dogs, administering medication, or nursing kittens.You have experience training animalsYou are patient and empatheticYou are able to promote your foster pets to help them get adoptedSources & Further – Pet Fostering Q&AFoster Dogs, Inc. – Know Your Role as a Foster ParentOneGreenPlanet – Why Fostering Dogs and Cats is So Important and How to Get InvolvedPetFinder – Before You FosterPetFinder – How to Prepare Your Home for a Foster Pet3Volunteering with Animals in Agricultural SettingsThere are many opportunities for people to volunteer in agricultural settings, particularly at farm sanctuaries. These sanctuaries provide care and enrichment for animals who have escaped or been rescued from factory farms or other inhumane animal agriculture facilities. There are farm sanctuaries around the country, but since they strive to let animals live out their lives in the most natural way possible, more opportunities exist in rural areas, where animals have space to roam freely. Volunteers typically help with animal care, grounds maintenance and guided tours and education for the public.Common Volunteer Tasks & ResponsibilitiesBarn cleaningGrounds maintenance and minor repairsFeeding, cleaning and providing other care for animals in the shelter’s hospitalHospital chores, like cleaning and laundryFeeding barn animals and cleaning troughs and food dishesEgg collectingAdministrative supportPublic educationGuiding toursRunning the gift shop or visitor’s centerAssisting with special eventsAnswering visitor questionsYou’re a good fit for this type of volunteering if …You meet minimum age requirements or plan to volunteer with an adult parent or guardianYou can work in all types of weatherYou are physically fitYou are interested in volunteering on a regular basisYou are invested in the welfare of agricultural animalsSources & Further ReadingOneGreenPlanet – 10 Farm Sanctuaries in the U.S. That Are Great For VolunteeringThe Farm Sanctuary4Volunteering with a Therapy PetUnlike the other volunteer opportunities addressed here, where volunteers help with animals that live in sanctuaries or don’t have permanent homes, volunteering with a therapy pet typically involves pet owners working with their own pet to help people in their community. Therapy pets can play many helpful roles, like helping young students learn to read, relieving college student stress, calming nervous fliers at airports or enriching patients at hospitals and residents of elder care facilities.Common Volunteer Tasks & ResponsibilitiesParticipate in handler trainingParticipate in regular therapy pet training, including the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen training for dogsTalk with visiting people while remaining attentive to their petVisit hospitals, schools, assisted living facilities, airports and other participating locationsEnsure that both human and animal participants are calm and safeYou’re a good fit for this type of volunteering if …You have a well-behaved pet, and you work well togetherYou can commit to trainingYou can pass a criminal background checkYou and your therapy pet can commit to regular visits to participating organizationsYou are okay with others touching and interacting with your petSources & Further ReadingAKC Recognized Therapy Dog OrganizationsAlliance of Therapy DogsK9to5 National Therapy Dog RegistryLove on a LeashPet Partners Therapy Animal Program5Volunteering in Wildlife ConservationVolunteers can play important roles in animal care and wildlife conservation, both directly and indirectly. There’s a huge range of volunteering opportunities where you can help protect wildlife. Some volunteers may work in enclosed wildlife sanctuaries, caring for animals that can’t survive in the wild, while others may work in fish hatcheries or nature refuges ensuring animals can continue thriving in the wild.Common Volunteer Tasks & ResponsibilitiesVisitor educationWorking in the retail shop or visitor centerGrounds maintenance and restorationFeeding and food preparationCleaning enclosuresCommunity outreachGrant writing and fundraisingObservation and data gatheringSpecial events coordinationRehabilitation and medical carePreparing animals and facilities for seasonal changesYou’re a good fit for this type of volunteering if …You can meet the physical demands of volunteer work, such as lifting heavy objects, bending, twisting and navigating different terrainsYou are comfortable working on different types of tasks as neededYou can commit to training and a consistent volunteer scheduleYou can work in different climates and types of weatherYou communicate effectively with visitors and fellow volunteersSources & Further ReadingCalifornia Wildlife Center – Become a VolunteerU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – VolunteersAnimal Ark Volunteer Program6Volunteering with Animals AbroadVolunteering with animals can be a global adventure. Wildlife and domestic animal populations around the world can benefit from volunteer efforts in a range of capacities, from caring for street dogs to making sure that newly hatched sea turtles survive the dangerous journey from beach to ocean. Because of the incredible breadth of ecosystems, animals, organizations, and needs around the world, international volunteers can offer specialized aid that they may not be able to provide in the U.S. Upon returning home, volunteers can continue spreading awareness of global ecological and animal welfare issues and apply their skills in local settings, too.You’re a good fit for this type of volunteering if …You have a passportYou are at least 18 years old or will be traveling with a parent or volunteer organizationYou are interested in ethical volunteerism abroad, not just social media cloutYou are flexible and adaptableYou can pay travel feesYou can get any requisite vaccinesYou can work in all weather conditions4 Rewarding Ways to Volunteer with Animals AbroadBecause there are so many ways to volunteer with animals abroad, you may find it helpful to narrow your focus to one of the following areas of interest before seeking volunteer positions.Wildlife Sanctuary VolunteeringWildlife sanctuary volunteers help care for sick, injured and orphaned wild animals. Volunteers can work with a wide range of indigenous wildlife in a single area, which makes sanctuary volunteering unique and exciting. Some sanctuaries focus on rehabilitation and release into the wild while others care for animals through the remainder of their lives. Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Costa Rica are popular wildlife conservation destinations.Volunteering with Street AnimalsMany areas around the world do not have the resources to care for and house homeless animals. International animal care volunteers typically provide care to street dogs, but opportunities to work with other animals may be available as well. Volunteers generally feed, wash and play with street animals and may help shelter staff with cleaning facilities and providing medical care to animals. Opportunities are common throughout Asia and South America.Volunteering with Marine LifeCoastal regions around the world need volunteers to help preserve and study turtle populations and collect data on reefs, fish and other aquatic life. Volunteers may go on deep dives, comb beaches or help in rehabilitation and care facilities. Marine life volunteer opportunities are common in Costa Rica, Seychelles, Thailand, Fiji, Sri Lanka and Mexico, but opportunities are available in many other island and coastal areas.Farm and Livestock CareThose who volunteer on farms abroad often do a combination of animal care and farming work. Volunteers may learn about sustainable farming practices and help ensure animals are fed and tended. Volunteers may herd goats, milk cows and gather eggs as well as build and repair farm buildings and infrastructure. Farm and livestock opportunities are available in Thailand, Kenya and Nepal.Examples of Animal Volunteering Abroad ProgramsAustralia – Wildlife Animal SanctuaryVolunteers help out at Walkabout Wildlife Park, a wildlife sanctuary and Aboriginal cultural site, for 1 to 4 weeks. Volunteers spend half their on-site time working directly with animals and half maintaining sanctuary grounds. They have weekends free to explore the surrounding areas. Living accommodations are provided on-site.Location(s): Calga, AustraliaGet more infoAnimal Care/Animal Rights in GuatemalaAnimal care volunteers are placed in high-demand facilities, including dog and cat shelters, exotic animal refuges and veterinary clinics, and may perform many basic care duties. The facilities commonly rely on volunteers to clean enclosures, help with vet care, bathe and play with animals and work on small construction projects. Volunteers live with host families during their stay.Location(s): Antigua, GuatemalaGet more infoElephant and Endangered Sea Turtle Coastal Conservation in ThailandVolunteers can have a direct impact on two endangered species: the green sea turtle and the Asian elephant. The program begins on Thailand’s southern coast, where volunteers work with turtle conservation groups, like turtle nurseries. Then volunteers head to northern Thailand to help trainers reintroduce Asian elephants to semi-wild habitats.Location(s): Chiang Mai, Thailand and Phang Nga, ThailandGet more infoMarine and Coast Conservation Volunteer Program in SpainThis volunteer opportunity involves working with marine wildlife as well as studying coastal plants and animals nearby. Volunteer work focuses heavily on gathering data and monitoring wildlife like whales, turtles, dolphins and seabirds. Volunteers also help improve wetland ecosystems and work on underwater and beach cleanups.Location(s): Denia, SpainGet more infoThe Little Farm Friendly ProjectFarm volunteers assist with both animal care and sustainable agricultural work. Animal-focused duties can be hands-on, like feeding, bathing and raising, but volunteers also help with building enclosures and cleaning up after animals. Simple living accommodations are provided along with two meals per day. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one week of work.Location(s): Ratchaburi, ThailandGet more infoHow and Where to Find Animal Volunteer OpportunitiesOnce you’ve decided how you want to volunteer with animals, it can sometimes be difficult finding organizations and programs that are located nearby and/or offer the exact type of volunteer work you’re looking for. Here are some tips and resources for tracking down the perfect animal volunteering opportunity.Look online for animal volunteering opportunitiesWhether going directly to an organization’s website to check their volunteer positions or searching through a volunteer database, looking online can be a great way to find a wide range of animal volunteer options. These websites can get you started in your search:Best Friends National Network: Find a Best Friends volunteer program in your area, or search for a Best Friends Network partner.The Humane Society of the United States: Search for over 60 types of Humane Society animal volunteer opportunities across the United States.Vet Set Go: Vet Set Go is a resource aimed at aspiring veterinarians, but anyone can use their volunteer opportunity search tool.Audubon Society – Audubon Near You: Ornithological enthusiasts may want to hone in on bird-specific volunteer opportunities. Local Audubon societies are a great resource.GoEco – Animal Volunteer Opportunities: Discover a range of opportunities to volunteer with animals abroad and read past volunteers’ Get involved in government-sponsored wildlife and conservation volunteer projects through VolunteerMatch is an extensive database of open volunteer positions. Narrow your search to find animal-focused opportunities in your area.GoAbroad – Animal Welfare Volunteer Programs Abroad: A popular resource for international teachers, GoAbroad also helps connect volunteers with animal welfare projects around the world.Petfinder: Unfamiliar with shelters in your area? Petfinder’s shelters and rescues search can help you find a place to volunteer.ASPCA: Learn about and find ASPCA volunteer opportunities by location and area of interest.International Volunteer HQ – Wildlife and Animal Care: International Volunteer HQ facilitates many animal volunteer opportunities abroad and provides helpful information to future volunteers.World Animal Net Directory: Search for animal protection agencies domestically and abroad to help narrow your volunteer opportunity search.Corporation for National and Community Service: This government resource helps volunteers find local opportunities in their area of interest.The Nature Conservancy – Volunteer and Attend Events: Find events and ways to volunteer with The Nature Conservancy, which has chapters around the country.Projects Abroad: Find international volunteering opportunities focused on conservation, animal care, marine life and more.Oceans 2 Earth: Oceans 2 Earth is a nonprofit organization that works exclusively with wildlife habitat conservation and animal welfare organizations around the world.Inquire in-person about volunteer needs near youStopping by an organization in person can often be the most direct way to get information about different volunteer positions. Staff or volunteer coordinators may even be able to give prospective volunteers more detailed information in person. Consider asking about opportunities by visiting a variety of places within your community, including:Animal sheltersWildlife sanctuaries and refugesVeterinary officesConservation organizationsFarm sanctuariesAnimal rehabilitation centersLocal fish and wildlife department or parks and recreation departmentHospitalsAnimal Volunteering ChecklistVolunteering with animals can be exciting and you may be eager to get started, but volunteers typically have to do some prep work before they can lend a hand. Specific procedures vary by organization, but these steps can help potential volunteers get ready to work with animals in need.Research the volunteer requirements and responsibilitiesBefore settling on an opportunity, prospective volunteers need to make sure they meet the position’s requirements and can fulfill all responsibilities. Volunteer coordinators can help potential volunteers find positions at their organizations that may be a good fit.Fill out a volunteer applicationVolunteer applications may be available online or at the volunteer organization. Applications often include requirements, codes of conduct and liability waivers, so be sure to carefully fill out and read through the form.Pay volunteer feesDepending on the organization, volunteers may have to pay a fee. For local organizations, this may cover training and supplies. International volunteering fees may be greater but can cover room, board, and extracurricular activities.Complete a background check, if requiredSome organizations require background checks. Background checks can take a while to process and may require an additional fee, so be sure to inquire about this when researching volunteer requirements.Attend any required volunteer trainingMost organizations require volunteers to attend training sessions before letting them help out. These training sessions are essential in preparing volunteers to provide the best help they can.Get ready to volunteer!Depending on how you volunteer, this can be as simple as putting on animal-friendly clothes or considerably more involved. Fosters, for instance, need to prepare their house for their new animals. International volunteers may need to get passports and vaccines squared away. Careful research and planning can make for a smooth and rewarding volunteer experience.IAdditional Resources and Reading for Volunteering with AnimalsVeterinary Volunteer: 4 Great Ways to Start Volunteering with Animals TodayHumane Society of the United States: What to Know Before You VolunteerWhy We Need More Animal VolunteersSo You Want to Be a Photographer in an Animal Shelter?How to Get Your Dream Job Working in Animal ConservationHow Animal Rescue Volunteers Create Happily Ever AftersAfter that… read through all these articles that I wrote on related subjects. You should find some helpful info in at least a few of these.Stefan Pociask's answer to How can I learn more about nature?Stefan Pociask's answer to Would volunteering at wildlife/nature centers improve my chances of getting a job working with birds?Stefan Pociask's answer to How hard is it to get a job in wildlife conservation? (US)Stefan Pociask's answer to How do you start a career in wildlife conservation?Stefan Pociask's answer to Where can I interact with animals in the wild, and contribute to their well-being?Stefan Pociask's answer to What is it like to be a birds-of-prey rehabilitation specialist?Take any job you can find, even the dirty ones that aren’t as popular… like cleaning trash from a river or riparian area. You will get a good reputation that way, and more and better things will come your way. Good luck!EDIT: ARRGH! I just checked google maps, and this is what has become of my beautiful wilderness full of Bald Eagles and endangered Gopher Tortoises and Indigo Snakes:Ah, well… we gave them a couple of extra decades I guess : (Some final excellent suggestions for you:Wildlife Rehabs. Do some research in your area, and I’m sure you can find at least one of several types of Rehabilitation Centers. Near me I have a Waterfowl Rescue, a Raptor Center and several Wildlife Rehab Centers. There are all sorts of Rehabs specializing in many different things, depending on where you live. You will get to interact with wild animals when they need you most, and when the time comes for them to be set free, you will interact with them when you go to release them into the wild. It’s very satisfying.BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Contact your local office and ask what types of field work opportunities they might have that you can volunteer your time to.Your State Wildlife agency. Same as above. Ask about volunteer opportunities.USFWS. Again, ask for volunteer opportunities.Local Universities. There are often grad students looking for volunteers to help them with projects. Check Natural Resources departments, or Wildlife Biology departments.Call these places and put your name on all their lists. Someone will eventually call you. Enjoy!Now… all you have to do is stop just reading about it, follow up on these websites… … contact them until you find one in your area that needs you… get up off your quarantined butt… and DO something!SO… THOSE ARE A FEW THAT SHOULD GET YOU STARTED!! GOOD LUCK!

How was your SBI PO interview experience?

*Long Post ahead*Date : 11th Oct 2018 , Time 12:00 PMLocation : Local Head Office, Amarawati Circle , Hyderabad.Total interview time : Around 16 minThere were 5 members in the panel ( 4 Males + 1 Female)Jishnu : May I come in sir ?someone : Please come in.J : Good afternoon Ma’am, Good afternoon sirs.M1 : Good afternoon, take your seat.J : Thank you sir.M1: So, Mr.Jishnu, I can see you have worked with ALS. Can you tell about it?J: Sir, it is an acronym for Alternative Learning Systems, which is a famous training institute for Civil services Examination, with HQ at New Delhi and around 80+ regional centers pan IndiaM2 : Oh, so how good your institute in terms of final selections? Anyone cleared the exam?J: It is doing extremely well sir, with each year 200+ selections in final list.M1: 200+ results? ( Surprised by the number ) out of how many ?J: yes sir, 200+ out of around 1000 posts. It slightly varies from notification to notification. The 200+ might not only be from current batches but also from alumni.M2 : What is your role in the organisation ?J: Explained (1 year as Batch Coordinator in New Delhi + 1.5 year as Center Manager in Tirupati .. Roles and responsibilities )M2: what is your stream in Engineering?J: Computer Science and Engineering sir, with an additional minor degree in Management Studies.M1: Tell us about Indian EconomyJ: Explained various sectors(Primary , Secondary, Tertiary ) and dependence on Primary, and the potential in Secondary sector to keep India on the highway to the development etc.M2: Can you tell the current crisis happening in Indian Economy?J: Explained about currency depreciation , with reasons ( Both internal and external) and the steps being taken by Govt.M2 : Currency devaluation, is it local phenomenon ?J: No, it happened with various other nations as well and as many external factors involved, it is a global phenomenonM1: Ok Jishnu, can you tell who will get benefit in our country due to this phenomenon?( I got struck here, though its a simple one I could not answer immediately)J: Sir, with your permission can I take a minute to answer this?M1: Okay, go ahead.J: Sir the exporters will get benefit as they receive their payments in dollars and they will get advantage in currency exchange.M2: yes, it is simple, why did you take time for this?(Before I could respond, M1 had asked the next question :) )M1: Tell us about Inflation.J: Explained …M2: How inflation affects the economy of a country?J: explained how changes in prices affects the consumer behavior pattern which have cascading ripple effect in manufacturing and in turn in employment, income of people etcM2: Good(pointed to M3)M3: Jishnu, your native place is Nellore, can you tell me about the ports in Nellore?J: Yes sir. In Nellore we have Krishnapatnam Port which started around a decade back. It plays a very crucial role in our economy as it facilitates so many exports from the region. And sir, there is another port is in the pipeline at DugarajaPatnam, waiting for environmental clearances .M3: Is DugarajaPatnam also belongs to Nellore district?J: Yes sir, it in southeastern part of Nellore district.M4: I think Nellore is close to Chennai. Have you ever been to Chennai?J: Yes sir, from my native place Chennai is around 150 km. we are connected by NH16(old NH5). and yes I have been to Chennai couple of times.M4: Tell me the famous lake in NelloreJ: sir it is Lake Pulicat , which in coramandal coast and in between Andhra and Tamilanadu.M1 : Why you want to come to Banking?J: Since my graduation , I had inclination towards Public Sector. And I believe I am good in dealing with people. And also I have done dual degree in Management Studies . Banking sector is like backbone of Economy. And opportunities in this Sector also increasing . By considering all these, I decided to join banking industry. It will be a win-win move for the organization and me.M1: If you are interested in Public Sector, why didn’t you go for civil cervices ? You have even worked for an Institute right?J: Actually sir, after graduation , I have started preparing for civils. for the same thing I have joined as a student with ALS. During my coaching days, I got noticed by Mr.Shashank Atom, the founder of ALS . As soon as I am done with my coaching, they have offered a position in ALS. And I wanted to be independent rather than burdening my parents financially, I was happy to accept that offer. It was like Learning + Earning. After 4 years into this, I thought it is not my cup of tea and I started to settle down for a good and respectable job. When I evaluated my options, SBI was in the top. So I am here today.(M1 pointed to M5)M5 : (Looking at my photograph in biodata and me repeatedly) You look so different than in this picture.( everyone started laughing )J: Yes Ma’am. May be because of the clean shave.M5: No Not only that, you are so different . Even HairstyleJ: Actually I have got no control over my hairstyle Ma’am. As it is silky, it keeps changing automatically.(Again laughs)M5: you are still young. And you already spent lot of time in preparing civil services. now you are leaving it just like that?J: Ma’am, it is not that I am leaving it just like that. I invested 4 years into that. I wrote Mains of my state services once . But I could not get into next level which is interview in state services and could not clear prelims of civils. Had I left this after 1st or 2nd attempt, it can be considered that I just left it simply but not now I think.M2: Do you have attempts left?J: Yes sir.M2: you have mentioned photography as your hobby. May I ask some questions?J: please sirM2: what is aperture, shutter speed, exposureJ: explainedM2: difference between film photography and digital photographyM5: How come you know so many languages( Mentioned in Biodata - Telugu,Hindi,Kannada,Tamil)J: I love to learn new languages Ma’am. Telugu is my mother tongue. Later I started with Hindi, then picked up Tamil and then Kannada. Right now I am trying to pick up Malayalam but it is being a tough nut to crack( members laughed and resonated… yes Malayalam is tricky to learn )M1: you have mentioned travelling as your hobby. which all countries you have traveled so far?J: Sir, as of now I haven’t been to abroad . I have plans in future. In India I have travelled to several states - Himachal, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, UP, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, AP and Delhi region. I have a list of places in India which yet to explored like Northeastern region and Andaman etc. After finishing all those , then I will go for other countries.M2 : You have done Engineering in CSE with some Dual degree in Business Management. Prepared for civil services for 4 years. Now you want to join banking. It is entirely new domain which you need to learn from scratch. And you need to deal with customers sometime who yells at you. lot of pressure will be there. How will you manage? Do you still want to join this?J: sir, as you can see from my learning of languages, I am open for learning. And also during civil service preparation one has to learn so many new topics/areas. So with that practice and my nature, I believe I can learn concepts of banking concepts easily. 2nd part of your question about pressure, from last 4 years, I had a constant pressure from my parents and peers about not having a job. If I could manage that, I am confident I can manage these too ( with a smile)( M1 laughed and reciprocated.. parents and peer pressure will be high.. )M2 : But that pressure is different.J: yes sir, I was just telling an example. and I can handle the pressure which you are mentioning sir.M5: your hobby.. volunteering. What kind of things you volunteer.?J: Ma’am, it varied from time to time. During my college days I was a part of various clubs and activities. After graduation, I volunteered for different set of things.M5 : ok. Is this useful to you anywhere?J: Yes Ma’am, a lot.M5: How?J: I hail from a village and studied in vernacular medium till my 10th class in a government school. when I entered college, I was having many limitations and inhibitions like stage fear, inferiority complex etc. Due to this volunteering, I started interacting with people. It gave me many avenues to develop myself. Towards the end of college days, I even did stage show(hosting). This helped me a lot in this way. And also ma’am while volunteering we get to face so many experiences which otherwise will not come into our walk of life.(M5 reciprocated.. yes true experiences matters a lot)M1: when did you volunteered last time?J: sir, after the recent Kerala floods, I have volunteered with an NGO called Swahasta. We have collected materials from Tirupati and Banglore and distributed them in Aluva of Ernakulam Dt of Kerala.M2: What did you see when you went there for distribution ?J: There were so many dilapidated houses, huge damage to agriculture and livelihood. We even heard in rural parts, snakes came into houses along with mud etc.M1 : (Looking at others and to me) Ok. we are done here. All the best . you can leave for the day.J: Thank you sirs. Thank you MaamI got selected in Merit list and will be joining SBI soon as POThanks for reading.

Do some doctors regret becoming doctors? Why? How common is this?

Hello there Quora :)I am very happy this question was asked because it gives an opportunity to share a different perspective of the current situation as a student who just graduated from medical school. **DISCLAIMER: This is my personal perspective. I do not think this represents all doctors and as you can see from the other numerous answers there are perfectly content docs out there. So please don’t take any offense these are just things I have been observing and also heard feedback about from my peers who were in medical school at the same time and at different institutions. Thanks :)**One of my biggest regrets is going to medical school IN THE CURRENT AGE. There’s a lot of things that medical school doesn’t prepare you for and a lot of things that are old and not changing about the system. If I could go back I wouldn’t do it again CURRENTLY. I stress these words over and over because I think that medicine is slowly changing (very slowly), but it is changing for the better as more awareness is raised. So what didn’t I like about medical school?Three main things for me personally:Medical school and doctor training is currently very very abusive in it’s teaching style.One of the first things that a lot of medical schools will tell you (and I think a lot of people who went to medical school will agree with me) on your first day is “Welcome to medical school, you will now be learning like you are drinking from a fire hose.” To me as someone who has been teaching and mentoring since high school, this message just basically sounds like “Hey, we know this is too much information, but we are going to give it to you all in too little time anyways so good luck and those of you who can’t make it just aren’t cut out for this.” There is a sad term called a “Gunner” that gets floated around in medical school. I’m not sure if this is a term that is used in other fields, but particularly in medicine this is someone who achieves the best grades and scores no matter the cost. Your class mate is struggling? Good riddance. That means I look better. Your team member has that doctor who is mean to all their students? Look away and be happy cause that isn’t you. This is the essence of a gunner. A lot of people will joke around and call people gunners, but the way that the current medical system is set up we are rewarding and breeding for gunners. After the first 2 years (1 and a half years at some schools) of medical school students will leave the classroom and go directly into the hospitals for clinical learning. This is when the training style for Gunners runs rampant. Grading tends to not be objective during this time and because it is based on the opinion of the teaching physician all of the medical students compete with each other to try and impress them. Hence why gunners run rampant and are rewarded for their behavior. This kind of environment fosters medical students no longer asking questions, going home to memorize as much as they can to look impressive, not helping each other as much as they should, and overall creating an environment where future doctors are hyper competitive with each other instead of helping each other. In the United States doctors don’t have unions and are forced to work 80 hour weeks which is the maximum that was placed in recent years because studies were showing that the sleep deprivation was harming patients. Prior to this it was even higher hence the term “resident physicians.” This means that you work 12 hours (usually getting into the hospital at 5am and staying until 5pm minimum) 6–7 days a week. The golden rule of vacation for doctors is “4 days off a month” during their training years so that means you can actually work 26–27 days STRAIGHT before you have even 1 day off working those 12 hour minimum shifts (this does not include times to respond to patient emails online, time to finish patient notes, travel time to work, or even time to get ready the next day). I have heard old school doctors complaining about the implementation of such a rule because “We did it so why shouldn’t you.” Funny part is many hospitals “enforce” this rule by sending residents home, but they are reminded that all patient notes need to be finished before the next day so in reality you aren’t free from work at all and that 80 hour work week is really much higher. You just now get to do it at home, and this is seen as “generous.” Everyone goes in saying that they will never become the monsters that they were taught by, that they will never be that gunner, but after going through such an abusive system many people change and don’t even realize it, I mean who can blame them? Think about this, you work 12 hours a day, should get 8 hours of sleep…that leaves you 4 hours left in the day. 4 hours to be with your family, your significant other, your children, and your own physical and mental health. That is also assuming that you live right next to the hospital and get home immediately. Forget even having dinner, showering, or other personal hygiene rituals. This is from personal experience as well as from the numerous friends and family members that I have personally witnessed transform (in good and bad ways, but when talking about the bad ways most dismiss it and don’t believe it. Which makes sense…who wants to hear they are changing for the worse? This includes myself as well, and I am currently trying my best to change that!)*Update* Recently a doctor from South Africa was brave enough to put her recordings and interactions in her residency training online seen below. If you don’t have time to view the video the summary is this **there is a female doctor in training who ended up leaving medical training because she was being told demeaning and sexist things. Upon bringing it up to her superiors instead of being listened to she was told that she was over-reacting and that she is being the resident and person “no one wants to be.” They told her she would never get a job again if she continued pursuing these things.** I would like to say that this is rare, but unfortunately the truth is it is not as rare as you would think. It’s not just happening to women either. This abusive style permeates through all genders, races, beliefs, etc. It’s a MEDICAL CULTURE. Which is really sad for such an altruistic field. All in all right now things are being taught with a “hazing” type of mentality where people just say “Well I went through this hell…so why shouldn’t you?” instead of trying to continue to improve it for subsequent generations. Now to be clear…this is NOT all doctors, this is NOT all programs, but there’s a lot of them out there for various reasons and the only way things are going to change are by raising awareness and working together.2. There’s so much that we need to do to change the medical system, yet medical schools are only teaching us how to be doctors in hospitals only. We don’t learn any entrepreneurship skills even though some of us are expected to run clinics and hospitals in the future. We aren’t required to learn anything in regards to health policy even though doctors are more needed on Capitol Hill. Heck, we don’t even learn how to maintain our own bodily health and mental sanity. (If you are interested in reading more about what I think is lacking in medical education you can read what I have written here: Tanakorn Kittisarapong's answer to What useful skills do they not teach you in medical school?)There was an interesting survey done by a website called Med Page Today which keeps up with the latest medical news and trends which basically asked doctors: Are You Thinking About Quitting Medicine? (you can click the question to go to the survey there). A staggering 61% answered “Yes” with over 550 votes. Of course this is an online anonymous survey, so there could be many biases, but it is interesting to note how many people responded yes and that the age range was actually pretty evenly distributed (meaning it wasn’t just young docs, middle aged docs, or older docs it was a nice spread among all of them). Physician has also become one of the professions (if not the top profession) with the highest suicidal rate. It’s estimated 300–400 physicians commit suicide EACH YEAR. That is one doctor dying in a totally preventable way EVERY DAY.Highest Suicide Rate by ProfessionPhysician Burnout Rates Top 50 Percent (And That's Not the Worst Finding)Medical student suicide: It's impact is devastating. This case proves it.,petition: Stop the suicide epidemic in medical schools and residency programs!3. We are opening more medical schools, but the RESIDENCY (doctors in training) positions are not growing as quickly. The interesting incoming doctor shortage that the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) has done studies on in 2016 estimating a shortage of 61,700-94,700 physicians by 2025. (If you are interested look here: GME Funding and Physician Workforce). In response to this numerous medical schools have been opened up in order to prepare for this upcoming shortage, makes logical sense. Now comes the issue I mentioned at the start. Take a look at this image:Notice the number of applicants went up by 1,036, but the number of positions went up by a little more than half of that only at 538 (even the number that are “active” and submitted preferences, meaning they went to interviews and submitted which hospitals they wanted to go to {people such as myself}, went up by a higher number of 571). Active Seniors 18,187 up from last year. Matched Seniors 17,057 up from last year. % Positions filled by Seniors 61.2% DOWN from last year. Also take notice that the number of active seniors went up 162, but the number of matched seniors went up 125. That’s 37 seniors lacking in matching. Critics will say that there are numerous factors for this, and I whole-heartedly agree, but where the heck are these seniors going? In addition isn’t it worrisome that there are 1,130 UNMATCHED seniors??? This is only U.S. graduates, not even including those from Doctors of Osteopathic Medical Schools, U.S. citizens trying to come home from Carribbean Schools, and International Medical Graduates. For which the numbers are worse for and can hover down to 40–50%.Now what are these seniors suppose to do in the mean time or if they want to do something related to medicine but not be a clinical physician? Unfortunately having an M.D. degree doesn’t qualify you for a wide range of jobs that something like an M.B.A might qualify you for. At least not that I am aware of (I would love for someone with insight to comment on this), but from personal experience myself it is hard to figure out what jobs I can get with an M.D. degree solely because my education has only trained me to be a doctor. There is so much talent wasted, and there is so much about the healthcare field that needs to be fixed that I am shocked there isn’t more education and resources to get these graduates to other jobs/opportunities that can help the healthcare field in general. I am saying this after I spoke to 12 different physicians at my institution who could not advise me on what I could do with just an M.D. degree other than go to residency AND after going to my schools career center. Scary and disheartening if I do say so myself. It costs so much money to apply. I spent easily over $10,000 on applications and interviews because not only do you have to pay for each application you send in, but you also have to fly to each location for an interview as well as hotel.And let me just end with being a little honest about my situation. I didn’t get into residency after applying to over 50 programs (for those curious, I applied to Pediatrics which is considered a “non-competitive” specialty. I personally don’t like that term, but it’s what is being used right now). This was after I followed the advise of all my advisers. I didn’t pass Step 1 the first time, but that was my only hiccup in the entirety of medical school. No other failures, no other red flags. In fact I ran multiple organizations at my school, did research that got published, and even created a peer teaching program that ran for a while. Problem is that in a system where the number of applicants to residency positions greatly exceeds the spots, the quickest way to weed people out is to look at the score and that red flag was enough to brand me. I don’t even blame them, I understand how stressful it is to weed out thousands of applications (I have had jobs in the past where I was responsible for interviewing and hiring as well as interviewed numerous prospective students while I was in medical school). It’s just an unfortunate reality of the current situation we are in with the system right now. The weird thing is that you can’t even retake the Step exams in order to get higher scores. Once you pass you are stuck with that score for at least 7 years when the score expires. So in other words for 7 years you can’t improve your chances to get into residency by SCORE (there are other things that one can do such as continued education, research, volunteering, maybe working for a well known doctor, etc.), which is interesting because there is such a heavy weight on score in this field.Now I hope this didn’t sound bitter, but just a reality that I personally faced. With $350,000 of debt and over 10 years of my life spent on getting into medical school and graduating it was shocking that no one could advise me on what I could do with my M.D. degree to earn money to begin paying down my debt while waiting another year to apply to residency and needing to spend another $10,000. Everyone keeps saying “do research”, but unfortunately I have worked on research projects in the past and those don’t usually pay due to the uncertainty of grants. Or the jobs that do pay get taken by more qualified Ph.D’s or Masters degree holders who have much more experience in the lab. I come from a middle class background, so I can’t rely on my soon-to-retire parents to pay off my debt. I can’t even imagine how someone from with a background with even less money can cope with the situation. It doesn’t shock me to hear that there are doctors out there working as waiters and coffee baristas.My whole point of this post was to raise awareness that there are THOUSANDS of people graduating from medical schools and CAN’T CONTINUE TRAINING. Even after enduring years of debt, education, and abusive teaching styles. I hope that people on Quora read this and share and spread more awareness because this is a really large issue that needs to be addressed and I myself am really adamantly pursuing individuals and work that is making this change happen.Thank you for your time. And as always, thank you so much for reading. I love discussions (as long as they are constructive and friendly) so please don’t hesitate to comment :)

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