Post by MIDN 3/C Ray Hernandez
Through the coordination of the Midshipman Action Group (MAG) and the Navy Medicine Club, about 25 Naval Academy midshipmen have been selected to volunteer at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.
To be part of this program, students are required to fill out an application. Students chosen to participate devote three hours every other week on Fridays and Sundays to work in different departments within the hospital.
These departments include ER, Heart and Neuro, Pediatric ER, NICU, Clinical, and Patient Visitation. Students are assigned to their departments for the whole semester. The goal of this MAG project is to make the lives of the nurses and support staff a lot easier by assisting them with smaller tasks.
Midshipmen benefit from this training by getting exposed to a fast-paced environment, while gaining an appreciation of support services. Five out of the 25 midshipmen are from 16th Company. MIDN 3/C Sonya Ye, of 16th Company, works specifically with the NICU department and volunteers her time doing smaller tasks such as changing diapers, doing laundry, and preparing milk bottles.
As midshipmen and students, it is difficult to do much more work on top of an already busy schedule, but MIDN Ye appreciates her ability to make the nurses and the hospital staff’s day-to-day routine even the slightest bit more fluid. She also enjoys getting to know the faculty at Anne Arundel, as well as the long term patients.
The Midshipman Action Group volunteered over 24,000 hours of service during the last academic year. They spearhead efforts such as Harvest for the Hungry food drive, Mids for Kids and the 2014 bone marrow registration drive.