C-VIP provides the opportunity for volunteers to experience the clinical aspects of health care through patient contact and volunteer involvement. Volunteers assist physicians, nurses and administrators who are then able to share their perspective with their volunteers through mentorship and clinical training.
Time invested in the program proves invaluable, as it provides each volunteer with a hands-on, didactic personal learning experience in a real clinical setting. CVIP Volunteers are respected as professional members of the patient care team. As a result, they gain an insiders' understanding of the operations of a community clinic— an experience which helps them determine their specific course for future academic endeavors.