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Former volunteer at Delray Medical Center now on track to become a doctor

Posted at 3:22 PM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 16:55:12-05

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — The Delray Medical Center has hundreds of volunteers.

Some volunteers gain experience and others do it to give back to the community.

Sarah Rabinowitz started volunteering when she was 14 and wanted to become a veterinarian. Rabinowitz is now a first-year medical student and studying to become a doctor at Florida Atlantic University.

She said she learned that she loved to help others and wanted to help humans.

"Somebody told me once that if you walk away from a difficult day smiling that is how that is what you want to do," Rabinowitz told WPTV.

Rabinowitz has spent countless hours at Delray Medical Center. She's been in radiology, the emergency room, art therapy, and trauma research. Through all the volunteering hours she has developed a goal.

"Right now I would love to work in the emergency room, I would love to be an ER doc," Rabinowitz said.

Delray Medical Center has about 30 high school volunteers every semester and another 270 adult volunteers.

Volunteer Director Becky McCoy said it is amazing when a volunteer realizes their career through volunteering.

"It is so rewarding to me because there are some volunteers that were high school volunteers at 14," said McCoy. "There is a nurse right next to me, and up in trauma is another trauma nurse and she will laugh and tell me, 'Oh I remember you, Ms. McCoy, when I was 14.'"

Rabinowitz is waiting to see if she will work with Delray Medical Center next semester for medical school, but she plans to work with the trauma department over the summer.

She said she hopes to eventually finish her residency at Delray Medical Center.