Giving Back Matters: Physician Started as a Volunteer
By Lindsay Woolman
Nov 21, 2017
Updated Nov 17, 2023
5 min read
What’s one of the best ways to gain experience at your dream job or give back to your community? Become a volunteer.
Nickolas Gangwer, DO, started his career at Intermountain Healthcare as a volunteer at McKay-Dee Hospital where he says that the volunteering experience is one he will never forget. He is now an internal medicine physician at the hospital and still finds himself remembering his volunteer days.
"I was a premed student at Weber State University, but I'd never actually worked in a healthcare setting," says Dr. Gangwer. "Volunteering for Intermountain was a great exposure for me. It helped me understand the healthcare work environment and it was a lot of fun."
As a volunteer, Dr. Gangwer spent much of his time in the pre-op and the emergency department. He remembers seeing a lot of what happens behind the scenes, such as transporting patients to the operating rooms and learning about the importance of making sure everything in the hospital environment is clean and sterilized.
"I met a lot of staff and we talked about their roles," he says. "When I think back, it really gave me a better appreciation for the entire staff and how everyone fits together. I also really enjoyed interacting with the patients."
Volunteers are an important part of Intermountain Healthcare’s mission to help people live the healthiest lives possible. They give back to our communities at hospitals and clinics across Utah and in Burley, Idaho.