Congratulations to Travis Smith, WMC's… - Wyoming Medical Center

Congratulations to Travis Smith, WMC's Junior Volunteer of the Year

By Kristy Bleizeffer Aug 21, 2020

We are immensely proud of this year’s Junior Volunteer of the Year, Travis Smith. Travis volunteered at Wyoming Medical Center for two years and contributed more than 165 hours to serving patients, families and staff.

Travis is starting at the the University of Wyoming this fall.

“Being a junior volunteer at Wyoming Medical Center was one of the most fulfilling and enriching experiences through my four years of high school,” he said. “It was a great introduction to the medical field as a whole, as it allowed me to experiment and test which departments of the hospital I enjoyed working in."

Thank you, Travis, for all of your hard work and dedication. We wish you the best and know you will have a fulfilling career in medicine.

Below, Travis describes his volunteer experience in his own words.

Department served

I want to voice my praise for everybody in the Emergency Department. People like Misty and Joe were amazing mentors to learn from and truly cared about their volunteers and gave unique insight and opportunities.

Favorite part about volunteering

My favorite part about volunteering at WMC was the unpredictability of the work I was doing. I spent most of my volunteer hours in the Emergency Department and every day I came in for my shift, I always felt that I had something new and different to do to help out. I really enjoyed that because it kept me on my toes and let me experience a lot of what operations go on inside of medical facilities.

Career Plans

My career plan is to get my Bachelors degree in microbiology and hopefully end up working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lessons learned

My time spent as a volunteer at WMC helped me immensely with gaining skills related to the medical field such as running leads on EKGs, reading blood pressure numbers, correctly sanitizing work spaces, etc. This knowledge came especially handy when I went on to become a phlebotomist through Casper College and put me way farther ahead in that regard. The volunteer program also heavily influenced my decision in pursuing microbiology as a career as I was given the opportunity to work closely with people who work in the lab.