Volunteers in Medicine Deals with the Crisis within the Crisis
Right now 94 Volunteers in Medicine clinics have thousands of providers across our country heroically serving on the frontlines of this crisis to provide free healthcare to more than 100,000 people in need. Sadly, many of those volunteer healthcare professionals are older and therefore more susceptible to the disease, so they can no longer serve in-person at the clinics.
Physicians and Medical Volunteers
Retired and practicing physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, dentists and other medical professionals are the primary providers of care at Volunteers in Medicine clinics. Working within VIM’s “Culture of Caring,” medical volunteers often feel they get more out of their volunteer experience than they give.
Each VIM clinic recruits, trains and manages their own volunteer staff of providers. The volunteer coordinator is responsible for scheduling and orienting the volunteer staff of health care providers. And the medical director is responsible for the overall quality of care provided in the clinic. Contact the Volunteers in Medicine clinic near you to learn about volunteers opportunities.
The Medical Advisory Committee of the Board develops policies and procedures for:
- Licensing and credentialing volunteer medical professionals
Obtaining medical liability insurance coverage for the clinic, volunteers and staff
- Quality assurance and risk management planning
Confidentiality policies and HIPAA requirements; medical records systems; scope of clinical services
- Advice about construction plans, pharmacy, diagnostics and lab options
People who make the best VIM volunteers are ones who feel passionate about the mission. Each clinic recruits and trains a cadre of local volunteers in a variety of roles that may include: receptionists, schedulers, greeters, pharmacy assistants, eligibility screeners, interpreters, and others. Each clinic also recruits board members who volunteer time, talent and treasure to set policy so the clinic not only survives, but also thrives.
Contact the volunteer coordinator at the Volunteers in Medicine clinic near you to learn about how you can help. If there is no VIM clinic in your area, and you believe one is needed, visit Start a Clinic or contact the national office for information on how to get started.
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