Volunteer Opportunities

RotaCare Richmond - posted 5/22/18

The RotaCare Richmond Clinic is in need of physician volunteers. The free bilingual general clinic is open every Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 8 PM, and first and third Sundays. On the third Tuesday of the month a women's clinic is offered. The all-volunteer clinic is located in the Family Justice Center at 256 24th St in downtown Richmond. 
Contact Amit Rhandhawa, the acting Clinical Operations Manager. His e-mail is:<richmondclinic@rotacarebayarea.org>.

The MAVEN Project (Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network) - posted 2/26/18

The MAVEN Project connects physician volunteers with US medical clinics caring for underserved patient populations. Our physician volunteers via telehealth technology (video conference, email, and phone) provide remote advisory consultations (peer-to-peer advice on de-identified clinical cases or population health), educational talks, and mentoring for clinic primary care providers. The SF Chronicle lately profiled the group - <https://www.sfgate.com/visionsf/article/Laurie-Green-keeps-retired-doctors-working-with-12622000.php>

I am looking to engage recently retired, semi-retired, and active doctors (in clinical practice or industry) with these MAVEN Project volunteer opportunities, which are meaningful, convenient, and flexible (minimum of 4 hours per month). Active or volunteer medical licenses are accepted. Malpractice insurance for MAVEN Project-related activities is provided.

The physician volunteers can be in any specialty including primary care, located anywhere in the US. In particular, I am looking for physician volunteers in:

Cardiology                                Dermatology

Endocrinology                          Family Practice

Gastroenterology                     Gynecology

Infectious Diseases                  Internal Medicine

Neurology                                 Oncology

Orthopaedics                           Pediatrics (General and Specialty)

Psychiatry                                 Pulmonology

Rheumatology                          Urology

Interested doctors can fill out a Physician Volunteer Inquiry Form on our website and of course, I would be happy to talk to anyone by phone or email directly. Feel free to contact me directly with any questions via email: <jeinstein@mavenproject.orgor mobile: 415-722-3638.

Jill Einstein, MD, Director of Physician Engagement
The MAVEN Project (Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network)
Volunteer physicians caring for underserved populations.

Contra Costa County Medical Reserve Corps - posted 10/3/17

Get involved in disaster preparedness and response. MD volunteers needed, especially emergency physicians, infectious disease specialists, and surgeons. Attend regular training meetings, also teach CPR and earthquake preparedness; mentor high school students interested in careers in health care; staff booths at runs/festivals/fairs, among other duties.

KP Cares.org
Retired physicians are invited to visit Kaiser Permanente’s volunteer website <www.kpcares.org>.  You can read stories about interesting volunteer projects without registering, but you must register in order to browse, sign up for, or ask questions about a project. 
Registered users can also post projects to attract new volunteers.

Become a volunteer reviewer - posted 1/7/17

HealthWebNav is a website that reviews medically-oriented websites. They are looking for medically-trained volunteers to become reviewers of websites. They have a short training course for reviewers. They send each reviewer a few websites to peruse and a review form to complete, requiring perhaps an hour or two per month. You can see the website at <www.healthwebnav.org>. Contact Rich Sagall MD; 978-281-6666; <richsagall@needymeds.org> 

RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul

We would like to invite you to join our VOLUNTEER team at the RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul located at 2210 Gladstone Dr, Pittsburg, CA, 94565. You don’t need to go overseas to serve the under-privileged and poor! 
We are serving uninsured adults with acute or chronic conditions in East Contra Costa County since opening in February 2011.  All malpractice insurance provided; fully licensed clinic. 

We are in need of Adult Medicine/Primary Care/ER Physicians to volunteer once per month or every other month, on Wednesdays from 4-8:00 p.m. and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon, in our fully equipped four exam-room clinic.  In addition to an on-site pharmacy, lab and diagnostic services are provided to patients free of charge. We even serve you dinner on Wednesday evenings.
Work alongside other dedicated volunteer Physicians, RNs, Social Workers, Pharmacists, Medical Translators, and a Site Administrator.  Our professional team provides a very high quality of care to our patients. 
Join our team and help bring quality health care to the poor and uninsured.

Volunteering your time and experience to our local community is priceless.

Here are a couple of other pertinent documents: <RotaCare_Pittsburg_flyer.pdf >, and <Supporting the Uninsured in Pittsburg _ InsideKP NCal.pdf>

Contact: Drea Riquelme <Pittsburg@Rotacarebayarea.org>; (925) 439-2009  <www.rotacarebayarea.org> - Get information about any of the 10 other Rotacare locations around the Bay Area


Experience Corps Bay Area (ECBA)  -  Help Guide the Next Generation of Bay Area Readers

ECBA is a national non-profit with a strong local presence in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley. An award-winning tutoring and mentoring program, ECBA is currently seeking volunteers ages 50 and older to become literacy tutors and mentors in kindergarten through third grade classrooms.

The unique experience and talent of older adults is the foundation of Experience Corps, so no prior tutoring experience is necessary, and on-going training is provided. Volunteers are asked to commit for the rest of the school year for a minimum of 4 hours/week, must possess a high school diploma or GED, and be willing to pass a criminal background check. 

"It has been a wonderful experience for me and my students, so much so that when I went back to work at Kaiser Oakland after retiring from private practice, I continued tutoring with the organization.” ~ Dr. Arnie Levine. 

If you are interested in this fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity, email Alexis Hawkins at ecba.today@gmail.com or call (415) 759-4223. To learn more about ECBA, please visit <www.experiencecorpsbayarea.org>


Rotary KinderPrep
KinderPrep is an multi-faceted project of Oakland Rotary Club that provides financial and physical assistance to kindergarten teachers and pupils. Volunteers participate in classroom reading to children, help with art projects, and serve as a second adult in a room of 20 or more five-year-olds, available to support the teacher. Volunteers are the face of Rotary KinderPrep in the classroom and 'present' donated items to the class, accompany sponsored field trips, and participate in a summer book giveaway. Volunteers also provide feedback to KinderPrep organizers.

KinderPrep is seeking classroom volunteers. Volunteering is very flexible - the teacher and the volunteer work out the schedule. We ask for a minimum of 4 hours monthly. It's a great opportunity to contribute to the education and welfare of our youngest community members.  It's also great fun and there is nothing better to get your mojo going than a group of energetic five year-olds. There is a thorough online and in-person vetting process.  

Here is a link to a pamphlet: KinderPrep pamphlet   

Contact: Peter Sherris MD MPH <psherris@mac.com>; 510-206-0548



MedShare is a local non-profit organization that collects, organizes and distributes surplus medical supplies to healthcare facilities serving the poor throughout the world. Use your medical knowledge to make a difference as a volunteer at MedShare. With its convenient location in San Leandro and free parking, MedShare makes it easy for you to get involved.  You can join in on regularly scheduled volunteer sessions at 9 AM to noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and 1-4 PM on Saturdays; or arrange to come in at other times.   The schedule is flexible…you decide how often and when you want to volunteer.  You may run into other people you know - there are several retired and active Kaiser Permanente doctors and nurses already volunteering with MedShare – but you’ll also be meeting and working with people of all ages from around the Bay Area.  If you’re interested...
Contact: Terry Monday  <tmonday@medshare.org>; <MedShare.org>


Red Cross

The Red Cross, serving Contra Costa, Solano, and Marin counties (at the least), needs volunteers for positions such as instructors in first aid and CPR programs, disaster responders, and liaisons to external agencies for disaster planning.

Contact: Eva Marquez, Volunteer Coordinator; (925) 603-7426 (p); (925) 980-6633 (c); <Eva.marquez@redcross.org>


Thesecondopinion is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which provides free second opinions to cancer patients in California both with respect to diagnosis and treatment. We consist of over 60 Bay Area volunteer physicians in active practice and retired. We meet as a panel three times a month reviewing 3 cases each session. The sessions resemble a Tumor Board with the patient and family present. Each panel consists of a medical oncologist, radiotherapist, pathologist, radiologist and surgical sub-specialists as needed. Malpractice insurance is provided by the organization to all participants. Patients are incredibly grateful for our service. All our discussion is patient driven; a letter to the attending physicians is generated.
You may read more about us at www.thesecondopinion.org The site also lists some of our current volunteer physicians including 20 active and retired TPMG physicians. If you are interested in volunteering please send me an email or call us at <howardkleckner@thesecondopinion.org> or 415-775-9956


Health Volunteers Overseas

Health Volunteers Overseas is an educational, non-profit organization dedicated to providing teaching and training to health professionals in developing countries. A current focus is on oncology, but there are also projects in primary care, child health, trauma and rehab, surgical care, and blood disorders. Please see the story by Dr. Jim Breivis on his experience in Bhutan in the Summer 2013 newsletter.

For the oncology programs below, volunteers must be appropriately trained and credentialed medical professionals who specialize in oncology. This includes physicians (medical, radiation, and surgical oncology), laboratory professionals, pharmacists, and nurses. Assignments range from 1 – 4 weeks. 

Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Hospital Escuela Universitario, Hospital San Felipe, and Cancer Center Emma Callejas
Work in five main categories: pathology, cancer control, staff seminars/workshops, curriculum development, and student and resident education. Housing is available at local hotels and/or guest houses.

Hue, Vietnam – Hue College of Medicine and Pharmacy
Assist in training physicians, surgeons, nurses, laboratory personnel, and other health providers in areas including clinical care of oncology patients, surgical training, guidance in developing immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry technologies, palliative care, and develop an infrastructure to deliver chemotherapy to outpatients. Possibly provide oncology lectures to medical students and/or residents, and train nurses in the management of oncology patients. Radiation oncologists must be comfortable with gamma knife technology. Housing is available at local hotels and/or guest houses.

Thimphu, Bhutan - Referral Hospital and the Royal Institute of Health Sciences
Medical oncologists, palliative care specialists, and oncology nurses are needed to participate in the daily activities on the oncology inpatient and outpatient unit with the emphasis on education and role modeling. In addition, volunteers will prepare lectures/presentations for the hospital staff about cancer-related topics. Housing is provided.

Capiata, Paraguay – Instituto Nacional de Cancer
Assist in developing diagnostic and treatment pathways for cervical and breast cancer, provide education, and work with residents to develop/strengthen their ability to initiate research projects and to explore regional and international educational opportunities. Housing is provided at the hospital or is available at local guest houses.

San Jose, Costa Rica – Hospital San Juan de Dios, Hospital de Mexico, Women’s Hospital
Present didactic lectures, participate in tumor boards, and accompany trainees on rounds. Provide training to oncology nurses, oncologists, and internists. 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Sihanouk Hospital
Help develop the first cervical cancer screening program in Cambodia. Train providers in cryotherapy and LEEP procedures, assist and train surgeons with gynecological surgeries such as hysterectomies, and oversee the development and quality of the pilot program at Sihanouk. Also possibly work at the women’s clinic and offer didactic teaching to general doctors-in-training at the hospital.

Contact: Max Ryan, Volunteer Coordinator
(202) 296-0928 <m.ryan@hvousa.org>



Tiba Foundation
Volunteer medical tours in Kenya - please visit <www.tibafoundation.org>, and also read Richard Godfrey's report that appears in the Winter 2014 newsletter.

Preventing Cervical Cancer - updated 2/26/18

Preventing Cervical Cancer is an international non-profit looking for volunteer physicians to travel with us to train clinicians in developing countries about the care and prevention of cervical cancer, a major killer of women in low resource areas.

Contact: <https://www.pincc.ngo/>.


Order of Malta Oakland Clinic

This is a free medical clinic functioning at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland

2121 Harrison Street; Oakland, CA 94612                                                                                                 (510) 587-3000


Lifelong Medical Care Health Services

This is a non-profit health clinic that needs licensed volunteer physicians to help out with primary care clinical duties as well as provide specialty consultation. Several locations in the East Bay.

Contact: Laura M. Miller, MD, Associate Medical Director
(510) 563-4300



Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement

Prescott-Joseph serves as a friendly, helping hand for the community of West Oakland. Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc. is a non-profit corporation organized in 1995 in the Prescott district of West Oakland. It evolved out of the conceptual scheme for the adaptive re-use of the former Saint Joseph's Convent (St. Patrick Convent) as a center for community services, education, culture and development in West Oakland. 

Contact: Washington Burns, MD, Executive Director
(510) 208-5651; <drburns@prescottjoseph.org>; Information


Clinic By The Bay

Interested in health care that values compassion, respect, and dignity for all?
We are looking for retired doctors to JOIN US!

Clinic By The Bay is a new, volunteer-powered, free health clinic for the working uninsured. Based upon the successful Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) model that engages retired healthcare professionals and community volunteers to provide high quality health care, we are located in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco.   Clinic by the Bay became the 82nd VIM clinic in the country on November 9, 2010.  We provide primary care services on Tuesdays 4 – 8 p.m. and Thursdays 2 – 6 p.m.  and plan to add more hours this summer.
Contact: Dr. Mary Ann Miner, Medical Director at <maryann@clinicbythebay.org>


Issa Trust Foundation

An opportunity for retired doctors, third-year pediatric residents, fellows, and attendings to volunteer in Jamaica. 
The Issa Trust Foundation works to serve the children of Jamaica and train local medical providers while providing opportunities for US-based medical professionals to experience a clinical care setting abroad and give freely of their time and expertise. 

Read blog entries of participants: <http://issatrustfoundation.com/blogs/>

Facebook:  <facebook.com/IssaTrustFoundation>

Contact: Diane Pollard, President and CEO
Issa Trust Foundation
2401 8th Street Court SW
Altoona, IA 50009
(515) 967-6335 home
(515) 480-1683 cell
Jamaica Cell phone when “in country” 876-503-5903