Volunteer Roles

What Will I be Doing In Clinic?

What will you be doing during an IMR clinic? While every clinic is different depending on the condition of our patients and the volunteers that make up our teams, here are examples of some of the roles our volunteers play.

Medical/Dental Volunteers

Non-Medical Volunteers

  • Takes vital signs
  • Sets up and takes down area each day
  • Greets patients and gets them signed in
  • Collects patient health history and chief complaint
  • Sets up dental clinic area
  • Sets up sterilization area
  • Provides dental services – learn more »
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  • Helps set up and take down pharmacy each day
  • Checks patient weight
  • Uses patient record to determine whether the patient sees the medical or the well care provider
  • Sets up and takes down pharmacy daily
  • Processes scripts
  • Explains to patients how to use and store the medication
  • Sets up and takes down treatment area each day
  • Conducts physical exam based on patient’s chief complaint and medical record and makes diagnosis
  • Suggests treatment
  • Reviews health education and preventative measures with patient
  • Writes script if applicable
  • Sets up the community education area
  • Creates class schedule
  • Organizes attendees
  • Introduces the topic and the instructor
  • Organizes teaching aids and giveaways for each class
  • Sets up and takes down treatment area each day
  • Reviews any health concerns with patient
  • Conducts physical exam
  • Directs patient back to triage staff if something is noted that needs a medical care provider’s attention
  • Provides one-on-one health education (asks questions, offers tips based on the answers)
  • Writes nonprescription-based scripts (vitamins, antacids, analgesics, etc.)
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  • Helps to set up all clinic areas to gain familiarity with the clinic set up
  • Works with doctors and dentists to document noteworthy cases
  • Interviews patients about their experience in clinic
  • Takes photos
  • Interviews providers to gain information on significant or impactful cases

Join Us in Making a Difference.

Bring much-needed acute medical and dental care to a beautiful, culture-rich destination. You can join an IMR medical mission team today!