VOLUNTEERS SERVING THE RI FREE CLINIC
The RI Free Clinic is able to carry out its mission based on the extraordinary efforts of our volunteers. Volunteers range from medical professionals who donate their time to the Clinic, to individuals who join us on the first Thursday of each month to help process new patients. Volunteers are our greatest asset and we are very much in their debt.
Under our volunteer provider community partnership model, medical services are provided by RI Free Clinic staff and a wide-ranging team of volunteer professionals from around the state, to include doctors, nurses, pharmacists and student trainees from major RI hospitals and institutions of higher learning.
Many of our volunteer doctors see Clinic patients in their own offices, allowing patients to receive medical services in their own communities.
Some of our volunteers are retired. Retired physicians, nurses and others are especially encouraged to apply and join our volunteer medical staff.
Due to liability restrictions, all volunteers must be age 18 or older.
We invite prospective volunteers to APPLY HERE.
If you are a provider interested in volunteering at the Clinic, please CLICK HERE.
Volunteers are needed in all of the following capacities:
The following volunteer providers are needed to provide critical health care to Clinic patients:
All medical providers for primary and specialty care including doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants
Mental health providers including licensed clinical social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, wellness coaches, nutritionists, and exercise instructors
For more information and to apply, please CLICK HERE
During a Check-In shift, volunteers will greet patients as they arrive. They will verify each patient’s demographic information, change the appointment status, and direct the patient to the waiting room. Volunteers will also be asked to check messages on the answering machine. This position allows volunteers to observe the administrative aspects of a clinic. It requires minimal training.
This position involves signing out patients, scheduling patients’ follow-up and new appointments, and completing lab work and referral forms. Volunteers have the benefit of direct patient contact as well as interaction with providers and medical assistant. It is a great way to gain experience working in a clinical setting. Additional training is required for this position.
As a medical recorder, volunteers will assist providers in note taking for patient appointments. Depending on the appointment type and provider preference, medical providers will either record in the exam room during the appointment or will record in the volunteer room after the appointment. Volunteers will interact with providers and will learn to use medical record keeping software. Additional training is required for this position.
This position involves translating for Spanish-speaking patients. Volunteers must be fluent in Spanish and English. However, they are not required to know complex medical terminology. Volunteers will have direct patient interaction and will be with patients and providers in clinic rooms. This position allows volunteers to shadow providers as well as interact with patients.
The prescription assistance program provides free or low cost prescription drugs to patients who cannot afford them. This position involves dispensing medication to patients, assisting in the application process for new medication and refills, and conducting inventory for incoming medication. Volunteers will be exposed to both the administrative and case-management aspects of a clinic.
If you are a current volunteer and are looking to sign up or view your shifts, please CLICK HERE.