What is a Medical Brigade?
A Medical Brigade is a 7-9 day volunteer opportunity for students interested in healthcare to take part in a mobile medical clinic in a developing country. Student volunteers will shadow local Doctors during patient consultations, support in medicine distribution within the pharmacy, and lead health education workshops.
Medical Brigades provides aspiring healthcare professionals with the ability to gain experience in a medical clinic setting , while making a tangible impact in global health.
Station 1: Intake
After traveling for several hours or even days by foot or transportation, community members wait in line for the first station, which is intake.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with community volunteers to log the date of visit and patients’ name, age, gender and community residence. All of this information is documented into our electronic medical record system, Open MRS, which is hosted on a local server at the medical clinic so that the other stations can access the information.
Station 2: Triage
Volunteers will work with translators to record the following information for each patient, which will assist the healthcare professionals in diagnosis.
- Patient vitals, such as blood pressure and temperature
- Family history
- Chief complaints
Station 3: Consultation
Volunteers will shadow a licensed healthcare professional as they consult with patients. The licensed doctor will ask the patient additional questions and then diagnosis the patient and prescribe any necessary medications. During shadowing, the volunteer will have the opportunity to ask the doctor questions as well as assist the doctor in transcribing the information into the electronic medical records system.
Station 4: Dental
All Medical Brigades are encouraged to recruit Dentists and volunteers interested in Dentistry in order to host a Dental station. At the Dental station, licensed Dentists will perform fluoride treatments and cleanings, as well as tooth extractions. Volunteers have the opportunity to shadow during these procedures and ask questions. Volunteers may also have the chance to assist children in learning proper teeth brushing techniques.
Station 5: Extra Stations
Medical Brigades are encouraged to recruit healthcare professionals and bring supplies for additional specialty stations, such as:
- Physical Therapy
Station 6: Prescription Drop-Off
All patients will be given a prescription slip to drop off at the pharmacy station. Even patients that do not have any major illnesses will still be prescribed with vitamins. At the pharmacy station, volunteers will have the opportunity to sort medications and fill prescriptions under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
Station 7: Public Health Education
While patients’ prescriptions are being filled, they will received public health education in the following topics:
- Dental Care
- Understanding Personal Health
- Preventative Care
Topics that are taught to children are lead by student volunteers, whereas adult topics are led by community members.
Station 8: Prescription Drop-Off
After a prescription fulfillment has been reviewed by the licensed pharmacist on staff, Spanish speaking volunteers will have the opportunity to provide the following prescription information with patients:
- Types of medications
- Dosage amounts
- Directions for medication usage
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