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Physician Volunteers

Senior Physicians remain active well after retirement. If you're interested in sharing your time and expertise, but aren't sure where to start, the opportunities provided below are a good starting place. (Many of the links listed below will take you off the AMA website. The AMA is not responsible for content of other websites.)

General Resources on Physician Volunteerism

Report of the Board of Trustees - Licensure and Liability for Senior Physician Volunteers

Volunteering Overseas Gives Physicians a Measure of Adventure and Altruism

Ethical Conduct of Humanitarian Medical Missions

A copy of the State Licensing & Liability Laws, updated in August 2014, is available upon request. Please sent an e-mail to sps@ama-assn.org if you are interested in receiving a copy.

Volunteer Opportunities

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) - advancing public health infastructures and emergency response in communities through local medical volunteers.

Headquartered in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, the MRC is a clearinghouse of information and best practices to help communities establish, implement and maintain community-based volunteer units nationwide. Established after the 2001 terrorist attacks, MRC volunteers in communities nationwide donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to local emergencies and to promote healthy living.

JAMA Career Center offers resources for physicians who are mapping career strategy and navigating professional transition points. A listing of volunteer medical opportunities are offered by country and specialties needed.

Volunteer Opportunities Overseas for Physicians - independent projects worldwide.

International Organizations serving the world in Health, Relief Efforts/Donations and Human Rights.

Health Volunteers Overseas - improving global health through education.

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM & R) Lanches Volunteerism Portal - Opportunities range for a need for residents to help out with pre-courses at the Assembly Meeting to a need for experienced members to mentor medical students.