VFC CLINICAL ASSISTING
Please note that this Project is not open for recruitment through MESH. If you are interested in becoming a Clinic Assistant, you must first be accepted into Project Venice and serve as a general volunteer with Venice Family Clinic. If you have any questions, please contact us.
WHAT DO WE DO?
Venice Family Clinic provides affordable healthcare for low-income, uninsured and homeless populations. Clinic Assistants have the opportunity to work with Venice Family Clinic patients directly and are paired up with doctors and medical assistants. During our weekly shifts at Venice Family Clinic, we are responsible for interviewing patients, taking vital signs and recording them in charts, explaining health education materials, assisting doctors, and helping patients to exam rooms.
WHY IS OUR WORK IMPORTANT?
Venice Family Clinic provides more than 106,000 primary care, specialty care, mental health, dental, and health education visits annually. All services – including diagnosis, treatment, medications, follow-up care, and laboratory tests – are provided free of charge. Particular emphasis is placed on the needs of women, children, the homeless, and those with chronic diseases. Clinic Assistant volunteers are responsible improving the patient experience, by giving patients undivided attention and treating each patient with respect, dignity, and compassion. Clinic Assistant volunteers help to enable the providers to see patients in a timely manner by taking preliminary health information and vital signs, performing clinical screenings, facilitating patient flow, and helping to ensure that all work-up and exam rooms clean and well-stocked.
WHAT DO OUR MEMBERS GAIN FROM THIS EXPERIENCE?
The Clinic Assistant program offers a unique and dynamic opportunity for volunteers to directly engage in the clinical care for VFC patients. Clinic Assistant volunteers are entrusted with a high level of responsibility, and are expected to uphold the highest standards of patient care practices. Volunteers are trained on the basics of patient care, how to conduct all required clinical screenings, how to enter patient information into the electronic health records system, and more! As part of the Clinic Assistant program volunteers are expected to maintain high-standards of consistency, clinical competence, personal accountability, and professionalism.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Position: Clinical Assisting Director
Year: 4th Year
Major: Physiological Science
Short blurb: I am so excited to help Clinic Assistants directly engage with patients and cultivate an environment of respect, dignity and compassion. I am passionate about fighting health inequality, and I aspire to be a pediatrician one day. You can find me teaching peer learning sessions in Campbell Hall, chasing around kids or chugging iced coffee in my spare time.