[MMA News Now, June 16, 2014] The MMA Foundation (MMAF) kicked off the pilot phase of its new Physician Volunteerism Program (PVP) this week with the launch of a new website for physician volunteers and others.
“PVP was created as a result of a survey of Minnesota physicians,” said Dennis Kelly, MMAF CEO. “We received a lot of enthusiastic support for the idea of creating a volunteer resource specifically for physicians.”
Nearly 70 percent of the 726 respondents indicated that they had already volunteered in some capacity during the last year, and more than 90 percent said they would volunteer if they could find the right opportunity. Respondents represented a range of specialties. Full-time, part-time and retired physicians were all represented in significant numbers, too.
After the physician survey, the MMAF staff interviewed and surveyed community clinics and found a need for volunteer physicians and a willingness to use the PVP as a resource to reach physician volunteers.
As part of the PVP’s pilot phase, the MMAF will test the concept, work out bugs, and discover the most effective ways to attract potential volunteers to the website. The pilot phase features volunteer positions for primary care and a selection of other specialties at a limited number of community clinic sites in the Twin Cities.
“With the learnings from the pilot phase, we will expand the program,” Kelly said. “We expect the PVP to grow into a statewide resource for physicians, community clinics and others.”
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