Physician Volunteerism Program
Interested in improving access to health care in underserved communities? Volunteer opportunities with a Minnesota focus are available.
The Physician Volunteerism Program (PVP) is a resource to connect physicians with volunteer opportunities in medically underserved communities across Minnesota.
Today, more than 450 physician volunteers and 14 clinics are in the program. More organizations are preparing to come on board, and those volunteer opportunities will be posted on this page as they become available.
Each clinic, each organization, each opportunity is different. Most physicians already active in PVP provide medical services at safety net clinics and free clinics, often to people with no health insurance.
“Volunteering feels like practicing medicine for all the right reasons, good old-fashioned patient care with the emphasis taken off the business and administrative concerns of health care. I think it's the reason most of us chose to practice medicine in the first place. Volunteering has a way of renewing your joy and enthusiasm for practicing medicine.” – PVP Volunteer Dave Dvorak, MD
The Physician Volunteerism Program (PVP) was developed in 2015 after a survey of Minnesota physicians revealed that 92 percent of respondents are interested in volunteering if they can find the right opportunity.! The Minnesota Medical Foundation launched the program as part of its commitment to empower physicians and communities to open doors and close gaps in health for all Minnesotans.
Today, the PVP is funded through generous grants from the Otto Bremer Trust, the Saint Paul Foundation, the F.R. Bigelow Foundation, the Hardenbergh Foundation, Edwards Charitable Trust, and others.
To Volunteer or Learn More about How You Can Help
To learn more about PVP or to receive regular updates by email, click here and press send. You can also contact Kristen Gloege, MMA Foundation CEO at: 612-362-3742 or 612-599-1921.
If you are already in the PVP network, review the possibilities below, then contact the organization(s) directly - to volunteer or to get more information.
Your volunteer future awaits!
Project H.E.A.L. (Health, Education, Access, Link) is an outreach program of CentraCare Family Health Center. Its goal is to overcome the barriers to health care for the under-served population of Central Minnesota — barriers of transportation, inadequate or lack of insurance, financial resources for co-payments and medications, language and culture.
Phillips Neighborhood Clinic
About the Clinic: The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic (PNC) in Minneapolis, MN is a multidisciplinary, student-run, healthcare clinic associated with the University of Minnesota. The clinic serves traditionally underserved communities in South Minneapolis; and, provides free access to quality healthcare services including physical exams, pediatric well checks, medication therapy management, a dispensing pharmacy, nutrition services, physical therapy services, mental health services, law consultation, and specialty night services.
Physician Preceptor Volunteer Opportunities at the Clinic: Enthusiastic medical preceptors are critical to the success of the PNC. Preceptors work with a team of students from the University of Minnesota’s Medical School as well as students from the schools of Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Nursing, Public Health and Social Services. These students coordinate and follow every aspect of the patient’s care in the clinic. The medical preceptor’s role in the patient visit is to provide medical guidance and teaching to the student medical staff throughout the history, physical exam, assessment, and plan of each patient. Preceptors are also responsible for reviewing and signing the notes written by the healthcare team in the EMR (EPIC), writing prescriptions, and signing the patient’s visit summary to ensure that all orders were completed and reviewed.
Volunteer Commitment: A medical preceptor’s volunteer time commitment is up to the individual; on average, most preceptors decide to volunteer about once monthly. Some preceptors volunteer weekly and others once a semester. Residents volunteering through their residency program often volunteer 1-2 times weekly for a month-long rotation.
Clinic Location: The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic is located at 2742 - 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Clinic Hours: The clinic is open from 6:00 pm–9:00 pm on Monday and Thursday evenings, with medical preceptors staying until approximately 10:00pm.
To Volunteer: Preceptors must complete the application form (unless employed by the UMP) and provide proof of all required materials and licensing, including liability insurance that covers the PNC. Both attending physicians and residents in Minnesota are eligible to apply.
If you are interested in volunteering with the PNC as a medical preceptor, or to arrange a visit to visit the clinic and discuss the opportunity, please e-mail Jason Sakizadeh, Medical Preceptor Coordinator, Phillips Neighborhood Clinic.
Family Tree Clinic
Founded in 1971, Family Tree has been a leading, community-based, reproductive justice focused, client-centered nonprofit health and education center. Our mission is to cultivate a healthy community through comprehensive sexual health care and education.
Physician specialties needed: We provide reproductive health care, including long acting reversible contraception and colposcopy. We also provide medical care for gender transition, including prescribing of hormones.
Non-clinical physician role(s) needed: We can always use data and analytics skills, research and evaluation, and care coordination.
Time commitment: 4 hours a week or 4 hours every other week
Hours: Mondays 8am-8pm, Tuesdays 8am-5pm, Wednesdays 8am-8pm, Thursdays 8am-5pm, Closed Fridays, Saturdays 10am-2pm, Closed Sundays
- Current MD license to practice in the State of Minnesota
- Current, unrestricted DEA certificate
- Board Certification in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, or OB/GYN preferred
- Experience and interest in sexual health, including contraception and sexually transmitted infections
- Interest and/or experience in colposcopy and transgender health (especially provision of hormones) desired
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Professional liability insurance: Physician slot coverage can be provided by Family Tree.
Medical Records: NextGen
Contact: Alissa Light, Executive Director
Annex Teen Clinic
The Annex Teen Clinic is a sexual health clinic serving young people through age 25 with education and clinical services. We’ve served the community as a valuable, trustworthy source for healthcare and education since 1971.
Physician specialties needed: ObGyn, women’s health, adolescent health, family medicine
Time commitment: Flexible, but generally 4-20 hours per month
Hours: M 1-7, T 1-7, W 10-5, Th 10-7, F 11-4
Requirements: Must be committed to providing non-judgmental, LGBTQ-affirming, sex positive care to adolescents and young adults. Interest and commitment to community health and reproductive justice is also a must.
Professional liability insurance: Provided by Annex Teen Clinic
Medical Records: NextGen EMR
Director of Clinical Services and Operations
Scenic Rivers Health Services
Big Falls, Northome, Big Fork, Cook, Tower, Floodwood - MN
Scenic Rivers Health Services is a Community Health Center and a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides medical, dental, and behavioral health services in the northern Minnesota communities of Big Falls, Northome, Big Fork, Cook, Tower, and Floodwood.
The organization is associated with critical access hospitals in Cook and Bigfork so it is able to provide patient care 24-hours-a-day.
Mission: Our mission is to provide medical, dental and behavioral health services in a remote, rural area of northern Minnesota. We recognize that our patients are the reason we are here, and we know it’s our job to keep our rural communities healthy.
Physician specialties needed: Family Practice and Emergency Medicine
Time commitment: Volunteers will be asked to work enough time to merit the credentialing process. Call to discuss.
Red Wing, MN
C.A.R.E. Clinic is a FREE clinic serving uninsured and low-income residents of Goodhue County and Lake City, Minnesota.
Our mission is to improve the clinical overall health of the Community by providing health care Access, connecting Resources and promoting health Education to uninsured individuals who are unable to afford health care. C.A.R.E. Clinic strives to meet the diverse needs of patients, while not duplicating services offered elsewhere in the community.
Physician specialties needed: Family Medicine, Ophthalmology, OB/GYN, Orthopedics, and others.
Time commitment: Tuesday evenings, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Regular shifts could be scheduled, monthly, or even quarterly, and could begin as late as 6:00 p.m.
Planned Parenthood is passionate about three things: expert sexual and reproductive health care, education, and advocacy. We’ve been helping people of all ages for generations.
Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota is not actively looking for volunteers to give their time as physicians, though physicians are welcome of course to consider and apply for any of our other volunteer positions, always viewable here.
If you want to specifically donate your medical skills, Planned Parenthood generally handles those inquiries on a case-by-case basis depending upon the volunteer’s interests, availability, and our capacity to bring on a volunteer physician.
To inquire, contact:
Volunteer Opportunities Available for Physicians on State Boards
The Minnesota Secretary of State's office is looking for Minnesota physicians to sit on several medicine-oriented boards. Read more here
St. Mary's Health Clinics
St. Mary’s Health Clinics provides free medical care, outreach and education to low-income, uninsured families and individuals who are not eligible for government programs. SMHC was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, (www.csjstpaul.org) upon the belief that healthcare is a basic human right. SMHC works with hundreds of compassionate, caring, and gifted volunteers. SMHC also conducts health promotion, health screening, health education, and outreach in collaboration with community organizations and advocates for healthcare as a basic human right while assisting low-income people to find affordable healthcare coverage.
SMHC provides direct care to uninsured and underinsured within the Twin Cities metropolitan area at community-based clinics. These clinics are located in spaces donated by churches, schools, and community centers in the metropolitan area.
The volunteer physician provides comprehensive primary medical care to both well and ill patients, manages and directs care in collaboration with the clinic health care team, and facilitates referrals to providers and facilities outside St. Mary’s Health Clinics. Physicians must have a current Minnesota MD/NP license, as required by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.
Non-physician volunteers are also needed including nurse practitioners, nurses, admissions-front desk, interpreters (primarily Spanish), and clinic office help.
Most volunteers serve 1 to 4 times per month.
Minnesota Community Cares
As Minnesota's largest Federally Qualified Health Center, Minnesota Community Cares ensures that the communities we serve have access to high quality and affordable health care. Services are provided regardless of a patient's ability to pay.
Minnesota Community Cares also has a strong history of working with physician volunteers, and has the capacity to provide proper training and support for those interested in being a part of our clinics.
Our Mission: Strengthening the well-being of our community through health care for all.
Our Vision: We envision a community in which all people have access to exceptional, comprehensive health care and are living healthy lives. West Side Community Health Services is the leader in delivering affordable health care by being the provider of choice, driven by compassion and respect for all.
Physician specialties needed: We are in need of most specialty physician volunteers. Some areas of greater need include orthopedics, nephrology, dermatology, psychiatry and cardiology. We are also looking for practitioners skilled in ultrasound services.
Time commitment: Volunteers would be asked to work a minimum of 4-8 hours per month.
Twin Cities Medical Society: Shadow a Physician Program
The Twin Cities Medical Society (TCMS) serves as the local voice of medicine and represents 4,000 physicians living and/or practicing in the 7-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. The mission of the Twin Cities Medical Society is to connect, represent and engage physicians in improving clinical practice, policy development and public health initiatives..
The Shadow a Physician Program engages physicians in all specialties.
Time commitment: Though no specific time commitment is required, a minimum of one-half day is recommended to allow for students to get an exposure to and understanding of the particular specialty and get a sense of the day-to-day activities.
Southside Community Health Services
Southside Community Health Services (SCHS) is a Federally Qualified Health Center that exists to serve the community by offering patient focused, friendly, high quality and comprehensive medical care. We strive to provide fiscally responsible health services in an environment that fosters learning and respect, and inspires excellence in our staff. It does this through collaboration, empowerment, and communication with patients with the goal of improving their health.
Physician specialties needed:
We are in need of Family Practice MD volunteers to see patients at our Minneapolis location and serve as resources to our Nurse Practitioners, many of whom are within their first year out of training. We are also in need of Cardiology, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology and Neurology MD volunteers to see patients at our Minneapolis location and serve as resources to our providers.
Time commitment:Volunteers would be asked to work a minimum of 4-8 hours per month.
Faribault, Dundas, Northfield
HealthFinders Collaborative provides primary medical and dental care, patient advocacy and wellness programs to people in Rice County who have limited healthcare alternatives. Our clinics are staffed by volunteer providers, nurses, interpreters and receptionists. We are committed to health care that accessible, affordable, culturally appropriate and of high quality.
Physician specialties needed: Family medicine, mainly for adults. Possibly interested in adding counseling.
Open Door Health Center
Marshall and Worthington
Open Door Health Center is an independent non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that strives to increase access to quality, affordable, culturally appropriate health care by offering patient-centered medical, dental, and behavioral health services.
Physician specialties needed: Family physicians, Nephrology, Urology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Podiatry, Pulmonology.
Hadi Medical Clinic
Hadi Medical Clinic provides free consultations and follow ups for the uninsured and inadequately insured.
Physician specialties needed: Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Endocrinology. We are also in need of NPs and PAs.
NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center
NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center is a multi-specialty medical, dental and mental health center and human service agency located in North Minneapolis.
Physician specialties needed: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN and Pediatrics. Our needs would mostly be for urgent or same day sorts of problems and generally would not develop a primary care panel.
People’s Center Health Services
People’s Center is a safety net health center, offering the full continuum of care from primary care to behavioral and oral health services regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. As an FQHC, People’s Center serves predominantly East African immigrants and 51% of our patients are better served in language other than English.
Physician specialties needed: Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Behavioral Health, Orthopedics or other specialist with significant ortho experience, OB/GYN, ophthalmology, hepatology.
The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic
The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic’s mission is threefold:
- We will increase accessibility of comprehensive, patient-centered, quality health services to patients with unmet needs.
- We will develop compassionate, culturally competent future health professionals in an interprofessional, team-based learning environment.
- We will support community partnerships and promote overall health and well-being in the communities we serve.
Physician specialties needed: Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care. Our patient population’s needs primarily involve acute care and chronic care.
Neighborhood HealthSource is a federally qualified health center providing care for low income, uninsured and under-insured at three north Minneapolis clinics.
Physician specialties needed: Neighborhood HealthSource is looking for family and general internal medicine physicians. Other specialties are welcome (dermatology, endocrinology, neurology, etc.). Weekly and monthly positions available. We prefer a commitment of at least two half days a month. The clinic offers variable, four or eight hour shifts, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and partial shifts on two weekday evenings.
Open Cities Health Center
Open Cities Health Center is a federally qualified health center providing care for members of the low income community.
Physician specialties needed: Open Cities Health Center is looking for a variety of physicians and doctors including: family physicians, pediatricians, behavioral health specialists, ophthalmologists and podiatrists.
The clinic is looking for volunteers to work nine half day clinics a month. Each volunteer can work as few as one or two half days a month.
FAQ’s for Interested Physicians
Questions about malpractice insurance? Credentialing? Others? Click here for facts about PVP.
FAQ's for Clinics and Other Organizations
Questions about malpractice insurance for volunteers? Volunteer Health Care Providers Registration? How does PVP work? Click here for facts about PVP for clinics and other organizations.
Volunteers in Action
- Interview with PVP Volunteer Dave Dvorak, MD
- Ophthalmologist, MMA Member Wins Humanitarian Award
On June 7, MMA member James A. Garrity, MD, received the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology's 2017 George T. Tani, MD, Humanitarian Award, which is given annually to an MAO member who demonstrates a pattern of humanitarian service involving charitable activities, indigent care and community service. Garrity founded and directs a monthly eye care clinic for people without insurance at the Rochester Salvation Army. He practices oculoplastics and neuro-ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic.
If you do not find a volunteer opportunity here that meets your interests, if you have other ideas, or your organization has volunteer opportunities for physicians, contact Kristen Gloege at the MMAF or call 612-362-3742 or 612-599-1921.
Support the Physician Volunteerism Program
The Physician Volunteerism Program, and all the work of the MMA Foundation, is made possible by the generous financial support of individual physicians and organizations like the Otto Bremer Trust, the Saint Paul Foundation, the F.R. Bigelow Foundation, the Hardenbergh Foundation, Edwards Charitable Trust, and others. Thank you.
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