The work of the Maliheh Free Clinic depends on the dedicated professionals who donate their time and talent. The clinic allows them to participate in community service without the red tape of traditional healthcare. We need Doctors, Dentists, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Nurses, MAs, Radiologists, and other Health Care Professionals to participate with us in improving access to health care in our community. Please join us in making a difference in our community. Give the gift of your TIME!
Maliheh Free Clinic serves patients from diverse backgrounds, many of whom need assistance with communication. As an interpreter, you can make a lasting and significant difference in the life and health of our patients by allowing them to communicate with our team of health care professionals. If you are bilingual, please volunteer your skills to the Maliheh Free Clinic. We provide specialized training to our interpreters on medical terminology and protocols.
Every year dozens of students volunteer at the Maliheh Free Clinic, giving them an opportunity to perform valuable community service while gaining practical, hands-on training in health care. Opportunities for volunteer service at the clinic include – health education, resource access, research, medication assistance, general office assistance, and much more. We also provide internships for many students in need of service learning hours.
Utah ranks number one in the United States for volunteerism. Community members who want to make a difference provide many hours of support services to our medical team, and act as mentors to our students. Community volunteers help patients access other resources, assist with medication, and provide general office support. We are especially in need of regularly available volunteers for leadership opportunities.
VOLUNTEERS – FAQ
Do I need to be a doctor to volunteer?
NO – we love our volunteers with many backgrounds from all over the community. We need nurses, interpreters, CNA’s, EMT’s, social workers, dentists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and others. This includes retired folks and high school students; individuals and groups. There is always plenty of work to do!
The community at large is invaluable to Maliheh Free Clinic. Whether it is providing administrative support, helping as a translator, reading to children while they are waiting for a doctor, providing minor building repairs such as replacing burned out light bulbs, we always have the need for volunteers. If you feel you could help in some small way, please contact us.
What are the qualifications to be an interpreter?
To be an interpreter at the Clinic you need to be fluent in both English and another language. We have a special need for Spanish speakers but our patients speak many languages and come from many different places, so many languages are needed. You don’t need to know medical terminology – we can provide you with tools to help with that – but you do need to speak both languages fluently to interpret. If you aren’t sure your language skills are up to par, we can still use Spanish language learners to help answer phones and make reminder calls to patients while you get more comfortable with your second language skills.
What is the training like at the Maliheh Free Clinic?
On your first day at the clinic, you’ll receive an orientation that will fill you in on all our general policies, introduce you to our key staff, help you learn where things are and introduce you to our systems. Then you will receive several days working with a trainer in your specific job, making sure you are familiar with everything you need to know to be effective. We’ll also inform you about make you aware of our ongoing, regular training opportunities.
Can I get school credit/internship hours at the clinic?
Yes. Students are also an important part of our clinic and provide a much needed service. We accept students that are currently enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, physician assistant programs, as well as medical students. Our physicians enjoy working with students who have a desire to serve those in need. Please work through your school to arrange for these kinds of experiences.
We offer numerous volunteer opportunities for undergraduate students. Depending on their specific abilities and backgrounds, they may be asked to help triage patients, work in our Patient Assistance Program to obtain needed prescriptions for patients or help in our office. There are also a number of other projects that students work on throughout the clinic in order to improve patient care.
How often do I need to volunteer?
You can volunteer once a week or once a month–or whatever works with your schedule. Just let us know through our online scheduling program when you’ll be here, so we can plan. Some volunteer jobs require a more regular commitment because of the amount of training required for you to be successful. Our Volunteer Coordinator can help you figure out what is the best match for your skills and schedule.
I am a pre-med/ pre-pa student. Can you provide me with what I need for my school application?
We work with lots of students who need volunteer hours to get into medical school and other professional programs. We’ve talked with school advisors and others who have coached us on exactly what you need to meet the application requirements. We are happy to help you with volunteer hours and patient contact hours. Due to demand, shadowing is limited only to our most dedicated volunteers.
How many hours can I volunteer?
Volunteer hours are flexible and work around your schedule. Once you are trained, we’ll teach you how to sign into our online scheduling program to schedule your shifts. Our shifts are Monday – Friday, 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm or Wednesday evenings 4pm – 8pm.
VOLUNTEER MEDICAL PROVIDERS
We are always looking for trained medical professionals who are willing to donate their time and expertise in our clinic. Although primary care is our main focus, specialty care is also a very important part of the clinic and greatly enhances the level of care that we are able to provide to our patients. If you are either a primary care practitioner or a specialty care physician, we would love to meet you and figure out the most effective way to utilize your services.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
What kind of schedule will I need to work?
You’ll set your own schedule. Many of our medical providers volunteer weekly, but you tell us when you want to volunteer and we will work with your schedule. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, 9am – 4pm and Wednesday evenings until 8pm.
How many patients will I see?
You’ll tell us how many patients you would like to see. There are no billable hours to worry about, so you will have the opportunity to spend quality time with each of your patients without the pressure of reimbursement requirements.
Do I need to learn your billing and coding requirements?
As a free clinic, we don’t take patients with insurance – this means no billing, no coding, no insurance companies to deal with – just pure medicine.
What happens with my patients between my volunteer shifts?
The Maliheh Free Clinic has a physician/medical director who is responsible for follow up on labs and test results and who makes sure that medical services are available to your patient between your volunteer days.
What about my co-workers?
You’ll be working with a wonderful team of volunteer medical providers, both primary care and specialists. It’s fun to work with and learn from each other in a friendly, informal setting. There are volunteer nurses, interpreters, patient techs, office staff and others who are all here for the right reasons. No grouchy co-workers – people are here because they want to make a difference.
What about malpractice insurance?
Utah has one of the strongest “Good Samaritan Laws” in the country. Read more about the “Health Care Providers Immunity from Liability Act” here.
Will I have access to labs, diagnostic testing and other necessary resources to provide appropriate care for my patients?
At the Maliheh Free Clinic, we have access to full service labs, on-site X-ray and Ultrasound as well as to most specialty providers. All these are provided at no cost to the patient. Other radiology testing and specialty consults are available through Intermountain Healthcare at a minimal cost to the patient. Volunteers help your patients navigate the system to make sure they have access to all necessary testing.
How do my patients get access to medication?
Patient Assistance program volunteers will help your patients get access to no-cost medication through pharmaceutical manufacturers.