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|Physician Volunteer Roles/Definitions|
Members have a variety of volunteer opportunities to support colleagues , DOs in training, and pre-med students.
There are also volunteer opportunities for members at OPSC events.
Ambassador: [volunteer] An ambassador is an official representative of OPSC. The role of ambassador is a very distinguished one; he/she is responsible for welcoming and orienting new members to the association. An ambassador must be up-to-date on issues involving the association and be able to impart this knowledge to new members. They must be knowledgeable about what the best interests of the association/profession are, and what their goals should be when engaging in discussions with new members.
Key Contact: [volunteer] Key Contacts are the heart of advocacy efforts for the osteopathic profession. Key Contacts provide the most direct route for interaction with local legislators on issues of importance to the profession and enable DOs to play a "hands-on" role in shaping the future environment for the practice of osteopathic medicine in California.
Mentor: [volunteer] The guidance of a mentor can be irreplaceable in the development of aspiring medical students and residents. By imparting advice that only comes with experience, you can help define the next generation of great osteopathic physicians in California!
A ideal mentor should:
As a mentor you may select your level of involvement. Please select one of the “Availability” options on the volunteer form” when completing your application.
Preceptor: [volunteer] A preceptor is an experienced practitioner who facilitates clinical learning to medical student and staff learners. A preceptor works with the learner to help achieve the clinical acumen and competency required for safe, ethical and quality practice. Preceptor must be recognized and approved by the associated osteopathic medical school and thus require formal affiliation in order to participate.
Shadowing: [volunteer] Physicians who allow students to shadow are knowledgeable, supportive individuals who provide information and guidance to pre-med students who are contemplating a career in osteopathic medicine. The role of the advisor is to allow the student to observe a "typical" day in the practice to better understand the physician's scope of practice, patient interaction and role in an integrated healthcare system. Premed students often seek a shadowing experience in order to obtain a letter of recommendation for their application to osteopathic medical schools.
OMT Educator: [volunteer] To maintain the continued value of the Osteopathic Diagnosis and Treatment Education sessions at our Annual Conventions and Fall Conferences, OPSC is looking for DOs with strong OMT skills to volunteer 1-2 hours of their time during those events to demonstrate and discuss manipulation techniques with their fellow DOs. We encourage you to help continue our osteopathic traditions and legacy through osteopathic treatment
education of DOs.
According to a 2013 Health and Volunteering Study conducted by UnitedHealth Group, “doing good is good for you”. Volunteers report that they:
To learn more, please visit www.unitedhealthgroup.com