We have a group of core volunteers who are special to us.
Best Practices for Health Care Volunteers
Completion of our Best Practices cultural sensitivity and awareness training is a requirement to volunteer at PACH. Volunteers must complete before attending orientation and interacting with patients. Please click on the presentation and complete the quiz at the end. We take these matters seriously and hope you will too.
Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)
PACH is currently in the process of applying for malpractice coverage under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). The FTCA grants medical malpractice liability protection to qualifying free clinics. Under the Act, free clinic volunteers and employees are considered federal employees and are immune from lawsuits, with the federal government acting as their primary insurer. Eligible free clinics must submit an original deeming and annual renewal deeming applications to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC).
As such, we must assess the credentials of each volunteer, including employed, contracted, volunteers, and locum tenens (i.e., temporary) practitioners. Therefore, all volunteers are required to submit the following documentation prior to volunteering:
- Relevant education, training, experience (resume, CV)
- Diplomas (e.g., undergraduate, post-graduate, medical)
- Certificates (e.g. board certification, BLS, ACLS)
- Medical licenses (providers only)
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) number (if applicable)
- Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) registration (if applicable)
- Immunization and PPD status
- Life support training certification (as applicable)
- Delineation of clinical privileges (providers only)
- Government-issued picture identification
- Peer references