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The RAM program is a longstanding volunteer opportunity where health care professionals come together and work in a mobile clinic setting. The RAM organization sets up mobile medical centers at fairgrounds, schools and arenas in order to provide the underserved in impoverished areas in the United States with general medical, dental, vision and preventive care and education. This experience is only available to senior nursing students.

  • Dates: February 1-2, 2020
  • Place: Knoxville, TN [Chilhowee Park’s Jacob Building, 3301 E. Magnolia Ave., Knoxville, 37914]

This experience is coordinated with the UB School of Dental Medicine, which has a longstanding commitment to Remote Area Medical.   

Patients and Responsibilities

  • Patients arrive on a first come, first serve basis, and typically are without insurance and/or regular health care.
  • Nursing volunteers arrive at clinical site at 5:15 a.m. on both days.
  • Responsibilities of nursing volunteers are assigned by core volunteers and include:
    • Triaging patients
    • Obtaining health histories
    • Assisting in dental clinic
    • Assisting in other clinic areas

Travel and Expenses Information

Students are responsible for their expenses. Costs will include transportation and lodging with some meals provided. One independent study credit is required that will allow UB School of Nursing to provide insurance and supervision. You may be able to use financial aid to assist in covering your expenses; please see your financial aid advisor for assistance.


Hotel lists will be provided. Some hotels provide discounted lodging. Generally students will be expected to share four to reduce costs. Volunteers will be notified of hotel options after registration. 


Students are responsible for their own transportation, and should plan together how they will travel. SON will help to coordinate travel with the Dental School.


  • Average cost: $400-$500
  • Would need to rent a car


  • Carpool
  • Approximately 600 miles (9-10 hour drive) 

Estimated Expenses

  • Meals - $20-$40/travel day. Some meals provided.
  • Hotel - $89-$99+tax/fees (four students per room).
  • Transportation - Costs vary by mode of travel (i.e., car pooling, rental car expenses, and/or flights).    

How to Apply

Please submit the Global Health Experiences Application by December 20, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

After you have registered with our office, you will register as a volunteer on the Remote Area Medical USA website.