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Overview

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.

Please note: At this time, this experience is available for FNP students currently in clinical.

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:
    • Triage
    • Observations
    • Perform histories and physical exams
    • Formulate diagnosis and treatment plans
    • Vaccinations
    • Point of care testing
    • Check out patients
    • Assist where needed
Requirements for all volunteers and patients at RAM:
  • Wear a mask at all times, regardless of vaccination statues
  • Answer screening questions upon entering the building
  • Temperature checks
  • Wear a wristband to identify clearance for entry into the building
  • Use proper PPE

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.

Lodging

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. 

Transportation

Drive

  • Carpool
  • Approximately 80 miles (1.5 hour drive) 

Estimated Expenses

  • Meals - $20-$40/travel day. RAM provides lunch on site. Additional meals are the responsibility of the student.
  • Transportation - Students contribute to gas cost for carpool.
  • The School of Nursing will provide a small stipend upon completion of the trip.   

How to Apply

Please submit the Global Health Experiences Application by 4:00 p.m. on August 13, 2021.

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