Medical Explorers

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Medical Explorers

Post # 647 

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Applications due: July 31st, 2019

Primary Application – New Explorer

Secondary Application – New Explorer*

Application – Returning Explorer

*New Explorers will only complete the Secondary Application if accepted into the program.

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About Medical Explorers 

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An Explorer assisting a physician during simulated surgery.

Medical Explorers Post #647 is an exciting program sponsored by the Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) through the “Learning for Life” Division of the Boy Scouts of America to provide health career hands-on education and leadership opportunities.

This program enrolls any high school/home school aged student interested in health care professions. The program allows teens to explore medical careers through interactions with health care professionals currently working in the field.

The program meets once a month for 2 hours, September through June each year. Applications are accepted May-July for the following school year.

Applications are available at www.piercecountymrc.org and are due no later than July 31, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year.  For more information and/or questions, please contact: Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps at 253-798-3566 or mrc@tpchd.org.

The student registration fee is $40 (scholarships available). 

The Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization of health professionals and other interested volunteers. It is sponsored by the Office of the Surgeon General. The MRC consists of medical and non-medical volunteers who contribute to local health initiatives, such as activities meeting the Surgeon General’s priorities for public health, and supplement existing response capabilities in time of emergency. The MRC provides the structure necessary to pre-identify, credential, train, and activate medical and public health volunteers.

The “Learning for Life” Division of the Boy Scouts of America offers education programs for youth and young adults across the Unites States. Medical Explorers is sponsored by Learning for Life and is open to private, public and home school students.  Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Local community organizations initiate an explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The program allows teens to explore medical careers through interactions with health care professionals currently working in the field. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop leadership skills.

The most popular Health Exploring careers include:

  • Nurse
  • Physician
  • Pharmacist
  • Veterinarian
  • Physical Therapists
  • Psychologists / Psychiatrists
  • Sports Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Home Health Care Aide

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Explorers discussing the anatomy and physiology of a human brain with a physician.

WHAT DO MEDICAL EXPLORERS DO?

Meet monthly, during the school year, to discover careers in health. Meetings are 2 hours, from 6 – 8 pm at select locations around Tacoma, WA.

WHAT ARE SOME BENEFITS TO JOINING?

  • Leadership development
  • Participation in practical, meaningful hands-on experiences
  • Gaining insight into future health related careers
  • Experiencing the benefits of community service
  • Supportive relationship building

 

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO BECOME AN EXPLORER?

  • Completion 9th grade & be 15 – 19 years old
  • Attends school and/or home school in S. King, Pierce, Thurston, or Kitsap Counties
  • Completion and submission of the application (see top of page)
  • Payment of the $40 membership fee (scholarships available)
  • Demonstrates an interest in exploring health careers
  • Exhibits responsibility and dependability

 

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

Attend the monthly meetings on the 2nd Monday of the month (2 hours) and complete 12 hours of volunteer service by the end of the year.

IS THIS GROUP JUST ABOUT MEDICINE?

No, Medical Explorers have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of health service careers.

WHAT’S THE DRESS CODE?

Members are given an exclusive Medical Explorers shirt, badge, and are to wear either khaki or dark colored slacks to all meetings and volunteer activities.

WHO SPONSORS MEDICAL EXPLORERS?

It is sponsored by the Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps, a nonprofit organization of medical and non-medical volunteers that “utilize dedicated volunteers to improve the health, preparedness, and emergency response capabilities in Pierce County.”