Medical Explorers Post #647 is an exciting program jointly sponsored by Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps (PC MRC) through “Learning for Life” Division of the Boy Scouts of America to provide health career hands-on educational 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 March through the end of July for the following school year.
Applications are available at www.piercecountymrc.org and are due no later than July 31, 2017 for the 2017-18 school year. For more information and/or questions, please contact: Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps at 253-798-3566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The student registration fee is $35. Students, when accepted, are required to attend the mandatory orientation meeting and attend monthly meetings. There will only be two unexcused absences permitted. Excused absences are approved by an advisor.
The Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps (PC MRC) is a non-profit organization of health professionals and other interested volunteers. It is sponsored by the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States. 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 teens ages 13-18 that have completed the eighth grade. Medical Explorers 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:
- Physical Therapists
- Psychologists / Psychiatrists
- Sports medicine
- Home Health Care Aide
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 Jackson Hall, across from Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma.
- Develop leadership skills
- Participate in practical, meaningful hands-on experiences
- Gain insight into future health related careers
- Experience benefits of community service
- Build supportive relationships
WHAT IS REQUIRED TO BECOME AN EXPLORER?
- Must have completed 8th grade & be 14 – 19 years old
- Attend school and/or home school in S. King, Pierce, Thurston, or Kitsap Counties
- Complete the required application and return to the Medical Explorer Coordinator
- Pay the membership fee of $35 for the year
- Show an interest in exploring health careers
- Be responsible and dependable
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
Attend the monthly meetings on the 2nd Monday of the month (2 hours). Complete 16 hours of volunteer service.
IS THIS GROUP JUST ABOUT MEDICINE?
Medical Explorers have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of health service careers.
IS THERE A 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 non-profit organization of health professionals and non-professionals who volunteer their time both in times of disaster and for public good.