Dr. Jason Hall, current Duke Anesthesiology resident intern, was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal regarding his involvement with The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC). Free and Charitable Clinics are safety-net health care organizations that utilize a volunteer/staff model to provide a range of medical, dental, pharmacy, vision and/or behavioral health services to economically disadvantaged individuals.
Before attending medical school, Dr. Hall initially decided to volunteer for NAFC after watching an MSNBC segment featuring the non-profit. In an interview with commentator Keith Olbermann, the CEO of NAFC, Nicole Lamoureux, mentioned that the organization needed volunteers for their upcoming 2009 New Orleans clinic. “After I went to the first clinic, it was something that I realized I enjoyed doing,” said Dr. Hall. “It’s an opportunity to connect patients to care that they can afford. To me, it was an obvious opportunity to do good for patients.”
When first volunteering, Dr. Hall was assigned logistical and organizational roles, such as triage work for incoming patients. As his medical training advanced, he was assigned more medical responsibilities. “I’ve always been what they call a ‘Volunteer Captain’ after my first clinic,” noted Dr. Hall, referring to when he was put in charge of a pediatric pod at the Dallas clinic. “I’m always one of the question-and-answer people and make sure the clinic is moving and flowing.”
Since 2009, Dr. Hall has volunteered at four additional clinics over the years, including Charlotte, Madison, Kansas City, and Dallas. “Over the course of each clinic, there were definitely patients I encountered, where I came away from that day knowing I had an impact on someone,” he explained, when asked how these clinics have impacted him personally.
Dr. Hall will be returning to Dallas in April of this year and urges that anyone is welcome to join him. The Dallas clinic is looking for volunteers of all backgrounds, especially those who are multilingual. Click here for more information about The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and to learn more about future volunteer opportunities.