Committee on Senior Volunteer Physicians

Senior Volunteer PhysiciansUtilizes the experience and skills of retired physicians to address common interests and community needs on a voluntary, part-time basis. This committee meets 5 times a year on Wednesday evenings.

The Physician Volunteer

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Medical School Volunteer Opportunity

The Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) is seeking physicians to volunteer as facilitators for the Integrated Programs (IP) course this winter, between January and March 2017. The IP course is required for second-year medical students. Physicians volunteering as course facilitators are integral to this small-group, problem-based learning course.

The facilitator position is an opportunity to help guide the students to make correct diagnoses as they integrate information from other classes and independent study groups. The facilitators guide and answer questions as needed; however they are not teachers in the traditional sense. Share your valuable medical experience and expertise in developing the students’ clinical reasoning skills. The volunteer meets at BUSM with small groups of six to eight students for two hours each week for the winter semester.

The class starts the first week of January and the last session is the first week in March. There is no class during the week of February 20. The class meets on either Wednesdays or Thursdays from 1:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m. The volunteer can select the day. Please be committed to the same day every week.

If interested or you have questions, please contact Megan Young, MD, at or 617-780-9535. Dr. Young is the Assistant Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics Assistant Dean, Office of Student Affairs Course Director, Integrated Problems. 

2016 Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year

Dr. Jeffrey W. BlakeThe Committee on Senior Volunteer Physicians is pleased to announce that Jeffrey W. Blake, M.D. of Sheffield has been selected to receive the 2016 Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year Award. Dr. Blake is a founding member of Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Berkshires. He has been instrumental in the growth of the program as well as contributing many volunteer hours to direct patient care. Read the news release

Senior Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients

Free Health Care Centers

A number of MMS members volunteer their time at Free Health Care Centers around the state. Click here to see a listing of Free Care Centers in Massachusetts.

Worcester Free Clinic Coalition

There is a clinic each weeknight (Monday- Thursday) from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm. Physicians can volunteer as often or as infrequently as they would like – many of the current volunteers choose to volunteer monthly or quarterly. Read more »

A Classroom Opportunity for Physicians

RE-SEED* is a program for retired scientists and engineers who are interested in supporting K-12 teachers in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). If you are interested in volunteering with an elementary, middle or high school teacher to improve the quality of education in your community, RE-SEED is the program for you! There will be a training session for any interested participants in September (dates TBD). For more information, please visit the RE-SEED website at:

Sign up for the training session or to receive more information here:

*Retirees Enhancing Science Education through Experiments and Demonstrations

Committee Members
Helen E. Cajigas, Norfolk, Chair
Richard B. Wolk, Middlesex West, Vice Chair 
Dea F. Angiolillo, Charles River
Donald M. Bachman, Middlesex West
David J. Bechtel, Middlesex West
Monika Berg, Middlesex West
Sadhna R. Bhatia, Middlesex West
Virginia E. Byrnes, Norfolk South
Francisco Javier Diaz Diaz, Worcester
Burton G. Mandel, Middlesex
Leslie P. Shaff, Suffolk
Nancy S. Slater, Middlesex
Benjamin I. Smolenski, Barnstable
Rajendra M. Trivedi, Middlesex

Resident and Fellow:

Medical Students:
Member: Steven Young, Suffolk

Alliance Liaisons:
Member: Elisa Chan

Robert M. Giasi, Worcester

MMS Staff Liaison
Chew-Hoong Koh (

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