Don't worry, what can seem like a hectic event will actually be very straightforward for volunteers. Simply sign up, show up, and be ready to help Oklahomans with medical, dental or vision needs. Once you sign up, we will contact you with general details at a later date. Or, if you have questions, simply contact us.
Yes, RAM will need hundreds of non-medical volunteers to help with entrance and exit processes for patients, as well as other projects.
Yes, although your duties at the event will depend on your degree program and your status in it.
No, patients will sign waivers and volunteers will be covered under Oklahoma's “Volunteer Professional Services Immunity Act.” However, health professionals must abide by appropriate scope-of-practice limitations.
You will need to bring at least a COPY of your license with you to sign-in for volunteering.
Yes, RAM is suggesting volunteers sign up for at least one full day shift. Care will be provided from 6 a.m. each day until late afternoon, but volunteer hours are very flexible. If you can only work four hours, that is better than zero hours.
Yes, please e-mail Tres Savage, RAM Oklahoma Coordinator, at Savage@ramok.org or direct them to this Web site.
No, all volunteers will be fed breakfast, lunch and snacks for their service.
Yes, there will be security.
Yes, please refer to our “Out-of-state volunteers” page for information about getting your “Special Volunteer License” in Oklahoma.
Volunteers will begin providing care around 6 a.m. each day. Many patients will arrive at the fairgrounds to receive their numbers several hours prior. (Once you receive a number, you cannot leave the area without forfeiting that number.)
Follow this link for maps and directions to the Oklahoma Expo Hall at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.
Patients will have the ability to choose either dental, vision, physician or women's services care. Dental patients can receive cleanings, fillings or extractions. Vision patients will receive an eye examination and will have a pair of glasses made on site, if prescribed. A limited number of mammograms and pap tests will be offered to women. General physicians will be able to conduct physicals and run a limited number of lab tests, if necessary.
No. Unfortunately, the procedures are too time-consuming for this event.
In an effort to provide as many patients with care as possible, patients will have to chose a primary service to receive first. If possible, patients will be able to get back in line to receive a second type of service. (RAM triage assistants may require patients seeking dental or vision care to be examined by a physician first.)
No. RAM patients are seen first-come first-served regardless of income or immigration status. However, patients will have the opportunity to be screened for Medicaid eligibility, which could help meet their future health care needs.
No. Some snacks will be available to diabetics and children, but patients should come prepared to wait several hours for care at the event. Water and restrooms will be provided.
Hot! This event will take place in August in Oklahoma. All possible effort will be made to keep waiting patients cool, but RAM recommends patients bring water bottles, squirt bottles, coolers, fans, etc. Please be extra cautious.