Volunteer Medical Providers

Heal Those Most In-Need

For more than 30 years, Church Health has provided quality, affordable health care to uninsured, underserved people in Shelby County – people who have nowhere to go when they are sick, injured or in need of routine wellness care. Our model of care is dependent on selfless, talented health care providers – like you – who volunteer to serve our patients.

“What has impressed me the most over the years [of volunteering at Church Health] is the staff – they have always done everything to make it easy to volunteer here. They care about the total welfare of the patients and the volunteers. It is so rewarding to come here and simply practice medicine.”

Dr. Thomas Motley

Volunteer since 1998

You are the heart of our mission – and we treat you that way.

We value your time, expertise and compassion and have created a rich volunteer experience that reflects our appreciation and respect for you.

We respect your time.

When you volunteer with Church Health, your choose your own schedule. Whether you choose to see patients in your private practice or at our clinic at Crosstown Concourse, we will accommodate your schedule!

There’s also no minimum – or maximum – amount of hours you are required to fulfill as a volunteer. Schedules are flexible and determined by you. Clinics are available during regular weekday hours, on evenings and on Saturday.

We honor your generosity.

As a Church Health volunteer provider, you will see only uninsured patients. Your service will make a profound difference in their life.

It’s rewarding.

For many of our volunteer providers, serving with us is a powerful way to get at “the heart of healing.”

All of the patients you will see are uninsured, and many are without the resources others take for granted – stable housing, access to healthful foods, a network of family or friends who will come to their side when they’re sick or in crisis.

Your service to these underserved patients will bring hope and healing.

We’ll make sure that you have everything you need to care for our patients. This includes medical assistants, electronic medical records support, scheduling and follow-up calls and fresh coffee.  

If you do not have your own malpractice or liability insurance, you can complete our SVMIC (State Medical Insurance Company) insurance application.  

“Church Health patients are always going to be the most grateful and thankful that you’re ever going to come across, and it’s a privilege to serve them.” Drs. Kay Jackson and Thomas Shelton

Volunteers since 2000

 “When I retired, I had a lot of extra time and I knew I wanted to volunteer. Church Health has such a great model of care and offers me a great way to give back.”

Dr. Orin Davidson

Volunteer since 2000

It’s a fulfilling way to make a difference during your retirement years.

Volunteering at Church Health is meaningful way to share your expertise and connect with both patients and up-and-coming health care leaders and providers.  

As a volunteer, you’re supported by Church Health’s dedicated clinical staff during each shift. Your scribe will typically be a member of the Church Health Scholar cohort, which consists of recent college graduates and aspiring medical professionals who spend their “gap year” before medical school working in our clinics.  

Volunteering with Church Health is a powerful way to impact tomorrow’s health care leaders.  

You can start right away.

Regardless of what type of medicine you practice, our patients are in need of your care and expertise today.

Primary Care Volunteers

If you are a primary care provider, you have the unique opportunity to serve individuals enrolled in the MEMPHIS Plan, Church Health’s health plan tailored to the specific needs of self-employed people and small businesses.

As a MEMPHIS Plan provider, you will you will have patients assigned to you, similar to an insurance panel. These patients will come to your office to be seen, within your normal patient schedule. You can choose how many patients you wish to have assigned to you. Currently, there are doctors volunteering to care for a range of 10-100 MEMPHIS Plan patients.

Patients’ lab work and diagnostic testing are covered by the MEMPHIS Plan, ordered directly from your office. Specialty referrals are handled by our MEMPHIS Plan office at your request. 

Specialty Care Volunteers

The following specialties are currently in particularly high demand: 

  • Dermatology
  • Nephrology
  • Endocrinology
  • Rheumatology
  • Neurosurgery
  • General and Minor surgery
  • Neurology
  • Anesthesiology (nerve blocks)
  • Pulmonology
  • Podiatry
  • Orthopedics

“It is always really nice to be able volunteer at Church Health. I see so many people struggling because of access to health care, and I’m glad Church Health is here. I don’t know what some people would do without it.”

Deede Wyatt, R.N.

Volunteer since 1994

I’m ready to serve!

To start, please complete the following survey. The Church Health volunteer team will contact you to ask a few questions, understand your availability and schedule an orientation. 

On behalf of Church Health patients and their families, thank you for your generosity and compassion. 

Church Health

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