The Medical Section consists of lay health care workers providing education and services to empower clients to manage their health.

The Berkeley Free Clinic Medical Section provides acute primary care for the following concerns:

  • STI/HIV testing

  • Urinary Tract Infections

  • Pregnancy testing

  • Some skin rashes and concerns

  • Minor wounds and burns

  • Tuberculosis testing

  • Upper and Lower respiratory concerns

  • Ear concerns

  • Tetanus and flu vaccinations

All volunteers receive extensive training from the Medical Section to cover the range of concerns listed above.  The training takes place every Saturday and Sunday over a six month time period.  Training consists of learning about different disease conditions and clinical skills, as well as exploring social determinants of health.

The Medical Section requires a commitment of 1.5 years after a volunteer’s training is complete.

Applications to volunteer in the Medical Section are now closed. Please fill out the interest form HERE below if you would like to be contacted in the future about volunteering with the Medical Section.

All-Clinic Orientation

If you are interested in getting more info about volunteering, please attend an All-Clinic Orientation (ACO)! that takes place the third Monday of every month at 7:30PM. We will be there to answer any questions you have about the funding section and talk about your interests. Please note, it is requirement for all prospective volunteers (except GMHC administrative volunteers) to attend an ACO.

Medical Professionals Looking to Volunteer

The Medical Section operates with a network of “Shift Professionals” who volunteer on-shift or are contacted over the phone for consultation for the range of health concerns seen by the Medical Section.  If you are a doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant interested in volunteering as a shift professional, please email for more information. Thank you!