Medical Advocate Volunteers

Medical Advocates are trained volunteers from the MSU Center for Survivors, who meet survivors at the Sexual Assault Healthcare Program to provide in-person crisis intervention, support services, and accompaniment throughout the medical-forensic exam. Medical Advocates provide critical resources, information, referrals, and linkage to follow up care and ongoing supportive services. Medical Advocates work effectively alongside other providers such as medical staff, social workers, and law enforcement.

Medical Advocate volunteers are part of the overall Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention (SACI) Volunteer Team, and they receive additional training and support for this unique, in-person, volunteer role.

Medical Advocate Volunteer Requirements:

  • Meet the core requirements for all SACI Volunteers learn more here including completing an application, background check, and interview.
  • Complete the SACI Core Training (approx. 30 hr) and Medical Advocacy Training (approx. 10 hr) as well as MA training 2.0 before signing up for shifts
  • Commit to one year of volunteering as a Medical Advocate, signing up for approximately 2-4 MA shifts per month to ensure full coverage of the MA Volunteer shift schedule.
  • During Medical Advocacy on-call shifts, must be able to respond to the Sexual Assault Healthcare Program within 30 minutes of receiving a dispatch call and remain on site for the duration of the exam until the patient is discharged.
  • Attend monthly required Medical Advocacy team meetings on the 3rd Monday of each month from 6-7pm