The Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Model promotes a “Circle of Caring”
Being inclusive and welcoming to all is the foundation of the VIM Model. The “Circle of Caring” recognizes the strengths of those in need and respects their dignity. It prompts the idea that the manner in which people are treated during a visit to a VIM clinic is as important as the medical care they receive. Perhaps most importantly, it recognizes that those providing care are also receiving care from those they serve.
•The "Culture of Caring" is at the heart and soul of the VIM clinic, which is based in the desire to restore greater ethical standards in medicine. These standards also reflect the approach used by our volunteer physicians, nurses and staff, whose focus is on providing quality medical care to good people who require treatment – many of whom exhibit great courage in their struggle to survive on limited resources, simply, to get through each day.
Our "Culture of Caring" recognizes the strengths of those in need and respects their dignity. We seek to heal not only physical illnesses, but the injuries caused by bias, prejudice and indifference, with policies and procedures in place for implementing and maintaining the "Culture of Caring", a required component of all VIM clinics.