Upon entering Chirurgeons' Point at the Pennsic War, patients are greeted, offered a cool beverage, asked to fill out a treatment form, and settled to wait for someone to see to their complaints -- usually all without having talked to an actual Chirurgeon. The volunteer at the reception desk was most likely a Chirurgeon's Scribe, a non-medically-trained volunteer whose job it is to greet patients and take information.
The Chirurgeons have a long history of utilizing scribes to help with the burden of patient paperwork, and this year the staff hopes to increase this volunteer activity. Scribes work for four-hour shifts throughout the day and night, just like Chirurgeons, with 1-2 scribes assigned to the reception desk at the Point. Scribes will also be needed for each battle, where they will be assigned to help take information for treating Chirurgeons at the battlefield points.
In addition to scribing, non-medical volunteers can assist with fundraising, supply inventory, running errands, and doing light housekeeping.
All Chirurgeon Scribes must be 18 years of age or older due to legal requirements. The Chirurgeons would like to encourage anyone under the age of 18 to volunteer at the Point for activities such as running errands and delivering messages.
Anyone wishing to volunteer to assist the Chirurgeons may sign up at Chirurgeons' Point. Please bring a photo I.D.
For more information on Chirurgeon activites at the Pennsic War, visit the Pennsic Chirurgeon website by clicking the "visit" link. For more information on non-medical volunteer activities, contact Milica of Varna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a safe and healthy War!
THL Milica of Varna