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Medical Museum Recruiting for Summer 2016 Volunteers

SILVER SPRING, Md. - College-age volunteers from a wide variety of fields are encouraged to apply for new opportunities at the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) to work with the museum's collections and gain valuable experience in their field of study. Relevant fields include physical anthropology, anatomy, archives or museum collections management.

NMHM is recruiting for summer 2016 volunteers in four areas of museum operations:

  1. Archives arrangement and digitization (e.g. films, photos, X-rays, paper)
  2. Anatomical collections management (e.g. osteology, preserved tissue, histological slides, archives)
  3. CT data modelling for 3-D printing and research applications using skeletal specimens (prior experience with data modelling required)
  4. Bone histology and slide preparation (prior experience required)

Archives volunteers will assist in preparing documents for a digitalization project. Volunteers must commit to at least 12 hours per week (Monday through Friday, during business hours). Training includes basic archival processing and preservation skills, using the museum's unique collections.

Those volunteers that have a special interest in archival film and have some experience in handling archival materials can apply for the opportunity to work with approximately 300 16mm films in the museum’s collections. Volunteers will perform metadata and digital media quality control of archival films and must commit a minimum of four hours per week (Monday through Friday, during business hours). Participants will benefit from working with database management software and learning quality control techniques.

Undergraduate or graduate students interested in or currently studying anthropology, anatomy or human biology are encouraged to apply to work with the museum's anatomical collections. Volunteers will assist in creating inventories of the following materials: gross and histological human and animal specimens including dry bone and chemically fixed wet tissue; documents such as radiographs, photographic slides and paper records. Special projects for experienced applicants include 3-D modelling of CT data from pathological skeletal specimens and bone histology. Those interested must be available a minimum of 20 hours per week for eight weeks (Monday through Friday, during business hours).

For questions or to apply for one of these volunteer opportunities, contact the NMHM Tour Program Coordinator at 301-319-3312. Space is very limited. Selected volunteers are required to attend a mandatory volunteer orientation in June.

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About the National Museum of Health and Medicine:
The National Museum of Health and Medicine, a Department of Defense museum established in 1862 as the Army Medical Museum, inspires interest in and promotes the understanding of medicine -- past, present and future -- with a special emphasis on tri-service American military medicine. As a National Historic Landmark recognized for its ongoing value to the health of the military and to the nation, NMHM identifies, collects, and preserves important and unique resources to support a broad agenda of innovative exhibits, educational programs, and scientific, historical, and medical research. NMHM is an element of the Research, Development and Acquisitions Directorate of the Defense Health Agency, Falls Church, Virginia.

NMHM is located at 2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD, 20910, and is open daily (including weekends and holidays) from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visit the website or call (301) 319-3300 for information on tour programs and special events.

NMHM on the web: www.medicalmuseum.mil
NMHM on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MedicalMuseum
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NMHM on Instagram: www.instagram.com/medicalmuseum