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Medical Museum Accepting Applications for Docents

SILVER SPRING, Md. - The National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) is currently looking for individuals with a specific interest in military medicine and history to become docents at the nation's repository for specimens and artifacts representing innovation in military and civilian medicine. NMHM docents serve as leaders and teachers to museum visitors and act as the liaison between the public and these unique artifacts and collections.

As a docent of the museum, individuals must have interpersonal skills and be comfortable speaking to large, diverse groups of people. The museum offers several programs and tours including general tours, introduction tours, forensics workshops and a human body program for children.

Prospective docents must attend training and continuing education as scheduled. Those who are interested in becoming a NMHM docent will attend mandatory training every Thursday in June from 9 a.m. to noon. Docents are also required to participate in a minimum of two tours a month and attend a volunteer meeting on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

Applicants should be able to walk and stand on a carpeted or hard surface for up to two hours without a break. The average tour at NMHM lasts approximately an hour and half. Most tours and programs are conducted during the week with school groups and visiting organizations, so availability Monday through Friday is ideal.

While knowledge of military medicine and history is desired, it is not necessary. Only U.S. citizens will be considered. Each applicant should have an eagerness to learn and show enthusiasm for providing meaningful experiences for NMHM visitors. All training as it pertains to NMHM collections and exhibits will be provided for those who qualify.

For questions or to apply to become a docent at the museum, contact the NMHM Tour Program Coordinator at 301-319-3312 or email USArmy.Detrick.MEDCOM-USAMRMC.List.Medical-Museum@mail.mil.


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.

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