By Michelle Cerulli McAdams
When Deborah Brigell first heard about the Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network (MAVEN) Project last year, she had already begun scaling back her medical practice and was trying to find a way to give back.
“I was really looking for meaningful volunteer work where I could use my skills as an endocrinologist and specialist, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity,” said Brigell, 61, who is based in Boston.
“I was intrigued by the MAVEN Project and its mission. I think what they’re doing is really unique,” she said.
Since joining the project, Brigell has been using telehealth technology to consult with staff physicians at two clinics in South Florida, primarily on diabetes- and thyroid-related cases.
Volunteers have collaborated with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Pediatric Mobile Clinic, the Universal Heritage Institute CommunityCare Clinic in Miami Gardens and Florida International University’s Mobile Health Center, which all provide free care to low-income, uninsured and underinsured Miami-Dade County residents.