Laurie Green keeps retired doctors working with health clinics for needy
By Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle
“We want to be the organization that doctors go to when they’re retired or retiring, to be able to continue to make a contribution,” Green said. “We want to marshal this army of retired doctors.”
At the core of the Maven Project is telemedicine technology, which enables doctors to consult face to face with physicians in faraway places. It’s not practical for the Maven volunteers to work directly with patients — they’d have to be licensed in every state where they consulted, even by video — but they can assist and mentor doctors treating those patients.
While Maven’s focus is to improve patient access to care, that wasn’t Green’s initial motivation for creating the project. Rather, her goal was to provide retiring doctors an opportunity to stay active and useful even if they no longer wanted a full-time career in medicine. Maven stands for Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network.
Her project, she decided, would let doctors hang on to their identity a while longer, and at the same time help patients who could benefit from their decades of experience.