Volunteer-Medical

Part of emergency response, monitor, (as required) act, and evacuate medical emergencies. Providing medical aid as required at the finish line and, most critically, along the course. Part of an integrated emergency response plan.

Emergency Response is supported by a Medical Team.

Who is In Charge?

Jesse Lineham and Sophie Lalonde-Bester and medical students and the co-chiefs for the Birkie. They are the latest in a long and distinguished with the University.

Beyond providing their critical skills, the Birkie connection gives the medical students real-world experience in logistics, communications, and emergency response management. Critical insights you hope your doctor has as you are wheeled into the Emergency Department.

  • 055-Medical-Chief
  • 056-Medical-First Aid
  • 057-Medical-Med-Student

Context For All Roles

Safety Considerations: Site safety as some volunteers are stationed in remote areas of the course. Standard bio-hazard considerations if dealing with human fluids, etc.

Location: Own transportation or public transit to Bethel transit center and then transport to the various location.

Training: Virtual/in-person briefing in January will be required. An in-person award organization meeting will be held closer to the Birkie. Attendance at the Volunteer Orientation the week of the Birkie is highly recommended. Awards Lead will provide mentorship and guidance.

Roles Needed

Role SpecificsRole Details
Role ID, Area and Title:055-Medical-Chief
DescriptionManagement of qualified medical volunteers for the provision of first aid at food stations and the stadium. Includes the contracting of ambulance.
Volunteer RequirementsA second-year student in good standing at the University of Alberta’s medical program. Must have good organizational skills and the ability to think holistically and systematically so as to best integrate the medical volunteers within the emergency response plan.
When NeededPlanning starts in the fall and then the Chief is onsite the Birkie day. Debrief for the next Birkie.
Times NeededPlan for 10-30 hours prior to the Birkie week over the fall, Volunteer Orientation and a long Birkie Saturday.
Number Needed2
055-Medical-Chief
Role SpecificsRole Details
Role ID, Area and Title:056-Medical-First Aid
DescriptionStationed along the course, provide basic first aid for minor events. Evaluate and escalate more serious incidents to the onsite paramedics. Support the emergency response plan.
Volunteer RequirementsMinimum requirement is a current basic first aid and CPR. Preference is given to advance certification and experience (e.g. doctors, nurses, EMTs, etc.). Less experienced/certified individuals are paired with higher credentialed volunteers.
When NeededFebruary 7, Orientation & February 10
Times NeededDay shifts vary in length based on location; plan for at least 8 hours plus the pre-Birkie orientation.
Number Needed30
056-Medical-First Aid
Role SpecificsRole Details
Role ID, Area and Title:057-Medical-Med-Student
DescriptionThe University of Alberta Medical School solicits students to volunteer at the Birkie. They provide the leadership team of two each year and up to another 20 volunteers to serve at Food/Aid Stations. It is part of their 2nd year program.
Volunteer RequirementsA second-year student in good standing at the University of Alberta’s medical program.
When NeededFebruary 7, Orientation & February 10
Times NeededDay shifts vary in length based on location; plan for at least 8 hours plus the pre-Birkie orientation.
Number Needed2
057-Medical-Med-Student