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Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class and the event the class is being held in conjunction with that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. (Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you should have forwarded your Blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.) If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide directions as to where one can find the answers.  It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.

You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Medicine Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Medicine Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST.





Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Medicine Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work


1. Discuss with your counselor the influence that EIGHT of the following people had on the history of medicine.

a. Hippocrates

b. William Harvey

c. Antoine van Leeuwenhoek

d. Edward Jenner

e. Florence Nightingale

f. Louis Pasteur

g. Gregor Mendel

h. Joseph Lister

i. Robert Koch

j. Daniel Hale Williams

k. Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen

l. Marie and Pierre Curie

m. Walter Reed

n. Karl Landsteiner

o. Alexander Fleming

p. Charles Richard Drew

q. Helen Raussig

r. James Watson and Francis Crick

s. Jonas Salk

Scouts should come to the class prepared for discussion on 8 of the people they select from the list above. The class will offer discussion time for all Scouts to share their findings.


2. Explain the Hippocratic Oath to your counselor, and compare the original version to a more modern one. Discuss to whom those subscribing to the original version of the oath owe the greatest allegiance.

Scouts will find reviewing the merit badge pamphlet will yield a better understanding of this requirement and aid them in preparation for their explanation during the class.  Be prepared.


3. Discuss the health-care provider-patient relationship with your counselor, and the importance of such a relationship in the delivery of quality care to the patient. Describe the role of confidentiality in this relationship

While the counselor will help facilitate the class discussion on this requirement, Scouts will need to prepare by referencing the merit badge pamphlet section covering this topic.  Additional resource may be utilized to prepare for class discussion.


4. Do the following:

a. Describe the roles the following people play in the delivery of health care in your state. (Note: Not all may exist in your state).

1. Allopathic Physician

2. Chiropractor

3. Emergency Medical Technician

4. Licensed Practical / Vocational Nurse

5. Medical Assistant

6. Medical Laboratory Technologist

7. Nurse - Midwife

8. Nurse Practitioner

9. Occupational Therapist

10. Optometrist

11. Osteopathic Physician

12. Pharmacist

13. Physical Therapist

14. Physician's Assistant

15. Podiatrist

16. Psychologist

17. Radiologic Technologist

18. Registered Nurse

19. Respiratory Therapist

b. Describe the educational and licensing requirements for FIVE of those in 4a --other than 4a(1)-- practicing health care in your state

Scouts will need to spend a little time and research preparing for this requirement.  Additional resources beyond the merit badge pamphlet may be used to fully prepare for this requirement.  It is not acceptable to expect to complete this requirement without prior work and preparation on the Scout's behalf.  Time will be allotted during the class to discuss this requirement, however only Scouts that are satisfactorily prepared and participate in the class discussion will have the potential of completing this requirement during the class.


5. Do the following:

a. Tell what is meant by the term "primary care" with regard to a medical specialty. Briefly describe the types of work done by physicians in the following "core" specialties.

1. Internal medicine *

2. Family practice *

3. Obstetrics/gynecology *

4. Pediatrics *

5. Psychiatry

6. Surgery

b. Describe the additional educational requirements for these specialties

Scouts will find much of the information need for preparation of this requirement to be in the merit badge pamphlet.  As with all merit badges and requirements, reading the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to the class will yield the highest possibility for class completion of this requirement. The "tell" and "describe" actions for this requirement will be a part of group discussion led by the counselor in which each Scout will be given an opportunity to share their research and understanding for this requirement..


6. Do the following:

a. Briefly describe the types of work performed by physicians in FIVE of the following specialties or subspecialties:

1. Allergy / immunology

2. Anesthesiology

3. Cardiology

4. Colon and rectal surgery

5. Dermatology

6. Emergency medicine

7. Endocrinology

8. Gastroenterology

9. Geriatric medicine

10. Hematology / oncology

11. Infectious disease

12. Nephrology

13. Neurosurgery

14. Neurology

15. Nuclear medicine

16. Ophthalmology

17. Orthopedic surgery

18. Otolaryngology

19. Pathology

20. Physical medicine and rehabilitation

21. Plastic, reconstructive, and maxillofacial surgery

22. Preventive medicine

23. Radiology

24. Rheumatology

25. Thoracic / cardiothoracic surgery

26. Urology

27. Vascular surgery

b. Describe the additional educational requirements for the FIVE specialties or subspecialties you chose in 6a.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss. This should be done prior to the class.  Scouts should have this written out to show the counselor that thought and research has gone into this requirement and Scouts should be prepared to explain their findings.  Scouts will not automatically be signed off on this requirement just for attending as the requirement states that they must explain a number of items and will be required to partake in group and/or individual explanation to obtain credit.


7. Do the following:

a. Visit a physician's office,** preferably one who delivers "primary care." (This may be that of your counselor.) Discuss the components of a medical history and physical examination (an official BSA health form may be used to guide this discussion), and become familiar with the instruments used.

b. Describe the characteristics of a good diagnostic test to screen for disease (e.g. routine blood pressure measurement). Explain briefly why diagnostic tests are not "perfect".

c. Show how to take a blood pressure and a pulse reading

Requirement 7a will NOT be completed as a part of the class however Scouts will have an opportunity to complete this component of the requirement during the class if prepared and with some considerations.   It is not enough to have just visited a physician the other part of the requirement is to become familiar with instrumentation and have a discussion of medical history and examinations. Only Scouts who are actively answering or sharing their findings to the satisfaction of the counselor will have the opportunity for completion of this component of the requirement.

Requirement 7b and 7c will be discussed in the class however Scouts will need to be prepared with an understanding of these requirement components prior to the class so that they are ready to share their understanding as a part of the class.


8. Do the following:

a. Discuss the roles medical societies, employers, the insurance industry, and the government play in influencing the practice of medicine in the United States.

b. Briefly tell how your state monitors the quality of health care within its borders, and how it provides care to those who do not have health insurance

The counselor will facilitate discussion for this requirement.  Only Scouts that positively and actively participate in this requirements discussion will have an opportunity of completing this requirement. Obviously reviewing the merit badge pamphlet will yield much information needed for successful preparation and participation for completion of this requirement. however additional resources may be necessary to reference for completing requirement 8b..


9. Discuss with your counselor the health care delivery systems in the United States, Sweden, and China.

Scouts should review this requirement and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion for this requirement.


10. Serve as a volunteer at a health-related event or facility in your community (e.g. blood drive, "health fair", blood pressure screening, etc.) approved by your counselor.

This requirement will not be covered within the class, however Scouts wishing to be considered for completion of this requirement should bring adequate documentation to show that they have completed one of these components.  Adequate documentation is not a letter from your parent, but rather a letter or note on organizational letterhead from a representative of the organization where you performed your activity hours. Please remember that the merit badge counselor reserves the right to accept your chosen activity as ample enough for completion of this merit badge.


*   "primary care" specialties

**  if this cannot be arranged, demonstrate to your counselor that you understand the components of a medical history and physical, and discuss the instruments involved.


this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015