The Medicine Merit Badge is not one for a beginning Scout as there are lots of requirements for this merit badge which take a lot of time and study.  This merit badge is definitely focused at older Scouts.

If you like the Medicine Merit Badge, consider also doing Dentistry, Disabilities Awareness, or even Veterinary Medicine.


Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:

Saturday January 10, 2015

Plymouth, MN


6 Scouts

Saturday January 11, 2014

Plymouth, MN


10 Scouts

Saturday February 9, 2013

Richfield, MN


10 Scouts

Saturday February 11, 2012

Richfield, MN


8 Scouts

Saturday March 6, 2010

Richfield, MN


12 Scouts








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source: Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


*   "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