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Medicine Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the 2020 Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Medicine Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Medicine merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

https://scoutmasterbucky.com/merit-badges/medicine/

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Discuss with your counselor the influence that EIGHT of the following people had on the history of health care:
Requirement 1a: Hippocrates
Requirement 1b: William Harvey
Requirement 1c: Antoine van Leeuwenhoek
Requirement 1d: Edward Jenner
Requirement 1e: Florence Nightingale
Requirement 1f: Louis Pasteur
Requirement 1g: Gregor Mendel
Requirement 1h: Joseph Lister
Requirement 1i: Robert Koch
Requirement 1j: Daniel Hale Williams
Requirement 1k: Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen
Requirement 1l: Marie and Pierre Curie
Requirement 1m: Walter Reed
Requirement 1n: Karl Landsteiner
Requirement 1o: Alexander Fleming
Requirement 1p: Charles Richard Drew
Requirement 1q: Helen Raussig
Requirement 1r: James Watson and Francis Crick
Requirement 1s: Jonas Salk
Requirement 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.
Requirement 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.
Requirement 4: Do the following:
Requirement 4a: Describe the roles the following people play in the delivery of health care:
Requirement 4a1: Allopathic physician (M.D.) and osteopathic physician (D.O.)
Requirement 4a2: Chiropractor (D.C.)
Requirement 4a3: Emergency medical technician
Requirement 4a4: Licensed practical/vocational nurse
Requirement 4a5: Medical assistant
Requirement 4a6: Medical laboratory technologist
Requirement 4a7: Nurse-midwife
Requirement 4a8: Nurse practitioner
Requirement 4a9: Occupational therapist
Requirement 4a10: Optometrist
Requirement 4a11: Pharmacist
Requirement 4a12: Physical therapist
Requirement 4a13: Physician's assistant
Requirement 4a14: Podiatrist
Requirement 4a15: Psychologist
Requirement 4a16: Radiologic technologist
Requirement 4a17: Registered nurse
Requirement 4a18: Respiratory therapist
Requirement 4b: Describe the educational and licensing requirements to practice health care in your state for FIVE of the professions in requirement 4a. (Not all professions may exist in your state.)
Requirement 5: Do the following:
Requirement 5a: Tell what is meant by the term "primary care" with regard to a medical specialty.
Requirement 5b: Briefly describe the types of work done by physicians in the following specialties:
Requirement 5b1: Internal medicine

*"Primary care" specialties*

Requirement 5b2: Family practice

*"Primary care" specialties*

Requirement 5b3: Obstetrics/gynecology

*"Primary care" specialties*

Requirement 5b4: Pediatrics

*"Primary care" specialties*

Requirement 5b5: Psychiatry
Requirement 5b6: Surgery
Requirement 5c: Describe the additional educational requirements for these specialties.
Requirement 6: Do the following:
Requirement 6a: Briefly describe the types of work performed by physicians in FIVE of the following specialties or subspecialties:
Requirement 6a1: Allergy/immunology
Requirement 6a2: Anesthesiology
Requirement 6a3: Cardiology
Requirement 6a4: Colorectal surgery
Requirement 6a5: Critical care medicine (intensive care medicine)
Requirement 6a6: Dermatology
Requirement 6a7: Emergency Medicine
Requirement 6a8: Endocrinology
Requirement 6a9: Gastroenterology
Requirement 6a10: Geriatric medicine
Requirement 6a11: Hematology/oncology
Requirement 6a12: Hospitalist
Requirement 6a13: Infectious disease
Requirement 6a14: Nephrology
Requirement 6a15: Neurosurgery
Requirement 6a16: Neurology
Requirement 6a17: Nuclear medicine
Requirement 6a18: Ophthalmology
Requirement 6a19: Orthopedic surgery
Requirement 6a20: Otolaryngology/head and neck surgery
Requirement 6a21: Pathology
Requirement 6a22: Physical medicine and rehabilitation
Requirement 6a23: Plastic, reconstructive, and maxillofacial surgery
Requirement 6a24: Preventive medicine
Requirement 6a25: Pulmonology
Requirement 6a26: Radiology
Requirement 6a27: Rheumatology
Requirement 6a28: Thoracic/cardiothoracic surgery
Requirement 6a29: Urology
Requirement 6a30: Vascular surgery
Requirement 6b: Describe the additional educational requirements for the FIVE specialties or subspecialties you chose in 6a.
Requirement 7: Do the following:
Requirement 7a: 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.

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.

Requirement 7b: 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."
Requirement 7c: Show how to take a blood pressure and a pulse reading.
Requirement 8: Do the following:
Requirement 8a: Discuss the roles medical societies, employers, the insurance industry, and the government play in influencing the practice of medicine in the United States.
Requirement 8b: 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.
Requirement 9: Compare and discuss with your counselor at least two types of health care delivery systems used throughout the world.
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.