MedFest screenings help complete the medical portion of the Participation Packet that is required for all athletes before they step onto the playing field for training and competition. These screenings assess:
- Blood pressure
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Medical history
- Potential medication side effects
- General physical health
MedFest is sometimes the first exposure athletes have to medical care and some life-threatening conditions have even been detected during a MedFest event.
Special Olympics data indicates:
- 90% of primary care residency programs in the U.S. offer no training in caring for people with intellectual disabilities
- 81% of graduating medical students in the U.S. report not having any training in the care of people with intellectual disabilities
- 22% of Special Olympics athletes screened had at least one previously undiagnosed medical condition found during a MedFest event
MedFest events are held at Fall Games, Winter Games, and Spring Games, as well as at various locations throughout the year. To see if there is an upcoming MedFest scheduled near you, visit the Events page and filter by Health.
Request a MedFest
In order to better serve our athletes across the state, SONJ will be taking requests to have our health care professionals and Clinical Directors come to areas for local screenings.
SONJ can bring its Mobile Health Vehicle or travel to facilities to host MedFest events for groups that guarantee at least 20-30 athletes. Our Clinical Directors and medical volunteers will screen athletes over the course of three to four hours.
Event requests must be put in at least two months prior to the anticipated date. Requests submitted within 60 days of the event will be considered on a case by case basis, and are not guaranteed to be filled. Please note that requests for weekdays require our dedicated Clinical Directors taking off work in order to run a MedFest event.
Interested in volunteering at a MedFest? SONJ is looking for physicians, registered nurses, and medical students to help athletes get medically cleared for participation in SONJ sports training and competition.
Criteria for Clinical Director
Please review the below document if you are interested in becoming a MedFest Clinical Director.
Current Clinical Directors: Naimish Baxi, MD; Erica David, MD; Jeffrey Zlotnick, MD, CAQ, FAAFP
If you are interested in becoming involved in our MedFest screening events, please contact Katelyn Sheridan at firstname.lastname@example.org.