FAQ/User Guide

About the Forum


In partnership with PQMD (Partnership For Quality Medical Donations), the Americares forum is an interactive web platform facilitating a community where Americares Medical Outreach partners can share practical information about relevant topics. The Americares Medical Outreach Forum allows volunteer medical providers to share expertise and discuss best practices for performing surgeries, primary care, responding to emergencies, and strengthening local health care capacity. All content is curated by Americares leadership, its members and in cooperation with PQMD.


Who is eligible to participate in Americares Medical Outreach Web Forum?


Volunteer medical providers or their primary contacts who have requested products and/or completed an application for Americares Medical Outreach Program.


Watch *video tutorial


* about navigating web forum here. Additional guidance provided below.


Please upload a profile photo!

Most email accounts have the ability to add a photo.  This forum uses that image and uploads it to your bio.  If you do not have an image associated with the email you have used to sign onto the forum please visit gravatar.com, enter your email address and upload your picture.  It is easy to sign up and easy to upload a picture.  Once you have done that your image will automatically show up in your profile.  



After you upload a profile photo, click on your name in the top right corner of the site to edit your profile and set notifications. Edit profile is where you can change your information and your bio. Account is where you can change your username, password and contact email. Notifications is where you can change how often you will receive notifications about discussions and topics. It is also where you can opt in to messaging. If you opt in to messaging, you can instantly connect with anyone on the forum with a private message. Following is where you will see the topics and discussions that are most relevant to you.



What is the difference between the ‘Discussions’ and the ‘Resources’?

The ‘Discussions’ section is a ‘live feed’ where members can share information, discuss relevant topics and share best practices. The ‘Resources’ section is where people can share articles, papers and other materials that are relevant to the members and the work they are doing. Members will be notified via email when a new topic or discussion has begun. They can reply via that email and their response will show up in the forum thread.


How do I post a discussion topic or question?


To post a topic or discussion you click on the Discussions tab on the main page and to the right click on the start a topic button. Below Enter a title you can use the icons to add an image, link, document or video you would like to share.


You can enter your discussion topic, question or comment in the text box where it says write a description.


The discussion form is interactive in nature, allowing individuals to learn from each other. In a discussion forum, you can respond to a post by adding your thoughts and additional content or you can create your own topic.


Additional questions or concerns?

Please contact Valerie Colgate, Moderator: vcolgate@americares.org.