Do I have to be Catholic? What if I’m Catholic but my spouse is not?
Do I have to have a US Medical License?
Why is the long-term program 3 years?
Why is the short-term program one – three months?
What medical support will I have?
Will it be safe for my family?
The safety of our Mission Doctors and their families is of the greatest concern to MDA. Mission Doctors Association is careful in selecting the countries where MDA serves. We do not allowing service in countries where the U.S. State Department advises against U.S. citizen travel.
Additionally, MDA providing training during the long-term program on staying healthy in mission countries, and provides direction to self-study resources for those considering short-term service.
We actively listen to and take very seriously any safety concerns raised by MDA mission doctors and their families, Mission diocese, or the religious orders who run the healthcare facilities where MDA serves. Our Executive Director has visited each service site and an annual visit is made by a member of the program team. We also monitor the news for all areas served by MDA and pass current events on to Mission Doctors so that are up to date on what is happening. If this is a great concern for you, please let us know; we can provide additional information.
What are the financial arrangements? Is there a stipend?
I have student loans; do you offer any repayment program or can I get a deferment?
Yes! Thanks to the generosity of donors to the James Carey Memorial Fund, Mission Doctors has the opportunity to make the monthly payments on student loans of doctors while they are serving long term. This option is available for qualified candidates, and allows doctors to follow God’s call to serve those most in need.
Most student loans also have the option to defer for up to 36 months. Should you need any supporting documentation required by your lending institution to qualify for deferment, Mission Doctors Association will be happy to assist you.