Fall Retreat Seminar

It may start as a desire to do more. A desire to share your medical skills.

You feel blessed and know that you can be a blessing for others who lack access to health care.

But how?

Join us for a weekend Retreat/Seminar where you will have the opportunity to reflect on this call to serve, both in light of our Catholic faith and the practical issues of visas, licenses, insurance etc.

You will hear from other physicians and dentists who have responded to the call. We invite doctors, dentist, physicians assistants and nurse practitioners to spend the weekend with us.

Currently scheduled twice yearly, the weekends feature returned Mission Doctors who share their firsthand experience, presentations about specific locations and illness commonly treated at these locations.

Questions on how spouses and children can become involved are also covered. The weekend also provides a space to spend time reflecting on God’s call to “heal the sick” and your own desire to serve.

Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
September 28-30, 2018

3:00 – 6:00  Gathering and Light Dinner
6:00            Introductions and Welcome
6:30            History of MDA
7:00            Why We Serve

8:00            Breakfast
9:00            Catholic Medical Mission Theology
10:00          Mission Spirituality for Medical Professionals
11:00          The Big Three: HIV, Malaria, and TB
12:00          Lunch and Photos
1:00            Site Presentations and Panel Discussions
4:30            Mission Doctors Association Mass   
5:30            Dinner

8:00            Breakfast
8:30            Traveling and Working Safely in Resource – Limited Mission
9:30            Non-Medical Spouses’ Role and Expectations
10:00          Understanding Culture – Why it Matters for US Med Prof Serving Abroad        
11:30          Good Intentions Bad Outcomes – Where do we go From Here?

Mission Doctors Association is the only organization exclusively dedicated to recruiting, sending and supporting Catholic Doctors to serve at Catholic mission hospitals and clinics in response to requests from Bishops and Religious orders who run them.

Short term
Spring Retreat/Seminar

Continuing Medical Education Credits offered in partnership with Loyola Stritch Medical School

Curricular Goals and Learning Objectives

Describe the causes of illness and death specific to resource-limited mission countries.
Upon completion of this activity, participant should be able to:
-State the relationship of income to the causes of illness and death
-Have increased competence in diagnosing and treating disease entities commonly encountered in Mission medical settings
-State factors common to most mission countries which have an impact on how medical care is delivered.
Discuss the effect of culture on life and work in mission countries.
Upon completion of this activity, participant should be able to:
-Define stereotyping as it relates to both how the physician interacts with patients in mission countries and how those patients may have preconceived ideas about him/her.
-Be able to approach patients in Missions with an understanding and respect of local cultures.
-Have an improved appreciation of patients’ understanding of their illnesses and related treatments.
Discuss the Catholic understanding of mission and social justice.
Upon completion of this activity, participant should be able to:
-State the basics of how the Catholic Church concept of mission relates to the work of the laity.
-State the basics of the Catholic Church theology of social justice.
-Know recommended resources to progress in this spiritual journey further.

Competencies Addressed

This educational conference will address the following competencies: Patient care, interpersonal and communications skills, interdisciplinary team skills, and professionalism.              

Conference Location

Loyola University Chicago
Stritch School of Medicine
John & Herta Cuneo Center
2160 S. First Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153


Thomas Liautaud, R.Ph
Mission Doctors Board President

Elise Frederick
Mission Doctors Executive Director

Fr. Jack McCarthy, MD, O.Praem
Santa Clotilde Mission, Peru

Brother John Kiesler, OFM
Franciscan School of Theology
MDA Board of Directors

Lou Coda, MD
Mission Doctors Association
Internal Medicine / Pediatrics
PNG, Cameroon, Uganda

Tim Cavanagh, MD
Chair, MDA Program Committee
Family Practice: Zimbabwe, Cameroon

Albert Exner, MD
Family Practice
Currently serving: Guadalupe Day Hospital, Ecuador

Carol Hasenyager, MD
Mission Doctors Association
OBGYN, Served in Cameroon

Antoinette Lullo, DO
Mission Doctors Association
Family Medicine
Served in Santa Clotilde Mission, Peru

Brian Medernach, MD
Assistant Professor
Stritch School of Medicine
Assistant Director, Center for Community and Global Health
Director, GME certificate Program in Community and Global Health
Santa Clotilde Mission, Peru

Pat Ryan, MD
MDA Board of Directors
Psychiatry, Served in Ghana

Linda Novak, MD
Founder / Guatemala
U.S. International Health Alliance

William Walsh, MD
Mission Doctors Association
General Surgery, Served in Uganda

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine ensures balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all educational activities for which CME credit is awarded. Complete disclosure information will be provided to the audience in the printed activity materials.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and Mission Doctors Association.  The Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.