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.
Mission Doctors Association stands in the unique role of being 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.
In addition to the original three-year, long-term service program, Mission Doctors offers a short term option for doctors and their families feeling called to serve one to three months. Most who do so, work alongside long-term Mission doctors or at facilities where MDA has a long-term relationship. Patients in Belize, Cameroon, Peru, Uganda, Tanzania and Ecuador need your skills, your compassion and your expertise.
The first step is to submit an application then attend a weekend Retreat/Seminar where you will have the opportunity to reflect on this opportunity 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. 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.
2017 Los Angeles Retreat/Seminar
Loyola Marymount University
April 7-9, 2017
2017 Midwest Retreat/Seminar
Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
Fall 2017 TBD
Contact the office for more information.