Serve Short-Term

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?

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, 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.

Retreat/Seminar

 

Join us for a weekend Retreat/Seminar to explore your call to mission.

During the Retreat/Seminar, 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.

The weekends are free of charge and 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.

Retreat/Seminars are currently scheduled twice a year, in the Spring in Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University and in the Fall in Chicago at Loyola Strich Medical School.  Detailed schedule and speaker information below for the next Retreat/Seminar. 

Loyola Marymount University
March 27-29, 2020

FRIDAY
5:00 – 6:00  Gathering and Light Dinner
6:00            Introductions and Welcome
6:30            History of MDA
7:00            Why We Serve

SATURDAY
8:00            Breakfast
9:00            Catholic Medical Mission Theology
10:30          Photo Break
11:00           Mission Spirituality for Medical Professionals
12:15           Lunch and Photos
1:15             The Big Three: HIV, Malaria, and TB
2:15            Site Presentations and Panel Discussions
3:00            Traveling and Working Safely in Resource – Limited Mission
4:00            Understanding Culture – Why it Matters for US Med Prof Serving Abroad
4:30            Mission Doctors Association Mass    
5:00            Break
6:00            Dinner
7:00            Visit with Veterans

SUNDAY     
8:00            Working Breakfast
8:00            Spouses’ role and expectations / Safety issues for non-medical volunteers
                     Good Intentions Bad Outcomes – Where do we go From Here?
10:00          Mission Doctors Annual Mass
11:00           Annual Brunch

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.

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


Curricular Goals and Learning Objectives

Delineate 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:
· Recognize the basics of how the Catholic Church concept of mission relates to the work of the laity.
· Define the basics of the Catholic Church theology of social justice.
· Utilize recommended resources to progress in this spiritual journey.

Discuss the Catholic understanding of mission and social justice.
Upon completion of this activity, participant should be able to:
· Recognize the basics of how the Catholic Church concept of mission relates to the work of the laity.
· Define the basics of the Catholic Church theology of social justice.
· Utilize recommended resources to progress in this spiritual journey.

Competencies Addressed

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

Conference Location

Loyola Marymount University
1 Loyola Marymount University Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Faculty

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

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

Louis Coda, MD
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
PNG, Cameroon, Uganda

Albert Exner, MD
Family Practice: Ecuador, Cameroon

Martha Franz, MD
MDA Board of Directors
HIV & Viral Hepatitis Fellow 2018-2019
Family Practice: Cameroon

Carol Hasenyager, MD
OBGYN: Cameroon

Antoinette Lullo, DO
Family Medicine: Peru

Brian Mendernach, MD
Assistant Professor
Stritch School of Medicine
Assistant Director, Center for Community and
Global Health Director,
GME certificate Program in Community and Global Health
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics: Peru

Linda Novak, MD
Founder, US International Health Alliance
Ophthalmologist: Guatemala

William Walsh, MD
Mission Doctors Association
General Surgery: Uganda

FACULTY DISCLOSURE
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.


ACCREDITATION STATEMENT

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.