Summer Ministry Opportunities
Are you ready for summer? The projects below offer significant opportunities for Christians in healthcare training to experience true Christian community, integrate your faith in healthcare and serve Christ by serving others.
CMDA Global Health Outreach
For additional summer opportunities, check out CMDA’s Global Health Outreach Trips! Each year, we send 45 to 55 teams around the world to countries including El Salvador, East Africa, I*dia, the Pacific, Nicaragua, Central Asia, the Middle East and many others. We encourage you to browse through our available trip opportunities to find the trip best suited to fit your needs. Unless noted as a specialty team, all trips welcome physicians, dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, optometrists, nurses, techs, students, interpreters and non-medical volunteers.
The Summer Medical Institute, Philadelphia 2021
June 26-July 17, 2021
SMI is a dynamic urban healthcare program sponsored by Medical Campus Outreach Philadelphia (mcophilly.org) and Esperanza Health Center, a Christian, federally qualified health center located in North Philadelphia (esperanzahealthcenter.org). In this intensive urban-immersion program, approximately 18-20 Christian health profession students learn to address the health needs of the largely underserved, urban community in Hispanic North Philadelphia and integrate their faith in the medical practice. Although it is predicted at this time that the pandemic may still affect the type of tasks students can perform, SMI was able to adapt and successfully run the program in the summer of 2020. The organizers predict that the program's work in 2021 will be a mix of patient-centered projects at Esperanza Health Center to support patient care during the pandemic combined with medical outreach in the neighborhoods, where students will provide health screens and health education to the community.
Students will receive evangelism training along with medical training during orientation and learn to share the Gospel through conversation and prayer with those they meet. Participants learn collectively and work in partnership with area churches, attending the neighborhood churches each Sunday. Teams will be accompanied as needed with local bilingual interpreters and partner churches will provide spiritual follow up to those in the community who request it. Students will each spend a day shadowing health care providers at Esperanza and observe an effective model of Christian primary care (third and fourth year medical students and other upper-year students may participate in SMI as an academic rotation, pending approval and availability). Students will learn about the issues and medical realities of the community by meeting people in the clinic, in the churches and in the neighborhood.
What else can students expect during SMI Philly? Strong relationships with team members and spiritual growth and discipleship are developed through small group Bible study, daily debriefing, twice-weekly teaching on biblical foundations and daily prayer and worship. Students will learn to process and respond to the issues they encounter, learning first-hand the impact of social, cultural, spiritual and economic factors on health. Christian clinicians (SMI "faculty") from all health care fields volunteer to work alongside the students during the neighborhood outreaches each week, providing valuable relational mentoring. SMI faculty also teach students on relevant topics during orientation, breakout teaching and panel discussions known as "Institute Days," and the final "Return Training" at the program's conclusion. Students are expected to raise or provide $1400 to help cover program expenses, and will be given detailed information and help during this process.
SMI Philadelphia applications are due March 15, 2021, acceptances announced April 1. Contact the SMI director at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions, information and the application link.
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The Lawndale Summer Medical Project is a 4-5 week summer program in which 4th year (senior) pre-med/pre-midlevel students and 1st year medical students have the opportunity to work alongside Christian clinicians and help to serve a medically underserved community. The program was developed in 2002 and 2003 in conjunction with the Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA) and Christian Community Health Fellowship (CCHF).
LSMP students live with host families and work in the Lawndale community to experience total immersion within the community. LSMP focuses on chronic care patients who do not have access routine care, as well as hosting health screenings at various community health fairs.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
First year medical students, senior college students interested in becoming an MD or midlevel provider, or recent college graduates planning to become an MD or midlevel provider in the future.
Medically interested undergraduate students seeking a summer internship experience at Lawndale Christian Health Center can consider applying through Intervarsity Christian Fellowship's Chicago Urban Program (CUP). LCHC partners with CUP to accept a select number of undergraduate interns placed at the health center. Visit CUP's website for more information.
Whole Person Care Preceptorship
June 10 – July 3, 2021 (subject to COVID 19 allowances)
At the 2021 annual Whole Person Care Preceptorship (WPCP) held in Southern California, you will receive professional training to ethically and sensitively assess and address the spiritual needs of your patients. Weekly you will work with and learn from seasoned Christian physicians and healthcare professionals who regularly integrate their faith into their patient care in a variety of specialties and settings. Plus, you’ll have ample opportunities to do the same with real patients in both clinical and hospital situations.
Most importantly, you’ll grow and reconnect with God and become better prepared to lead colleagues spiritually. You will enjoy ample time for personal devotionals and learn from experts in the fields of personal ministry, bioethics, apologetics, and theology.
As you serve and enjoy the incredible attractions of California, you will build lasting relationships and community with like-minded students and return to school rejuvenated and refreshed. The WPCP is a joint venture of Medical Strategic Network, Cru, and Loma Linda University Medical Center.
Applications are due March 19, 2021.
Pre-Med/Pre-Pro Summer Mission
June 27 – July 1, 2021 (Virtual Experience)
This Pre-Med/Pre-Pro summer mission is for undergrad students pursuing a career in the healthcare professions. Pre-med, pre-dental, pre-nursing, pre-allied health, and other students considering a healthcare career are welcome to apply. You will receive training and practice on how to access and address the spiritual/emotional needs of your future patients to help you live on mission in your future career. The training and practice will occur one-on-one, led by current health care students who will act as your mentors. You will also hear from health care professionals who integrate faith into their patient care. This will all happen over zoom for about 3 hours each evening and will include fun interactive components to build community with other like-minded pre-health care students.
If you are officially enrolled in or accepted into medical school, nursing school, OT school, PA school, etc. you would be eligible to apply to the Whole Person Care Preceptorship.