Summer Mission 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.
Whole Person Care Preceptorship
June 7 – July 11, 2018
At the 18th annual Whole Person Care Preceptorship (WPCP) held in Southern California, you’ll receive professional training to ethically and sensitively assess and address the spiritual needs of your patients. Weekly you’ll 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’ll 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.
Application Deadline: March 16, 2018
For more information, visit http://medsn.org/summer-preceptorship/information/.
Pre-Med/Pre-Pro Healthcare Student Mission
June 30 - July 7, 2018
Spend one week this summer learning to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of your future patients. Experienced Christian medical, nursing and allied health students, along with Christian physicians and nurses, will train you to care for the whole person – body, mind, and soul – in an ethical, caring, and sensitive manner. You’ll apply what you’ve learned by offering the life-changing hope of Jesus Christ to real patients and their family members in healthcare facilities.
You’ll gain invaluable training and experience that will help clarify God’s calling on your life plus provide a unique experience that may enhance your application to medical or nursing school or various allied health school programs.
For more information, visit http://medsn.org/summer-mission/.
Lawndale Summer Medical Project
Tuesday June 26-Saturday July 28
The LSMP is a four week medical missions project in an underserved area of Chicago. You will be seeing predominantly African-American and Latino patients at Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC). LCHC is the largest Christian health center in the United States. Services provided include primary care, dental care, eye care, and mental health care. Your experience will have a community medicine focus and you will:
- Live in the community where you will work and fellowship with other students.
- Spend time doing home visits for patients with diabetes, asthma, and hypertension.
- Run neighborhood health fairs, screening people for diabetes and hypertension.
- Spend time shadowing Christian physicians
- Grow spiritually through group Bible studies, conferences on topics such as "What it Means to be a Christian Physician," and time for personal devotions and reflection.
Don't miss this opportunity, which, according to a previous participant, "will forever change the way [you] practice medicine."
Unique Aspects: Urban setting, Spanish-speaking patients
Application Deadline: Application and Two Reference Letters must be received by March 16, 2018.
Program Fee (includes housing and supplies, does not include air-fare): $700
Scholarship available for those with financial need.
Eligible to Apply: First year medical students, Pre-med/PA/NP students who are currently in their fourth year of college.
The Summer Medical Institute Northwest
Four week blocks during the summer of 2018
The Summer Medical Institute Northwest seeks to expose medical students to the joys and challenges of working with the underserved through medical service in Christ's name. We take three medical students each summer to serve in a church-based clinic for the poor in Vancouver, Washington. Our team of outstanding physician mentors will guide you in life-on-life incarnational service and unreasonable love for the poor. You will have twice-weekly one-on-one physician mentoring as you work through our in-depth curriculum for integrating faith and medicine with you during your time here. Medical students will live with a physician family during the experience. Preference is given to applicants from the Pacific Northwest.
Application Deadline: March 31, 2018
For more information, email us.
The Summer Medical Institute, Philadelphia (SMI Philadelphia) and SMI Albania
June 23-July 14, 2018 (Philadelphia program) and July 15-July 28, 2018 (estimated schedule, continuation extension program in Albania)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Tirana, Albania
SMI Philly 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 (www.esperanzahealthcenter.org). More than just a mission trip, this program is designed and planned throughout the entire year to specifically disciple and develop Christian health care students while sharing the gospel and learning about holistic patient care in the community of North Philadelphia. In this intensive urban-immersion program, approximately 22 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. Students live and work together in the dense urban environment, daily providing door-to-door health screens for diabetes and hypertension, and also provide information about HIV, asthma and nutrition. Students receive evangelism training along with medical training during orientation and share the Gospel through conversation and prayer with those they meet. Participants live together, learn collectively and work in partnership with area churches, attending the neighborhood churches each Sunday. The churches also provide local bilingual interpreters as needed, who work daily with the student teams, and partner churches will provide spiritual follow up to those in the community who request it. At Esperanza, students will each spend a day shadowing health care providers 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 the community by meeting people in the churches, in their homes, in the clinic and on the streets.
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 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 asked to raise $1400 to help cover program expenses, and will be provided with detailed information and help during this process.
SMI Philadelphia applications are due March 17, 2018, acceptances announced March 30. Contact the SMI director for questions, information and the application link. Go to http://mcophilly.org/smi-philadelphia/ for information and the application link as well, or to our wordpress site for the student blog: smiphilly.wordpress.com.
In 2018 SMI Philadelphia has an exciting opportunity for those interested in a longer program with an overseas component: immediately after SMI Philadelphia, four SMI Philly student participants and a faculty member will have an opportunity to travel to Tirana, Albania (July 15-28, 2018, those going to Albania will complete SMI Philly two days early to prepare) for our second year to work with ABC Health Center, an urban Christian medical clinic that participated with SMI Philadelphia in 2015 and 2016, and hosted a group of SMI students to join them as they ran their first SMI Albania program in 2016 (Albanian interns may also be participating in SMI Philly 2018). SMI students will work with Christian Albanian medical and nursing students to provide neighborhood medical outreach, and observe firsthand how the experience and methods of SMI Philadelphia apply in an ethnically and religiously diverse overseas context, as well as participate in discipleship with the Albanian students. A separate, brief application is required for this opportunity, and both applications will be due by February 17, 2018, to allow time for travel arrangements and additional support raising. Additional support raising costs are estimated at no more than $1900 for the Albania portion, including airfare. Albanian interpreters will be used on the outreaches, but English is spoken by most we will be working with. A sample schedule of the 2016 Albania program can be sent to you if you contact the SMI director. Please contact the SMI director if you are interested in more information and an application for SMI Albania.