In February, Indianapolis urologist Samuel Thompson, M.D., will travel to Soddo, Wolaita, Ethiopia, for a two-week medical mission trip. This is his third mission to Africa with World Medical Mission. He served two previous missions in Kenya.
A recipient of the ISMA Medical Mission Sponsorship, Dr. Thompson will provide clinical care to the Ethiopian people and teach general surgery residents how to care for urologic cases they encounter. He plans to use the scholarship money to help purchase endoscopic equipment.
“Over there, we learn to work with limited resources. The medical staff must reuse equipment and get by with much less. Often, they don’t have the right equipment,” he explained.
|(left) Samuel Thompson, M.D., pictured with his wife and (right) with Evansville urologist Bruce Romick, M.D., and colleagues in Tenwek, Africa.
Dr. Thompson will be assigned to one of five residents at the Soddo Christian Hospital, which provides health care for more than 3 million people. His wife, Frances, a nurse, will accompany him to assist in the nursing program.
“A medical mission trip is really a privilege. I enjoy working in an environment without the headaches of western medicine,” he said. “I encourage all physicians to consider using their medical expertise for underserved populations, whether it’s down the street or across the world.”
How to apply
The annual scholarship of up to $3,000 is awarded to an ISMA member planning a medical mission trip. Applications for the next ISMA Medical Mission Sponsorship will be accepted beginning Sept. 1, 2012, for trips taken after that date and into 2013.
To apply, you must first receive the endorsement of your county medical society. Then, submit a letter to the ISMA or email Adele Lash and include:
- Your name, address, email and phone number(s)
- Dates and location of proposed trip
- Information about other sponsors and/or mission coordinators
- Appropriate documentation, including expense details
A recipient will be selected by random drawing.
For information, go to the ISMA website.
World Medical Mission is a part of Samaritan’s Purse. Learn how you can volunteer by going to their website.