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Indianapolis physician provides care to Ethiopians with help from ISMA scholarship
e-Reports, April 16, 2012
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Samuel Thompson, M.D., traveled to Ethiopia in February where he taught general surgery students about urology and provided clinical care. It was his third trip to Africa, but his first one with support of the ISMA’s Medical Mission Scholarship.

The Indianapolis urologist and his wife, Frances, worked with World Medical Mission in one of two hospitals in Soddo, Wolaita. The city has a population of approximately one million people and very few specialists to care for them.

“The majority of cases at the hospital were orthopaedic trauma and ob complications,” Dr. Thompson noted. “In the operating room, they had decent GU endocscopic equipment, so I was able to take the Ethiopian surgical chief resident through several TURPs (transurethral resection of the prostate). I also gave several didactic lectures to the residents covering urologic trauma and BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia).”

Ethiopian Medical Missions
Samuel Thompson, M.D., in front of the hospital in Ethiopia

Frances assisted with English classes and taught a cooking class for the hospital’s dietary department.

Dr. Thompson noted the trips are very rewarding and bring needed help, not a handout, to a developing country.

“Medical mission trips will expand your horizon, stretch your capabilities and help you appreciate the advantages and disadvantage of medicine in the West and the rest of the world,” he said. “We want to thank the ISMA for helping make this trip possible.”

Apply for the 2013 scholarship
The ISMA Medical Mission Scholarship is awarded each November and grants up to $3,000 to a member committed to a mission trip. Nominations for the 2013 award will be accepted starting

Sept. 1, 2012, for trips taken after that date. A recipient will be selected by random drawing.

Applicants must obtain endorsement of their 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

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