Last February, Steven Herbst, MD, of Muncie completed his 10th medical mission trip. With the support of the ISMA’s Medical Mission Sponsorship, he traveled to Guatemala where he and other Indiana physicians performed 113 surgeries on 76 patients over four days.
“I am thankful for the scholarship,” said Dr. Herbst. “All of it went to the patients in Guatemala and to Operation Walk Mooresville, our sponsor.”
While there, his team replaced 72 knees, 26 hips, and performed five ankle and 10 foot surgeries. One ankle surgery was a total ankle replacement, believed to be the first in Guatemala.
|Dr. Herbst (center) with other surgeons in Guatemala
“We accomplished our goals and even added some surgeries. The entire week was devoted to taking care of patients,” he said. "I like medical mission trips because they allow us to care for patients without the distractions of everyday medicine in the U.S. It’s fun and the people are so grateful.”
|Steven Herbst, MD, (right) with the organizer of Operation Walk, Merrill Ritter, MD
The orthopaedic surgeon urged physicians to consider taking a medical mission trip.
“As physicians, we lose sight of our purpose. I recommend anyone who has a heart for medical missions to go. For those who are unable to go, I encourage them to support those who do go,” urged Dr. Herbst.
Read more about Operation Walk Mooresville and the Guatemala trip on their website.
Don’t miss the deadline for next scholarship
The next application period will be Sept. 1, 2015, for trips taken after that date and into 2016. A grant of up to $3,000 is awarded to an ISMA member committed to a mission trip.
To apply, you must first receive the endorsement of your county medical society.
Then, submit a letter to the ISMA and include:
- Your name, address, email and phone number(s)
- Dates and location of proposed trip
- Information about other sponsors and/or mission coordinator
- Appropriate documentation, including expense details
Recipients are selected by random drawing in November. For questions, call the ISMA at (317) 261-2060 or (800) 257-4762.