Aileen Stiller-Turner, M.D., recipient of ISMA’s 2011 Medical Mission Sponsorship, recently returned from a two-week trip to Guatemala. For six years, the LaPorte ob/gyn has made trips to the third-world country to assist with surgeries and work in village clinics.
Volunteering through the organization Faith in Practice, Dr. Stiller-Turner joined 40 other health professionals to care for hundreds of patients.
“The village team was rewarding because of the appreciation shown by so many of the patients,” she said. “Even those we could not help told us they felt less poor and isolated because we showed that the world cared about them.”
Clinics were held in schools where desktops were used as exam tables. The team treated patients for diabetes, hypertension and ulcer-like pain.
“I brought along 30 pregnancy tests from the Dollar Store, which turned out to be very useful,” noted Dr. Stiller-Turner. “We gave every patient Tylenol, vitamins and a worm pill. They repeatedly showed their thanks with smiles, handshakes and kisses.”
Apply for the 2012 award
The ISMA’s annual Medical Mission Sponsorship, awarded in November, grants up to $3,000 to a member engaged in a medical mission trip.
Nominations for the 2012 award will be accepted starting Sept. 1, 2011. A recipient will again be selected by random drawing.
Applicants must obtain the endorsement of their county medical society or alliance to be considered. Application letters should be forwarded to the ISMA.
To apply, include:
- Your name, address, email and phone numbers
- Dates and location of proposed trip
- Information about other sponsors and/or mission coordinators
- Appropriate documentation,including expense details
Find more information on the ISMA website.