CMDA Dermatology Stewardship Options
- Volunteer For Healthcare For the Poor
Go to www.cmda.org/missions and click on Healthcare For the Poor. A link for clinics serving the poor is available. Most clinics will work with volunteer dermatologists for patients to be seen in their office or arrange for a designated day to schedule dermatology patients at the facility.
- Volunteer for MD2ndopinion
MD2ndopinion Coordinator Jill Johnson needs six or seven additional dermatologists (currently there are two CMDA dermatologist volunteers) for this teledermatology consultation service from medical missionaries overseas. CMDA CEO Dr. David Stevens has emphasized that there is no medical liability since this is communication from one physician to another physician. There are generally only one or two consultations per week. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Volunteer for CMDA Dermatology Section leadership
Various areas for contribution to the ongoing CMDA Dermatology Section functions are available. A short meeting after the annual Sunday morning meeting is the best time for direct information or contact email@example.com any time.
- Volunteer for Global Health Outreach (GHO) medical mission trips
GHO has about 50 medical mission trips going out each year. Some sensitive area trips are not listed on the GHO Trip Calendar. Go to www.ghotrips.org to view trips. Other available organizations include Presbyterian Church in America’s Mission to the World (www.mtw.org/medical) with about 50 medical mission trips each year and SIM (www.simusa.org) Unless the trip is a particular specialty trip, most trip leaders welcome a CMDA dermatologist.
- Volunteer for Medical Education International (MEI) trips MEI focuses on academic education of similar specialists in overseas medical schools or teaching hospitals. Many scheduled trips welcome various specialists. Go to www.cmda.org/mei.
- Volunteer to be a sounding board/mentor for a CMDA resident
CMDA Regional Directors or CMDA National Office will frequently have a CMDA resident who requests a CMDA member who will act as a sounding board for various life issues. This can be addressed locally if the resident is in one’s area or remotely via cell phone and email. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Attend CMDA National Convention
This yearly convention has excellent plenary speakers and also multiple breakout sessions with CME. Go to www.cmda.org/nationalconvention.
- Attend Global Missions Health Conference
This is the largest and best missions conference available. Each year in early November, approximately 3000 attendees gather at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY for this CMDA sponsored conference. CME is available for multiple breakout sessions. Go to www.medicalmissions.com.
- View Grace Prescriptions DVDs
The Grace Prescriptions presentations help physicians to be able to ethically share their faith with patients in a clinical setting. This is a “second generation” Saline Solution. Go to www.cmda.org/gracerx to view a portion of the presentation, find live presentations or to order the video series.
- Contribute to CMDA Dermatology Scholarship
This is a newly established scholarship to assist primarily dermatology residents and secondarily nurses, nursing students, medical residents and medical students in participating in their first Global Health Outreach short term medical missions experience, enabling them to become familiar with the cultural, social, spiritual, and medical problems in developing countries while allowing them to serve the underserved. Applications are reviewed by the GHO Director, and the amount of the award will be up to $500 to be used for project and transportation related expenses. More remote, longer trips are open for higher amounts. For more information and application go to this link.
For more information about any of the above options, contact email@example.com.