Continuing Education for Overseas Healthcare Professionals
Why educating faith-based health professionals overseas matters
- The World Health Organization released a report revealing that between 30 percent and 70 percent of the health infrastructure in Africa is currently owned by faith-based organizations.
- The Gallup World Poll asked sub-Saharan Africans in 19 countries about their confidence in eight social and political institutions. Overall across the continent, they were most likely to say they were confident in the religious organizations (76 percent) in their countries.
What the CMDE is and does
- The CMDE Conference is the world's largest meeting of healthcare professionals serving overseas—primarily physicians.
- The 550 attending the 10-day, February 2017 CMDE represented 65 countries, with the majority of participants from far eastern countries. All continents were represented at the conference. The conference also includes national physicians working in faith-based facilities and physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses.
- CMDE helps healthcare providers, serving in developing countries, maintain continuing education requirements for their licensure in the United States. In 2017, CMDE offered over 60 continuing education credits during its annual international conference; a total of 10,619 credits were awarded from four tracks including Surgical, Medical/Pediatrics, Dental and Public Health. Infectious disease updates over years includes malaria, influenza, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Dengue Fever, as well as updates in surgery, dental and public health. During the pre-conference, certified hands-on workshops in Basic Life Support, Advance Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support and helping babies breathe were offered as well as courses in ultrasound, casting and splinting, faculty development and strategic planning for hospitals, clinics and health programs.
- Since 1978, the annual conference supplies CE needs for healthcare professionals as well as offering spiritual, physical and social refreshment. Each year we are told by attendees that it is a key activity to help them stay on the field.
- Volunteers make it possible. More than 100 volunteer faculty pay their own expenses to educate participants. Volunteer physicians from the U.S. pay their own expenses to assume participants' duties in their home facilities to cover for their absence while attending CMDE. A total of 30 U.S. volunteers provide children’s services and programs. Volunteers also facilitate a separate spouses' program.
 "Faith-based organizations play a major role in HIV/AIDS care and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa," February 8, 2007. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2007/np05/en/index.html.
 Participants attend with financial assistance from their facilities and scholarships provided by the Christian Medical Association. Still, many physicians and their families cannot attend for financial reasons. Scholarships for needy physicians would enable them and their families to attend CMDE and expand the educational reach and global health impact of the conference, especially in very poor countries. Please donate to the CMDE Scholarship fund.