Mentoring in Medical Missions

Panel Discussion
Student Building (Block) The Porch SMC 301

Panel to be moderated by Dr. Lee

Panel Speakers:

Jeffrey S Leman, MD
Program Director, Family Medicine Residency
Associate Professor
Department of Family Community Medicine

David Burgess, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon
SIM Health Ministry Team - Advocacy Group
Former Medical Director, Beit Cure Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi

Margie Burgess
SIM Health Ministry Team - Advocacy Group

Even for the most committed Christian with a strong sense of calling, it is often a long and complicated road to becoming a long-term missionary. This is likely even more true for the medical missionary given the very long training process, potentially a high amount of incurred debt and many unique demands of overseas medical work. Mentorship during the years of training may encourage those who commit to medical mission work and better prepare those who do make it overseas. Similarly, mentorship once on the field may increase the effective of the ministry and promote retention and long-term service.

Objectives

1. We will first explore some lessons from the academic world where mentorship is an integral and required component for launching a successful academic career.
2. We will then explore how mentorship can encourage those committed to medical missions to actually serving long term overseas.
3. Finally, we will explore how mentorship can promote retention of those who are already serving on the field.