Medical Student Missions: Continuing Medical Education and Volunteering in Haiti: Jan 21 - 28, 2012

Protecting volunteers, responding to natural disasters, promoting global health

Blend your passion with your profession with volunteering: join Medical Student Missions, in Haiti. Based at the Centre de Formation Lévêque, Verrettes, Haiti, the program includes lodging, meals, 26.5 CME credits, including Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine credits and FAWM volunteer service hour opportunities. The cost is $1,950 all inclusive.  The program will take place from January 21 to January 28, 2012.

Learn and work aside a world-renown faculty in travel medicine and global health.

Christopher Van Tilburg, MD, Program Chairman, is Editor-in-Chief, Wilderness Medicine, author of nine books, Past Board Member of Wilderness Medical Society, and active member of Mountain Rescue Association.

David Schlim, MD, is director of Jackson Hole Travel and Tropical Medicine, Editor of The CDC Yellow Book and President Elect, International Society of Travel Medicine (

Col. Alan J. Magill, MD, is Program Manager at Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, Associate Professor of Medicine & Preventive Medicine & Biometrics at Uniformed Services University and Editor, The CDC Yellow Book. He is Past President of the International Society of Travel Medicine (

William W. Forgey, MD is founder of Medical Student Missions, Board Member of the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers ( , and Past President of Wilderness Medical Society

Dirk Vermeyen specialist in the role of leaf doctors and voodoo in local health care.

The 26.5 CME hours topics cover essentials of travel medicine and global health:

Travel immunizations  and precautions

•Water disinfection: large and small scale

•Understanding Risk in Travel Medicine and Volunteering

•Malaria, Rabies, Traveler’s Diarrhea and other afflictions

•Medical Kits 

•Evaluating Fever in Returning Traveler

•Experts Roundtable: travel medicine cases and tropical medicine cases

•Special environments: Heat, cold, altitude, jungle, desert, and children

•Lectures by local health care providers

Cost for this program is $1950 inclusive of CME and all in-country charges. Please see below for more information.

The program includes:

•Cost of CME hours (no non-CME package is available)

•Round trip in-country transfers from Port-au-Prince airport and return from Verrettes.

•Emergency housing in PAP if necessary due to adverse weather on in-bound trip.

•Emergency housing in appropriate location if flight cancellation, adverse weather or political unrest on exit trip.

•Quarters in the Centre de formation Leveque, Barrage Vincent, Verrettes, Haiti, our headquarters villa.

•Remarkable local cuisine prepared by a superb Haitian staff with produce from the Centre’s farms.

•Vehicle support while in-country, if needed for mission locations

What this does not include:

Round trip air fare to Port-au-Prince

•Your immunizations, and prophylactic and personal medications

•Your trip interruption and evacuation insurance (which is a requirement for attendance)

•Alcoholic refreshments, which are available at a very reasonable cost.

•Local nightclub or disco costs

Medical Student Missions, Inc, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All proceeds from this program support our mission to provide Learning through service opportunities for our volunteers to work alongside their Haitian counterparts in rural community health clinics.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education through the joint sponsorship of The Wilderness Medical Society and Medical Student Missions, Inc. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 26.5 AMA PRA Category I Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

•Mosquito netting, fans, sheets, pillows, beds with mattresses.

•Emergency air conditioning available


•Security guard at night and accompaniment by our security representative when traveling.

•Wi-Fi and email connection in Verrettes (intermittent, but usually several hours per day)

•Access to cell phone or satellite phone service.

•Opportunity to provide needed volunteer service in the Centre Medical Dumarsais Estime (hospital, HIV, emergency and general wards), 16 Rue Boyer, Verrettes, Haiti

•Opportunity to help run a community health clinic in conjunction with the above hospital.

•Unique opportunities, depending upon skill level, to work in a remote mountain clinic, spending overnights with local staff and translator.

•Interaction with local “leaf” healers and cultural program, including an exposure to the interaction between local healers and Western medicine as practiced in rural Haiti.

•The ability to perform volunteer response to unique local medical emergencies

•Social functions in our villa with other international health team members

•All meals in Haiti when serving away from the villa in Verrettes


•         A Medical Student Missions scrub top made and embroidered by local craftspersons.

Medical Student Mission  CME Haiti Jan 2012 Program

Sat. Jan 21 arrive at PAP, transfer to Verettes

Sun Jan 22

0730-0800. Breakfast

0800-0830. Opening remarks/orientation. Drs. Forgey and Van Tilburg

0830-0930 am Before you go: Protecting Travelers, Volunteers, Emergency-workers; Dr. Van Tilburg (1.0)

0930-1030 Pre-travel Immunizations , Dr. Schlim (1.0).

1030-1100 Break

1100-1200 Water disinfection: large scale, Dr. Forgey, (1.0)

1200 Lunch

0500 Dinner

Mon Jan 23

0730-0800. Breakfast

0800-0900. Understanding Risk in Travel Medicine and Volunteering, Dr. Schlim (1.0).

0900-1000 Malaria:  prophylaxis and prevention, Dr. McGill (1.0).

1000-1015 Break

1015-1115 Traveler’s diarrhea including cholera, Dr. Schlim (1.0).

1115-1215 Malaria:  diagnosis and treatment, Dr. McGill (1.0).

          1200 Lunch

1300-1600 Cholera Clinic/Hospital Tour, Dr. Forgey (1.5)

          1700 Dinner

1830-2030 The Leaf Doctors: What Role does Voodoo Play in Local Health Care? Dirk Vermeyen (2.0)

Tues  Jan 24

0730-0800. Breakfast

0800-0900. Medical Kits for international travel, first response, and urban disasters, Dr. Van Tilburg (1.0).

0900-1000 Rabies, Dr. Schlim 1.0).

1000-1100 Fever in Returning Traveler, Dr. McGill (1.0)

1200 Lunch

1300-1600 Model Farm Tour (1.5)

0500 Dinner

1830-1930 Experts Roundtable: travel medicine cases. Drs. Van Tilburg (moderator), Forgey, Schlim, McGill (1.0)

Wed Jan 25

0730-0800. Breakfast

0800-0900. Is it safe for kids? Pediatric travel medicine, Dr. Van Tilburg (1.0)

0900-1000 Special environments: Heat, cold, altitude, jungle, desert. Dr. Van Tilburg (1.0).

1000-1100 Tropical medicine case studies, Dr. McGill (1.0)

1200 Lunch

1300-1600 Cholera Clinic, Dr. Forgey

0500 Dinner

Thurs. Jan 26

0730-0800. Breakfast

0800-1100. Community Health Clinic, Dr. Forgey

1200 Lunch

1300-1600 Community Health Clinic, Dr. Forgey

0500 Dinner

Fri, Jan 27

0730-0800. Breakfast

0800-1100. Community Health Clinic, Dr. Forgey

1200 Lunch

1300-1600 Community Health  Clinic, Dr. Forgey

0500 Dinner

Sat, Jan 28

0730-0800. Breakfast

          0830 transfer to PAP

Trip/CME Costs

The CME program will be held from 21 through 28 January 2012. The cost of the seven day CME trip is $1,950.00. The web site goes into the details of what is included in this operational cost, but we take care of all of your in-country transportation, housing, food, translators, security, and equipment needs. This price does not include your flight and insurance costs, but does include the cost of the CME course. There is no non-CME  package. This program is limited to 30 participants.


Flight/Travel Information

It is necessary that you purchase your ticket for American Airlines flight number 575, which departs from Miami at 2:25 p.m. and arrives in Port-au-Prince at 4:20 p.m. (no exceptions on arrival time) on January 21st, 2012. Our travel coordinator Nicole Scott has advised us that this flight number /departure time from Miami and its arrival time in PAP may be subjected to several time and even flight number changes between now and January 1st. It still behooves you to purchase your ticket as soon as possible. This will allow the holders of these tickets to be transferred in block to a common departure/arrival time.  Holders of these tickets will be notified by American Airlines for changes in the itinerary, and we will attempt to notify our current correspondents via email of schedule changes as we identify them. Our staff will be at the corresponding gate in Miami to meet you in advance. We will have security and transportation also waiting in the outside airport parking lot in PAP when we arrive. There is no waiting area once you arrive to PAP, so arriving early is also not an option. Depending upon your connecting flight, this may require an overnight stay in Miami (MIA) to confirm that the AA 575 flight is feasible. For your return flight, we will arrive to PAP airport at 10 a.m., so your return ticket should not be booked before 12 p.m. on January 28th, 2012.  When you decide to purchase your air tickets, please attach me, Eric Clement (, to your record locator so we have your itinerary on hand.

Please look over our website; especially note the additional information at Fill out the entry form at Feel free to contact us with any questions. Email me; Eric Clement at    Below is a step by step process of what to do next.


Step by Step

1.       Read through our website thoroughly, including the CME itinerary.

2.       Make sure you have an updated passport, which you can do here.

3.       Fill out the online entry form here , if you have not already done so.

4.      Please purchase your air tickets/insurance and attach to the record locator.

5.       Fill out and return the medical health history form found under the travel tab.

6.       Make sure you obtain the suggested immunizations and prophylaxis here.

7.       Fill out and return the travel waiver form found under the travel tab.

8.       Make full payment for total travel cost at least three weeks prior to departure date, and submit your payment of $1,950.00 via check or by credit card below.

9.       Read through the Travel Tab of our website for information on what to expect and items to bring.

10.     Read the Department of State Travel Warning for Haiti and the CDC health advisory.

11.    Gear up and have fun!


*The forms can be faxed to (219) 769-6035, or sent via post mail to 109 East 89th Avenue, Merrillville, IN, 46410. Payment can be made by check to the address previously listed, or you may choose to pay through the donation tab on our website for convenience.

Please make your full payment of $1950 via our secure check-out.