Is the Lord calling you to a career in medical missions? Are you wondering how to make the transition from residency or fellowship to the mission field? If so, the World Medical Mission Post-Residency Program has been created for you.
The Post-Residency Program is a fully funded two-year program for gifted and dedicated Christian physicians and their families who have been called to medical missions. Immediately following your residency, we will place you at a mission hospital where you will serve within your specialty. We provide logistical and financial support and may also be able to help you find assistance for repaying student loans while you serve alongside career medical missionaries. The application deadline is June 1st in the year prior to the beginning of your last year of training. For example, if you are completing residency in June 2015, your application is due June 1, 2014. Selections will be made in early September of the year in which your application is received.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I apply?
Applications will be made available to interested applicants in January. The application deadline is June 1 prior to the beginning of your last year of training. For example, if you are completing residency in June 2014, your application is due June 1, 2013. For an application or to be added to the distribution list, please email email@example.com. Please be sure to include your name, contact information, specialty and anticipated date of completion of your training.
How are candidates selected?
A committee of World Medical Mission senior staff members will review applications and interview qualified individuals for approval for the Post-Residency Program. The committee will consider your medical specialty, testimony, references, the leading of the Lord in your life, and your long-term career goals. Second-language skills are helpful but not required.
Do I get to choose where I serve?
The committee will present you with two options of mission hospitals and sending organizations that can use your specialty and provide mentorship during these first two years. However, the final decision is up to you.
Where could I be assigned?
Typical assignments will be in established mission hospitals and clinics in Africa, Asia, the South Pacific and Latin America within the network of World Medical Mission partner hospitals.
What might I be doing?
You will be working as a physician within your specialty caring, serving and teaching in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. As with all types of medical missions, flexibility will be essential as you can be sure you will be challenged.
What kind of preparation will I receive?
The Post-Residency Program staff will work with you and your family from the time your application is approved through your two years of service. We will assist you with all ministry-related travel and country-specific field requirements. Prior to serving, you will be brought to the Samaritan’s Purse international headquarters in Boone, North Carolina, for orientation. What about my school loans? Post-Resident physicians are not eligible for the Project MedSend grant. However, we are prepared to assist you as you raise support to cover your basic student loan.
Do I need to raise support?
Samaritan’s Purse will pay a modest stipend and provide airfare, insurance, immunizations and ministry-related travel expenses to the physician. We will also provide housing and a food allowance for you and your family. The support you will need to raise will be to cover your family’s airfare, benefits and ministry-related expenses. The ministry will not take any administrative fees from the funds you raise.
How do I transition to a sending agency?
From the outset of the program the Post-Residency staff will assist you in finding a mission sending agency that is the right fit for you and your family. By starting at the beginning, we can help you seamlessly transition to the long-term sending agency and minimize your time spent at home raising support and completing the necessary sending organization requirements between assignments.
If you have additional questions, please contact us using the form at the bottom of our Serving Overseas page. You can also request an application using this form. Please include complete contact information as well as your expected residency or fellowship completion date.