Myungsung Christian Medical Center, Ethiopia—Biochemist to Teach Biochemistry

Myungsung Christian Medical Center (MCM) is located in the eastern part of Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. It is a 161-bed facility, including (40) surgical, (25) medical, (20) pediatrics, (7) OBGs, (10) ER, and (11) intensive care. MCM offers ophthalmologic, dental, and hemo-dialysis services as part of community health programs. Long-term expatriate staff include three American general surgeons, two Korean OBGs, one U.S. pathologist, one Norwegian plastic surgeon, one Korean neurosurgeon, one U.S. orthopedic surgeon, one Canadian pediatric surgeon, one Korean nephrologist, one Korean radiologist, one Korean ophthalmologist, and one Korean dentist. There are approximately 30 Ethiopian GPs and specialists.

Fly by commercial air to the city of Addis Ababa. It is a short drive on paved roads to the hospital. Upon arrival at the hospital, volunteers are briefed by one of the physicians he will be working with. A short tour of the hospital is given by one of the hospital administrators or a physician. Further orientation is provided by a chaplain and inter-action with expatriate and national staff.

Amharic is the official language. Also spoken are English, Somali, Arabic, and many others. There are 86 languages spoken in Ethiopia.

The hospital performs over 3,000 major operations and 5,500 minor operations per year. There is fluoroscopy capability. MCM offers laparoscopic surgery. Fine needle aspirations are done. There is a portable x-ray in the operating rooms. Surgeries are performed daily and CRNAs provide anesthesia. Surgical services span a broad spectrum of surgical diseases including pediatric, adult, obstetric/ gynecologic, ENT, and orthopedics.

Myungsung Christian Medical Center is a Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons or PAACS program participant. PAACS has established surgical training programs at Christian hospitals in Africa. PAACS residents rotate working under the surgical sub-specialists. Short-term volunteers in both general surgery and sub-specialties including anesthesia and radiology should understand that teaching rather than clinical work is their primary goal. The curriculum is similar to the United States with both formal lecturing and hands-on clinical teaching. Volunteers should be in direct contact with hospital field staff prior to arrival to prepare for their teaching role.

Common diseases/trauma:

Top 5 diseases treated in ER in 2012.

Infectious diseases


Chronic Respiratory illness and cardiovascular diseases

Acute abdomen and other surgical emergencies

Labor and gynecological emergencies

About 4% of potential blood donors are positive for HIV. The most common “reportable” disease is TB. There is a high rate of trauma from automobile accidents and construction site accidents.

The individual volunteer is responsible for all costs associated with the trip. World Medical Mission personnel will provide assistance in arranging all travel, including international flights and in-country travel as well as any needed medical licenses, visas or, permits.

If you are a biochemist who can teach biochemistry, currently licensed in the U.S. or Canada, and are interested in filling this ongoing need, please contact Sandy Souto by email or by phone at 828-278-1006.