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Medical Missions 101 Gathering


Plano, TX

Saturday, May 19th 2018
8:00am to 6pm

Meet the Speakers

Bruce Steffes M.D.

Missionary Surgeon and former CMO and CEO PACCS- Pan African College of Christian Surgeons.

Jefferson McKenney M.D.

Missionary Surgeon and Founder and director of Loma De Luz Hospital in Honduras

Arnold Gorske M.D.

Pediatrician and CEO of Standards of Excellence in Healthcare Missions (SOEHM)

Greg Seager RN MSN

CEO Christian Health Service Corps and author of When Healthcare Hurts: An Evidence Based Guide for Best Practices in Global Health Initiatives.

Judith Blumhofer M.D.

CHSC Missionary Pediatrician Serving at Loma De Luz Mission Hospital in Honduras

Laura Smelter M.D.

Director of Training Christian Health Service Corps

Rev. Terry Dalrymple

Director Global CHE Network, Vice President of the Alliance for Transformational Ministry.

Preparing for Medical Missions

The purpose of this conference is to provide tools, knowledge and strategy to help your church, organization or mission program implement effective healthcare missions. We will also look at ways individuals, and groups can connect with Christian mission hospitals and health programs globally.

Topics discussed include: how to engage with mission hospitals, preparation for surgical work overseas, medical education as a mission model, bubble CPAP and other lifesaving strategies for low resource settings, what medications are and are not safe in developing communities, international standards for healthcare delivery in developing countries, and community health strategies for low resource settings.


Medical Missions 101 Live Event

Conference Organized and Facilitated by CRU and Christian Health Service Corps

to educate, encourage and engage those who share our passion for medical missions.

Hope Center
2001 W Plano Parkway
Plano, TX 75075



Conference Partners


Cost for this one day educational event is $69.00 and lunch is included. CME and CEU’s provided at No Charge for CMDA members.

For those who are not CMDA members there is an additional cost for CME/CEU credit of $40.00


Accreditation This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) and Christian Health Service Corps. Christian Medical & Dental Associations is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit The Christian Medical & Dental Associations designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Dental Credit The Christian Medical & Dental Associations is an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship/Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 1/1/2015 to 12/31/2018. Provider ID#218742. 7.25 Lecture Hours Available. No prior level of skill, knowledge, or experience is required (or suggested).

Nursing This activity has been submitted to the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) for approval to award contact hours. AAOHN is an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. CMDA’s Department of Continuing Education fully complies with the legal requirements of the ADA and the rules and regulations thereof.


  • Describe when and where bubble CPAP is an effective intervention.
  • Demonstrate how to assemble a bubble CPAP system.
  • Describe the purpose for integrated ministries such as Community Health Evangelism.
  • Identify transformational indicators used to measure the success of an integrated Community Health program.
  • List the steps in implementing a Community Health Evangelism program.
  • Analyze resources and collaborative partners to help build and expand these programs.
  • Discuss three keys to building successful integrated community health ministries.
  • Tell the story of successful CHE programs in different contexts around the world.
  • Describe how to monitor and adjust a bubble CPAP system.
  • Assess critical systems problems inherent in Short-term Medical Missions.
  • Identify simple evidence-based systems solutions to life threatening short-term mission drug-related problems.
  • Review WHO guidelines based on the work of missionary mentors, and scientific evidence.
  • Compare this holistic evidence-based approach to the short-term mission drug-based approach.
  • Summarize Christian missionary contributions to WHO international standards and guidelines.
  • Identify how short-term mission physicians, pharmacists, and other providers can have the greatest impact for patient health.
  • Discuss Best Practice references founded on evidence-based international standards and guidelines.
  • Review the missionary influence on WHO evidence-based guidelines to “save the most lives and prevent the most suffering.”
  • Demonstrate how even poorly funded urban churches and short-term global missions can utilize those guidelines to enable a long-term, culture-changing, community-wide impact, without the adverse effects of drug-based treatment (Health Screening & Education and other approaches).
  • Describe how the WHO guidelines for health education as well as treatment for non-communicable diseases has been utilized at all
    levels of care from hospital to local community; by physicians, nurses, pastors, teachers, as well as community health workers; in the US and throughout the world.
  • Compare this evidence-based and a holistic approach (WHO guidelines for health education as well as treatment for non-communicable
    diseases) with the drug-based approach for treatment/prevention of the most common causes of death and suffering in the US and
  • List necessary preparations and needed items for the delivery of safe medical surgical care in resource-limited settings.
  • Describe ways to engage in global health initiatives that support both patient safety and Christian mission hospitals, struggling to provide care and medical education in the developing world.
  • Discuss WHO/UNICEF and evidence-based guidelines and standards as they relate to child health in resource-poor settings.
  • Discuss WHO and evidence-based guidelines and standards as they relate to treating the most common tropical diseases.
  • Describe how to effectively practice medicine in resource-poor contexts through asking questions and discussing key ideas.
  • Describe the key standards, resources, and documents to guide international medical relief work in disaster and refugee situations.
  • Describe the scope of possible methods of serving as a medical educator.
  • Describe a holistic approach to the participants’ desired method of serving as a medical educator.
  • Discuss the issues confounding the development of Christian training programs.
  • Discuss WHO standards and guidelines for surgical safety in developing world hospitals.
  • Discuss the key points of the day.
  • Integrate learning from the different sessions.


As a sponsor accredited by the ACCME, the Department of Continuing Education of Christian Medical and Dental Associations, must insure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its sponsored educational activities.

All faculty and planning committee members participating in this CME Symposium were asked to disclose the following:

  1. The names of proprietary entities producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of non-profit or government organizations and non-health related companies with which they or their spouse/partner have, or have had, a relevant financial relationship within the past 12 months. For this purpose, we consider the relevant financial relationships of your spouse/partner that they are aware to be theirs;
  2. To describe what they or their spouse/partner received (ex: salary, honorarium etc.);
  3. To describe their role;
  4. To disclose that there was no relevant or financial relationships.

The CMDA CE Review Committee of John Pierce, MD, Chair; Jeff Amstutz, DDS; Lindsey Clarke, MD; Mike Chupp, MD; Stan Cobb, DDS; Gary Goforth, MD; Elizabeth Heredia, MD; Mary Hermiz, BSN, MSN, EdD (recused); Curtis High, DDS; Bruce MacFadyen, MD; Dale Michels, MD; Shawn Morehead, MD; Michael O’Callaghan, DDS; Jonathan Spenn, DMD; and Richard Voet, MD do not have any relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.