Physicians have a natural inclination to help others; that’s why most chose medicine as a career, after all. Even with a full-time workload, some find they still want more time to share their expertise for the benefit of patients in need of care. Lynette Morrison, MD is one of them. The MedExpress Urgent Care provider has made six trips to treat patients around the world with a “medical mission” organization called International Medical Relief (IMR). Her first trip, in 2011 while she was still in residency, took her to Ghana. She’s since visited the Philippines, Panama, Zambia, and Senegal. In an article posted on PracticeLink, she says the experiences have amounted to a literally life-changing journey that has moved her to focus less on material things while also helping her develop into a more well-rounded physician. IMR says most of its trips run 7–10 days and cost from $2,500 to $4,500 per person. Typically, volunteers pay out of pocket, while others raise funds in their communities to offset the cost. Some employers offer to reimburse at least part of the cost as a donation, as well.
Arkansas Urgent Care Doc Donates Services as a Medical Missionary