Hilarie Cranmer – 2015 INMED Humanitarian Crisis Response Award Recipient

July 17th, 2015 by INMED | Comments Off on Hilarie Cranmer – 2015 INMED Humanitarian Crisis Response Award Recipient

cranmer-hilarieAt the 2015 Exploring Medical Missions Conference we enjoyed the pleasure of recognizing Hilarie Cranmer, a physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Director of their Global Disaster Response unit. She has served in post-conflict Kosovo, tsunami-affected Indonesia and Sri Lanka, hurricane-impacted Louisiana, earthquake-devastated Haiti and Arab-spring affected Tunisia.


With the 2014 emergence of Ebola, Dr. Cranmer was appointed Technical Advisor for Ebola Response for the International Medical Corps, providing high-level training for in-country health care workers, and for coordinating direct patient care in the affected countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Throughout, Dr. Cranmer uses her experience in disaster response to help prepare leaders in the fields of emergency medicine and humanitarian crises.

Earthquake Zone – India’s Emmanuel Hospital Association

July 10th, 2015 by INMED | Comments Off on Earthquake Zone – India’s Emmanuel Hospital Association



April’s earthquake in Nepal drew refreshing attention to the culture and needs of Himalayan people. Located just across Nepal’s boarder is India’s Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) – an INMED Training Site. A high proportion of India’s wonderful people continue to suffer from preventable infections, tuberculosis, malaria, dysentary, malnutrition, and pregnancy-childbirth related complications. Most Indian women deliver in their villages on their own or with the help of a village midwife (Dai), and those who present to hospital are usually emergency cases.


EHA is a network of 21 hospitals and 27 community health projects, and is committed to the transformation of communities with programs that invest in the health and well being of everyone, irrespective of caste, creed or race. With a catchment population of nearly seven million, EHA provides more than 500,000 patient consultations each year. What’s more, EHA faculty are eager to share their skills with INMED students, who learn not only the professional skills but also the life skills of serving in the Himalayas.


20,000 Cataracts Out ~ For 19,999 Sight Restored

July 2nd, 2015 by INMED | Comments Off on 20,000 Cataracts Out ~ For 19,999 Sight Restored



Steve Collins began his career as a pastor in Newfoundland, Canada. As one of the few educated individuals, town’s people began bringing all their sick to him for treatment advice. So off he went to medical school. In 1991, about the time I myself moved to Angola, Dr Collins was also drawn to that nation’s abhorrent health crisis. Trained ophthalmology, he set out providing eye care to the eastern half of the country – the most remote and impoverished.


Cataracts are extremely common in Angola – blinding thousands of people each year in this nation where most survive on just pennies a day. After 20 years of ophthalmic work in Angola, Dr. Collins just marked his 20,000th cataract removal, many performed at Lubango Evangelical Medical Center – an INMED Training Site.  Contributing to this amazing feat is that Dr. Collins is 75 years of age and has performed all these surgeries by hand under a microscope. Such manual techniques are seldom used anymore in wealthier nations, but are essential in Angola’s low-resource context. And for how many people has Collins witnessed sight restored? 19,999. Truly his is a life very well lived!


But what about that person whose sight was NOT restored? View this Three Minute Video of Dr. Collins in Action – and be inspired.

2015 INMED Butterfield United States Public Health Class

June 26th, 2015 by INMED | Comments Off on 2015 INMED Butterfield United States Public Health Class

2015 Butterfield INMED US Public Health Class


Introducing the 2015 INMED Butterfield United States Public Health Class. Throughout June and July these learners are participating in the INMED United States Public Health Hybrid Course, with their daily service-learning clinical experience at Oklahoma City Christian safety net clinics: Good Shepherd Clinic, Open Arms Clinic, and Crossing Community Clinic. The academic subjects INMED provides include the weighty ones of Community and Personal Health Assessment, Cross-Cultural Skills, Immigrant Health, Health Literacy, Community Development, Mental Health/Substance Abuse, Spiritual Care, Healthcare Systems, and Financing Healthcare.


This learning experience will qualify them to receive to INMED United States Public Health Diploma. The Butterfield Memorial Foundation in Oklahoma City provides financial support for this opportunity as part of their initiative to inspire a growing number of healthcare students to seriously consider career service to marginalized people. Are you considering a similar calling? INMED would be pleased to speak with you.

Fred Loper – 2015 INMED National Healthcare Service Award Recipient

June 19th, 2015 by INMED | Comments Off on Fred Loper – 2015 INMED National Healthcare Service Award Recipient

Nicholas Comninellis, Fred Loper, and Elizabeth Burgos

Nicholas Comninellis, Fred Loper, and Elizabeth Burgos


As a medical student at the University of Oklahoma, Fred Loper was recruited to help start Good Shepherd Clinic in Oklahoma City – a ministry launched after a homeless man had his wound stitched by a bartender in a local tavern because people thought he had no where else to go for treatment. That formative event set the direction for Dr. Loper’s entire career. Following graduation, Dr. Loper proceeded to lead the Baptist Medical Dental Fellowship, facilitating healthcare in multiple nations, including Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Ghana, and Cuba.


Since 2012 Dr. Loper has again made his home in Oklahoma City where he is also again at the helm of Good Shepherd Clinic. This comprehensive outpatient center provides medical and dental care that includes prevention, acute illness, and continuity care for low-income, un- and under- insured people throughout central Oklahoma.

Meredith Jackson RN – 2015 INMED International Medicine Award Recipient

June 12th, 2015 by INMED | Comments Off on Meredith Jackson RN – 2015 INMED International Medicine Award Recipient

jackson-meredithThis INMED award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to health in developing nations. The award winners have demonstrated uncommon dedication and endurance in pursuit of this cause, and have included Cindy Obenhaus RN, Bruce Steffes MD, Joe LeMaster MPH, and Cathy Hoelzer PA.


The 2015 INMED International Medicine Award Recipient is Meredith Jackson, RN, MA. Since 2003 Meredith has partnered with Kansas City-based Medical Missions Foundation, and Medical Aid to Children of Latin America (MACLA), to provide surgical specialty care via her twenty-eight trips to Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Mani and Uganda. She brings her special qualifications in human resources, pre-op and post-op care, and vascular access to those in these developing nations, as well as at Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital. To nurses considering similar service, Meredith Jackson advises “Jump in and do it. There is usually a role for a nurse with any background who is open to adapting to whatever skill is needed.”


Gary Morsch – 2015 INMED Compassionate Service To Humanity Award Recipient

June 5th, 2015 by INMED | Comments Off on Gary Morsch – 2015 INMED Compassionate Service To Humanity Award Recipient



“Would serving people in serious need help to fulfill my life?” is a question frequently posed to Gary Morsch. He replies, “People really do want to help one another, but they often don’t know how to do it.” Dr. Morsch has invested his entire life in assisting people discover just how. In 1993 he organized the first Physicians With Heart airlift of goodwill medical supplies to the new Russian Federation. Heart to Heart International grew out of that initiative to become one of today’s leading global humanitarian organizations, providing disaster assistance, healthcare supplies, and primary medical care in Haiti, Nepal, and the United States.


Recognizing and partnering with Gary Morsch and those of similar caliber is one of the most heartening privileges of serving with the Institute for International Medicine. Since 2008 he and other INMED Service Award recipients continue to be honored and exemplified.

South Sudan Dream Fulfilled

May 29th, 2015 by INMED | Comments Off on South Sudan Dream Fulfilled



The most recent INMED Blog post from May 22 describes the remarkable journey of Sara Granville, 2009 INMED Diploma graduate, who recently began serving in South Sudan. But there is more to this heartwarming story that will intrigue you…


The 2013 INMED International Medicine Award recipient was Cathy Hoelzer, a physician assistant who also serves in rugged South Sudan’s largest refugee camp as the SIM Health Program Manager. Cathy contacted us at INMED last year asking if INMED could assist her to recruit colleagues. INMED enjoys a large network of qualified individuals, but had no direct response to this Cathy’s particular appeal. Cathy Hoelzer just wrote again, however, to say that INMED Graduate Sara Granville is actually working alongside her in South Sudan.


What I find most inspiring about this account is the similar heart attitudes of Cathy, Sara, and many of our other colleagues who of their own volition seek out opportunities to serve formerly forsaken people the world over.

“Greetings from South Sudan!”

May 22nd, 2015 by INMED | Comments Off on “Greetings from South Sudan!”

granville-sara“Greetings from South Sudan! I just wanted to send you a thank you for your thoughts and prayers…” Sara Granville is physician assistant from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In 2009 Sara earned the INMED International Medicine & Public Health Diploma. This formative experience included a month of service learning at Clinica Evangelica Morava, INMED’s Training Site in eastern Honduras.


Following graduation from UNMC Sara expanded her vision to service one of the most desperate populations on earth. South Sudan, tragically, has been embroiled in civil conflict for decades. The current war escalated in December, 2013, creating waves of displaced people, cholera epidemics, some 2.5 million people lacking food security, and suspected resurgence of polio.


Ongoing uncertainty is one of the realities of providing care amid such unrest. Sara writes from her city, “Doro has been safe and has always felt safe. Praise God that He is in control of all governments. Praise Him that everything is calm in Doro. Please pray for me to trust God with everything–language learning, possessions, medical decisions, friendships. And pray for the people–they have been through a lot of hurt. Many turn to alcohol (which they make from their sorghum rations) to ease their hunger and pain. Pray for the men especially to turn to Jesus and to be leaders in their families.”

Can You Solve This Case Of Malnutrition?

May 15th, 2015 by INMED | Comments Off on Can You Solve This Case Of Malnutrition?



The two-year old child in this photo presents to your health center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Family members explain that eight months ago their farm was attacked by bandits. No one in the family, including this child named Aamir, has eaten regularly since then. What’s more, Aamir in recent days has developed fever, diarrhea and lethargy.


On initial physical examination you note that Aamir is poorly responsive to stimulation. His temperature is thirty-eight degrees C, respirations are thirty per minute, pulse is ninety, and blood pressure is unobtainable. He has extreme muscle wasting throughout and loss of adipose tissue but no peripheral edema. Aamir’s measurement of mid-arm circumference and skin fold thickness are well below the norms. Your diagnosis is marasmus.


Your FIRST priority in the management of this child with acute protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) is which ONE of the following:


A Treatment of coexisting fever and diarrheal illnesses
B Provision of high-concentration protein supplement
C Administration of micronutrient supplements
D Immediate refeeding
E Correction of hydration and acid-base alterations


Explanation: The correct answer is E. The management of acute PEM can be separated into two stages. The first stage is stabilization, to immediately correct hydration and acid-base alterations. The second stage is refeeding. This can begin as soon as medical problems are reasonably stable and rehydration is complete. It may be necessary to begin initial refeeding slowly in persons who have advanced PEM or kwashiorkor because of damage to the intestinal mucosa. During the period of renutrition, micronutrient supplements and attention to any coexisting medical illnesses may also be indicated.


Ten days later, Aamir, is alert and being fed F-100 – a 100 kcal/100 ml formula made from concentrated milk powder, food oil, and dextrin. During the coming weeks your care of this malnourished child will include which ONE of the following:


A Vitamin A supplementation
B Nutrition education to avoid legumes
C Removal of hookworms from feet
D Avoidance of vitamin C
E Provision locally mined salt


Explanation: The correct answer is A. The mainstay of therapy is continued administration of high energy, high protein food. Children of this age should also receive Vitamin A supplementation from prevention of xerophthalmia. Legumes are an important source of energy, though they may be deficient in iron. Hookworm initially penetrate the feet but reside in the intestines, requiring oral treatment. Vitamin C is important to aid in iron absorption. Non-commercially produced salt is unlikely to contain iodine supplement, contributing to iodine deficiency.


Would you like to take action on behalf of children like Aamir? Begin by arming yourself with the necessary knowledge and skills and experience though one of INMED numerous opportunities, including a supervised learning experience with one of our mentors in twenty-five developing nations. Be prepared when you care for a child like Aamir.