Medical Providers

Mission Trips for Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers

Independent medical providers include medical doctors, advanced practice providers (NP, PA, CRNA, NMW, etc.) and licensed therapists (RT, PT, OT, etc.).

IMR clinics rely on physicians and advanced practice providers to diagnose and treat sick patients. Because of the nature of volunteering, the make-up of the medical team on each trip is different. Our providers may be specialists in pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, infectious disease, pain management (including acupuncture and chiropractic providers), physical medicine, geriatrics, family practice, or mental health. Nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists work side-by-side  with our physicians and advanced practice volunteers to provide comprehensive care for our patients.  Nurses care for our well and mostly well patients and assess and recommend over-the-counter medications or work under standing orders to treat specific conditions.  Our volunteers work in highly collaborative care teams that requires every team member, including students and non-medical volunteers, to care for patients well.

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primary roles

  • Diagnose and treat acute illness and emergent conditions in clinic. Because of limited resources within the local health care systems, we treat chronic conditions primarily with patient education.
  • Diagnose and treat well or mostly well patients, as required for good patient care, depending on patient load and team make-up.
  • Perform within the scope of practice for your licensure, including diagnosis, treatment, medication prescribing, and performing necessary minor procedures, as appropriate.
  • Work with pharmacists, nurses, EMS, and students in highly collaborative care teams that enable consultation and patient transfer among providers.
  • Provide direct supervision and education for professional students on the IMR team, local professional students volunteering with the IMR team, and technical health care workers volunteering with the team.
  • Educate patients at your station based on their specific diagnoses and health needs.
  • Educate family members and provide care for transmittable diseases as appropriate, to include sexually transmitted infections, fecal- and water-borne infections, skin infections, and eye infections.
  • Refer patients for additional care to local hospitals or health centers as required and in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer and the IMR Team Leader.
  • Understand and comply with all IMR policies and procedures as outlined in the Provider Guidelines.
  • Diagnose and treat acute illness and emergent conditions in clinic. Because of limited resources within the local health care systems, we treat chronic conditions primarily with patient education.
  • Diagnose and treat well or mostly well patients, as required for good patient care, depending on patient load and team make-up.
  • Perform within the scope of practice for your licensure, including diagnosis, treatment, medication prescribing, and performing necessary minor procedures, as appropriate.
  • Work with pharmacists, nurses, EMS, and students in highly collaborative care teams that enable consultation and patient transfer among providers.
  • Provide direct supervision and education for professional students on the IMR team, local professional students volunteering with the IMR team, and technical health care workers volunteering with the team.
  • Educate patients at your station based on their specific diagnoses and health needs.
  • Educate family members and provide care for transmittable diseases as appropriate, to include sexually transmitted infections, fecal- and water-borne infections, skin infections, and eye infections.
  • Refer patients for additional care to local hospitals or health centers as required and in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer and the IMR Team Leader.
  • Understand and comply with all IMR policies and procedures as outlined in the Provider Guidelines.

Chief Medical Officer

Each trip has an assigned Chief Medical Officer. The CMO oversees all medical treatment and medical volunteers (nurses, physicians, PAs, NPs, Paramedics, and EMTs) in IMR clinics. All major decisions, consults, interventions or procedures must be approved by the CMO in conjunction with the IMR Team Leader. The CMO is also a teaching resource and may lead teaching sessions during clinic along with other qualified personnel.

The CMO is also the trip physician for IMR volunteers. Any volunteer suffering from illness during a trip or with medical needs and questions should see the CMO and Team Leader.

Patient Transfers

If a patient requires a higher level of care than IMR can offer, a provider (EMS, Nurse, or higher level) may accompany a transfer patient to the local hospital or health center, provide a verbal and written turnover to clinic health care workers, and then return to the IMR clinic. Providers are not authorized to write any orders for the local hospital or health clinic to fulfill on a patient transferred out of an IMR clinic. Doing so will result in the provider being financially responsible for any charges incurred by the patient.

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Surgical Teams

On IMR surgical trips, we take surgeons of varying specialties and recruit candidates that match up with the team’s ability to provide care. These trips are longer in length because they include adequate time for prescreening candidates and setting up a surgical rotation. They also include post-surgery care and training for follow-up with local providers. Look for the Surgical Trips icon or use the Surgical option for categorizing trips on our Upcoming Medical Missions Trips page.