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Global Health Lecture Series featuring Michael Parsa - Short Term Medical Missions

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) invites you to attend an ongoing lecture series on issues impacting global health. The lectures will be held every first and third Wednesday of the month at 12:00 noon CT. Invited guest speakers will share their personal stories and experiences. Everyone is invited to attend. Free lunch will be provided to the first 40 attendees (Lubbock campus only!)

SHORT TERM MEDICAL MISSIONS: ORGANIZING AND GETTING INVOLVED IN TRIPS THAT HAVE A LASTING IMPACT

  • Speaker: Michael D. Parsa, MD, Assistant Professor & Clerkship Director, Emergency Medicine, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
  • Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
  • Time: 12:00 noon
  • Location: ACB 110 (Lubbock)
    AEC 212 (El Paso - 11:00 am MT)
    room 4713 (Amarillo)
    room 2C91 (Odessa)

As future healthcare professionals, many of us have a desire to help those in less prosperous settings. But if we don't have a proper understanding of the relevant health issues, we can do more harm than good. During this presentation, Michael Parsa, MD will discuss what can be done to determine the utility of specific short term medical mission (STM) projects, how to plan effective STMs, and ways to insure STMs do not cause harm to the communities they are designed to serve. Dr. Parsa will also address the difference between relief and development and in what circumstance each is appropriate. In addition, he will discuss effective models that empower local communities to rise up and meet existing needs in sustainable ways.

The objectives of this presentation include: identify common errors and misconceptions in STM planning, identify the key features necessary for non-surgical STMs to make a sustainable and empowering impact, and discuss alternative non-surgical STM models that have unquestionable long term value.

This presentation will originate in El Paso and be linked to Amarillo, Lubbock, and Odessa.

For more information please contact:

Office of International Affairs (cima@ttuhsc.edu)

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