Volunteer Medical Staff Sought for Mission to Guatemala

January 17, 2014 - For the second year in a row, AMN Healthcare has partnered with HELPS International, a charitable nonprofit corporation founded in 1984, whose mission is to alleviate medical problems in Guatemala's rural indigenous areas.  Working together, AMN and HELPS International will be providing U.S. hospital-standard healthcare from highly trained medical/surgical volunteers to people who do not have access to basic healthcare and are locked in a cycle of poverty and hopelessness.

Volunteer Medical Staff Sought for Mission to Guatemala
Hundreds of people from the Guatemala highlands region awaited the clinical team's arrival for last year's medical mission trip, sponsored by AMN Healthcare with HELPS International.

AMN is currently seeking medical volunteers to assist a 75-member medical team going to San Cristobal, Guatemala; the team will depart on March 29, 2014, and return to the United States on April 9. Medical team volunteer applications are due by January 24 (see below).

Team Esperanza will consist of general, OB/GYN, plastic and eye surgeons; dentists; pharmacists; operating room and recovery nurses; general practitioner physicians; and anesthesiologists and CRNAs. For one week, the team will provide surgeries and routine medical care to people who would otherwise be without such services.

The $2,125-per-person cost will be sponsored and fully paid for by AMN Healthcare. Healthcare professionals who make the trip may need to pay for a few meals in Antigua, and of course are being asked to donate their time, medical skills and compassion.

The following medical volunteers are needed and will be considered for sponsorship by AMN Healthcare:

•  Surgical/Circulating nurses
•  Recovery nurses
•  Anesthesiologists or CRNAs
•  Scrub technicians
•  Pediatricians
•  General family practice physicians

Volunteer Medical Staff Sought for Mission to Guatemala
The 2013 clinical team sponsored by AMN Healthcare on medical mission to San Cristóbal Verapaz, Guatemala. FRONT: Stephan Petranker MD; Debra Duhart, CRNA; Sherry Chisholm, MD; Ginny McKeon, CRNA. BACK: Sarita Satpathy, MD; Babak Rashidi, MD; Richard Gilliamk, RN; Monica Rogers, RN; Zonna Rogers, RN; Tracy Stillwater RN.

Click here to learn more about healthcare programs at HELPS International, or watch this video with highlights of the 2013 AMN-sponsored Guatemala medical mission trip.

Volunteer applications due January 24, 2014

Healthcare personnel in the specialties listed above who are qualified, available and interested in being considered for this special, life-changing trip are encouraged to send a CV or résumé, a short paragraph on why they want to join the team, and their complete contact information to the attention of Steve Wehn, AMN’s vice president of community relations at community.connections@amnhealthcare.com.

All requests for consideration must be received no later than January 24, 2014. Each volunteer’s information will then be forwarded to HELPS International to be reviewed by the medical director of the medical mission trip for final consideration and selections.

All medical volunteers selected for the trip will stay in a hotel in Guatemala City the first night upon arrival, travel by bus to the hospital in San Cristobal, Cobán, and stay in the hospital for one week.  The sleeping arrangements are dormitory style, using cots and sleeping bags. There are bathroom and shower facilities in the hospital. The trip will be completed with some time for rest and relaxation, including a three-night stay in Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, and will conclude with a team banquet on the last evening. Volunteers will return to the United States on April 9, 2014.

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