Harvard University World Federation of Medical Doctors
Harvard University World Mission of Medical Doctors
WE OFFER MORE MEDICAL SPECIALTIES THAN MOST
Most humanitarian organizations offer only one medical specialty. A typical HUWM medical mission offers as many as a dozen or more medical and surgical and dental specialties, including internal medicine, urology, pediatrics, gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, maxillofacial and plastic surgery, general dentistry, endodontics, cardiology, vascular surgery, orthopedics, prosthetics, and physical therapy.
We Share Our Medical Knowledge and Donate Medical Equipment
HUWM volunteers often provide educational seminars for their host country colleagues. They also share best practices and donate medical equipment and supplies to the hospitals where HUWM medical missions take place.
We Organize Short Missions With Volunteers of All Ages
WE HAVE A CORE TEAM OF REPEAT VOLUNTEERS
HUWM medical missions are generally 10 days in length. They typically include seven days of medical mission work, two days of travel time, and one day of sightseeing after the mission work is completed. Because its medical missions never exceed 10 days, HUWM attracts volunteers of all ages, from young men and women fresh out of medical or dental school to doctors, surgeons and dentists who are at the height of their careers. This distinguishes HUWM from other groups such as Doctors Without Borders, which usually relies on retired doctors because of its six month commitment requirement for mission work.
While HUWM has new volunteers every year, the organization has cultivated a core group of volunteers who have developed close friendships with one another and participate in virtually every HUWM medical mission. These core volunteers work in every division, from surgery to dental, and have enabled HUWM to concentrate effective mission management procedures so that patients can be screened and evaluated, and be provided with medical, dental, and surgical services as quickly and efficiently as possible. These core volunteers also have the experience to help new volunteers familiarize themselves with medical mission work and become outstanding members of the HUWM team.