Short-Term Medical Missions in the 21st Century: Getting You There and Back Safely

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Abstract

Students and health care providers traveling to other countries to provide much needed health services have increased over the past several years. Although participating in a mission can seem overwhelming at first, for those who have participated, it can be a transformative experience. It allows volunteers to make a difference while enhancing clinical skills and learning other valuable lessons while traveling. This article will review necessary steps that providers should take for their personal health and safety as well as a toolkit for patient and student safety.

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