April 24, 2013

Exploring Medical Missions Conference - INMED

Exploring Medical Missions Conference - 2013

2013 Conference Theme: “The Road Less Traveled."
May 31- June 1, 2013
Kansas City, MO


On the outskirts of our communities exist extraordinary numbers of individuals and families who are forgotten. Often these are the poor, the unemployed, minorities, and immigrants. Overlooked by the majority and left behind in the dash for progress, these silent persons piece together lives from the leftovers, as they succumb the physical and mental repercussions of neglect. Some two billion of them still lack basic nutrition, housing, safe water, education, and health care. As a result, their infants only have a three in four chance of surviving beyond childhood, and those who do may live only into their thirties or forties. Tragically, health in many poorer communities is actually on the decline. This should not be so!

The Institute for International Medicine (INMED) is a Missouri-registered, non-profit, educational corporation founded in 2003. INMED's mission is to equip healthcare professionals with the unique skills to serve forgotten people.

INMED Conference Theme

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both?" opens the Robert Frost poem The Road Not Taken. In parallel, today's healthcare professionals enjoy abundant career choices. A minority select service to the world's most marginalized people. The 2013 INMED Exploring Medical Missions Conference exposes the heartfelt need of the forgotten, celebrates action of their behalf, and challenges us to join this journey. Frost concludes, "...I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

Who Should Attend?

Physicians, Dentists, Pharmacists, Residents, NPs, PAs, Nurses, Other professionals, Advanced degree students, Undergraduate and Medical students.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this conference participants will be able to:
  • Apply evidence based medicine in medical missions
  • Utilize appropriate clinical skills in providing medical care
  • Apply cross-cultural health care best practices
  • Design community development strategies to improve public health
Core Competencies:
Provide patient-centered care
Work in interdisciplinary teams
Employ evidence-based practice
Practice-based learning and improvement
Interpersonal and communication skills
System-based practice

Some Speakers
Paul Bauer, MD
Nancy Crigger, PhD, ARNP

Seven Years Running

Since 2006 the annual INMED Exploring Medical Missions Conference continues to be a premier opportunities for students and professionals to enhance their sense of calling and their skills on behalf of the world's most marginalized people. Previous Conference themes have examined the Fight Against HIV, Launching Into Medical Missions, Fighting The Diseases of Poverty, Serving The Forgotten, and From Rescue To Resilience, and From Inspiration To Mobilization. 552 enthusiastic individuals and 26 sending organizations participated in the 2012 Conference.

Who Are The Speakers?

Featured speakers at the event will include:
  • David Nasser was raised in Iran as a sophisticated, educated Muslim. A privileged child, David had visited every continent by the time he was a nine-year old. But then struck the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the taking of American hostages at the Iranian Embassy in Tehran, and the persecution of moderate Muslims throughout that nation....For this terrified teen, the destructive power of religion and the trauma of prejudice inspired a compelling search for value and meaning, culminating in his discovery that peace and self-worth are only found in a personal relationship with the Messiah.
  • Paul Bauer, MD, is a pediatric intensive care physician at Children's Mercy Hospital.
  • Nancy Crigger, PhD, ARNP, is an associate professor of nursing at Graceland University
  • Jean Fields, RN, MSN, CNS, is a nurse educator teaching community health nursing at the Research College of Nursing.
  • James Fyffe, RN, is on staff at North Kansas City Hospital.
  • Peter Greenspan, MD, is Associate Chairman, Department of OB-GYN, Truman Medical Center-Lakewood and Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
  • Ted Higgins, MD, is a general and vascular surgeon at Research Medical Center.
...and a host of other speakers. For the complete listing of all speakers, please see the official INMED website (link is below).

Is Continuing Education Credit Available?

  • Physicians: Institute for International Medicine is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
    Institute for International Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of the participation in the activity.
  • Nurses: Truman Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Missouri Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
    8 continuing nursing education hours (contact hours) may be awarded if participants attend all continuing education sessions of this program.
  • Dentists: Continuing Education Credit is available for dentists.
  • Physical Therapists: Continuing Education Credit is available for physical therapists.
For detailed information on the available course CME / CNE, see the official web site (link is below).

Conference cost

Participants will receive admission to the conference, lunch on Friday, and a certificate of attendance.

Only undergraduate, high school, pharmacy, and medical students are eligible for the student rate. All other students should register as "Nurse, Other Professionals, Advanced Degree Students". For complete details, visit the INMED web site (link is below).

Conference Sponsors and Partners

Institute for International Medicine, INMED and Accreditation Council for International Healthcare Education, ACIHE.

Conference Registration

Registration is on-line. Or if you prefer, you may equally download the Conference Brochure and register by mail. See the official web site for this (link is below).

Please allow 10 minutes to complete the registration. All information will be guarded confidentially. A credit card is required to submit an online registration. If you plan to pay by check, please download the conference brochure and mail it along with a check to the address on the brochure.


For questions or to learn more about INMED, please feel free to contact them by email at office@inmed.us or by phone at 816-444-6400.

For complete and detailed information, please visit the official INMED Exploring Medical Missions Conference web site.

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