Medical Missions & Outreach

Making a difference with medical missions.

The mission of Campbell University is to “graduate students with exemplary academic and professional skills who are prepared for purposeful lives and meaningful service.” Pursuant to that goal, the Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine has developed a sustainable international medical outreach program to train clinicians for the underserved areas of North Carolina, the United States and the developing world.

We believe Campbell University has an opportunity to become a world-recognized authority in global health, and in hopes of graduating altruistic and compassionate physicians, Campbell Medicine’s Department of Community and Global Health strives to do our part in producing a steady supply of globally-minded graduates by developing international partnerships and organizing and leading medical trips to resource-constrained settings.

As a student at Campbell Medicine, you will have the opportunity to take part in a program widely recognized for its excellence. We bring together teams to solve health problems in our local communities as well as globally.

North Carolina and the nation

  • Weekly mobile clinics providing health care to migrant workers at North Carolina farms
  • Mobile health clinics for underserved patients in Harnett County and surrounding communities
  • Health screenings at events such as the Episcopal Farmworkers’ Festival and Southeastern Health’s “Compassion for U”
  • Work to serve those with developmental disabilities. Our students are working with parents and individuals with developmental disabilities to create a training program designed to better prepare our medical students in the treatment individuals with specialized needs in the clinical setting.
  • Development of family medicine residency program to meet the challenges of underserved areas and allow residents to gain greater proficiency in areas of general surgery, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics
  • Utilizing our faculty and residents to train community healthcare professionals, administrators and provider

International

  • Five annual short-term medical mission trips;  short-term trips have included the following countries: Armenia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Jamaica.
  • Strong relationships with ministries that have permanent sites in Haiti, Togo, Bolivia and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador
  • International month-long rotations for our MS-III and MS-IV students in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin American countries with the goal of developing sites in Europe and Asia.
  • Our department leadership has experience conducting clinics in India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Peru, Russia, and Ukraine and are exploring opportunities to reach these communities.

“…I feel as though I gained more from the people I served and worked with than I think I could have have ever given them.  They changed my heart; they changed my priorities; and they shaped me into a better person, a better student and, hopefully, a better physician.”

Jessica Simmons-Josilevich, DO Class of 2022

Scholarships for Missions

The Department of Community and Global Health is grateful for the financial assistance made available to students each year through our Endowed Scholarship Program. Through the generosity of the University’s supporters, over $1 million has been contributed to our private scholarship endowment fund to help Campbell students participate in medical missions.

Mission Trips for Spring 2020

Jamaica | Armenia | Ecuador

Apply to Participate in an International Mission
Available Scholarships

Lacy S. and Mary Elizabeth Collier Medical Missions Scholarship* 
Award Criteria:  Students seeking a degree in one or more inter-professional health science programs at Campbell University. Awarded funds will offset travel and related expenses for students pursuing medical missions service as part of their medical training at Campbell University.  Student recipients shall be known as Lacy S. and Mary Elizabeth Collier Medical Missions Scholars.

Glenn T. and Anne S. Infinger Medical Missions Scholarship* 
Award Criteria:  Students pursuing interprofessional medical missions service in medically underserved communities in the US and abroad during their studies at Campbell University.  Student recipients shall be known as Glenn T. and Anne S. Infinger Medical Missions Scholars.

Frank Upchurch Medical Missions Scholarship 
Award Criteria:  Students seeking a degree in osteopathic medicine; finds will offset travel and related expenses for students pursuing medical missions service as part of their medical training a the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine.  Student recipients shall be known as Frank Upchurch Medical Missions Scholars.

Glenn and Joyce White Charitable Agency Medical Missions Scholarship* 
Award Criteria: Students seeking a degree in one or more inter-professional health science programs at Campbell University.  Awarded funds will offset travel and related expenses for students pursuing medical missions service as part of their medical training at Campbell University. Student recipients shall be known as Glenn and Joyce White Medical Missions Scholars.

* These scholarships are available to graduate students in Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and School of Osteopathic Medicine. The Upchurch Scholarship is for osteopathic medical students only and will not be awarded in Spring 2020, however, the other three scholarships are open to all health science graduate students.

How to Apply

Current medical students who plan to participate in a medical mission trip are eligible to apply for endowed scholarship support.   Two scholarship committees,  one composed of representatives from all health sciences schools for IPE scholarships and one composed of Campbell Medicine faculty, will select the respective scholarship recipients.  Scholarships may be applied to any Campbell Medicine-sponsored, short-term international trip during the academic year.  For the 2020 Spring and Summer calendar, applications must be submitted by February 3, 2020.

To prepare for the 2020 Spring and Summer scholarship competition, have the following items completed:

  • 2019-20 FAFSA to the University (International students are excluded from the FAFSA requirement)
  • A current Curriculum Vitae or Resume (view rubric)
  • A cover letter (view rubric)
  • An essay (view rubric)- How will your involvement on an international short-term trip serve to advance the mission of CUSOM?
  • Academic standing (GPA must be at least 3.0, no prior course failure, and be in good academic standing)

All items must be submitted to Teresa Butrum at butrum@campbell.edu by February 3, 2020.

Contact

For more information, contact the Department of Community and Global Health.

Dr. Joe Cacioppo, Chair of Community and Global Health | cacioppo@campbell.edu |

Doug Short, Administrative Director of Community and Global Health  | short@campbell.edu | 910-893-7982

Teresa Butrum, Administrative Assistant of Community and Global Health | butrum@campbell.edu | 910-893-7295