Serve Long Term

This may be why you became a doctor.

You may have felt called to serve since your first day of medical school or this may be a calling you have recently heard and are considering.

Mission Doctors Association has made it possible for Catholic Doctors and their families to follow this call of service in response to requests from mission hospitals and clinics for more than 50 years.  Our doctors who serve for three year terms provide life-saving medical care, train local staff, and create sustainable health care for patients in need.

What does MDA provide?

Doctors and their spouses accepted into the program will take part in a four-month formation program.  This residential formation program is held in Los Angeles with classes offered in Scripture, Theology, Mission Culture, Catholic Social Doctrine, Communication and are for the individuals’ personal preparation to begin this important ministry of service.

Classes begin in January each year and conclude in May.  Deadline for applications each year is September 1st. Once the formation is completed, doctors begin their three-year mission assignment.  MDA provides airfare for the long-term lay missionaries, as well as insurance and a small stipend.  The mission sites provide room and board.

Requirements:
- Catholic
- U.S. Citizenship
- U.S. Medical License in good standing
- Good physical and mental health

Discernment weekends for those considering long-term service are held each year in June and September. Contact our office for more information.

As a first step, we invite you to complete an application form and indicate that you are interested in the long-term program.