International Medical Aid (IMA) offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for doctors, medical residents, medical students, nurse practitioners, physician assistant and pre-med undergraduates to work in busy international hospitals, mentored by our outstanding staff of dedicated physicians and other healthcare professionals. We collaborate with an extensive network of public and private hospitals to provide rewarding, hands-on programs tailored to the specific skill sets and educational background of each volunteer. We offer electives abroad, medical volunteer abroad programs, nursing opportunities abroad, pre-dentistry experiences and pre-med volunteering. IMA is the ethical leader in international volunteer programs and serves as a meaningful alternative to other for-profit organizations such as Gap Medics and Work the World. In addition to our volunteer and physician shadowing programs, IMA strives to improve the health of underserved individuals in these regions through mobile medical clinics, public health education programs and first responder training. We take a holistic approach to care, collaborating with local leaders to develop ethical and sustainable community-led initiatives that address the root causes of disease and illness.

Alumni Reviews

Some impressions from our past volunteers and participants in our medical internships abroad!

Tiffany – Registered Nurse

I was introduced to IMA through a coworker who had gone on previous trips to Haiti with them. My family had many questions and concerns about safety which I was able to get answered for them prior to me departing. My first was very eye opening as to how people live in a third world Continue Reading

Sharon – Emergency Room Nurse

This was my second trip with IMA to Haiti, and my third trip overall. I thought I was ready for what we would see, but found out just how wrong I was. The details of this trip were handled by Homayon and IMA, taking into consideration the suggestions offered by our team. They were able Continue Reading

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By elevating the ethical standard in this industry, IMA Electives works to provide volunteers a safe, organized and mutually beneficial experience ...


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Global Initiatives

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The health of a community is the cornerstone of its success and well-being. IMA collaborates with local leaders to develop sustainable ...


IMA Safaris provides each overseas hospital volunteer, medical elective student, and participants in our physician shadowing abroad programs the opportunity to explore and immerse themselves in the beauty and culture of IMA’s unique destinations. Through established relationships with trusted guides, hotels and travel organizations across the world, IMA simplifies travel arrangements for volunteers, while providing relatives back home a single point of contact for added peace of mind. Unlike nearly all pre-med volunteering or “voluntourism” organizers such as Gap Medics and Work the World, IMA Safaris provides all volunteers with top-rate accident and medical evacuation insurance at no additional cost.READ MORE

A Message From Our President

A great disparity exists in access to medical care around the world. During my senior year at Johns Hopkins, I along with my classmate, Roger Voter, began investigating the root causes of this inequality and began developing a thesis focused on methods of improving access to healthcare for the world’s most underserved people. Through multidisciplinary academic and field study, we established a model for a self-sustaining medical not-for-profit organization, which would ultimately become International Medical Aid (IMA). READ MORE

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