International Medical Aid
IMA is an innovator in the field of not-for-profit healthcare volunteer placements for practitioners and students alike. We have programs in a wide range of disciplines, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, mental health, physician assistant, public health and physical therapy. We specialize in working with undergraduate students seeking to gain pre-health experience while participating in physician shadowing programs abroad. Whatever field you may be interested in, we can provide you with a program that will meet your needs.
We will ensure you have a safe, organized and mutually beneficial experience working in a clinical or community health setting. IMA operates in a number of locations throughout East Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Through our programs, you will have a chance to make a real difference in people’s lives, while visiting some amazing places.
At IMA, we are guided by four strong core values that create the foundation for our organization.
Be transparent and accountable
Always honor your promises
Care for our volunteers, our community and each other
Embrace and encourage innovation
With an extensive network of hospitals, IMA is able to provide doctors across multiple specialties, medical residents and medical students at various stages of training the opportunity to work in busy public and private hospitals around the world. These hands-on programs are custom tailored to the specific skill sets and education of each volunteer.
Dental care in the developing world is much less common than in the United States or Europe, while the lack of sanitation infrastructure and basic hygiene practices creates a definite need for dental services. Working in a variety of rural and urban settings, volunteers are able to utilize their skills to improve the health of the communities they world.
Utilizing IMA’s strong network of healthcare facilities, nursing electives are designed around each volunteer’s specific goals and interests. In many developing countries, hospitals are not adequately staffed with nurses; consequently, our volunteers are intimately involved in patient treatment from the onset of their programs.
The field of physical therapy and chiropractic care in many parts of the developing world is only in its infancy; however, a lack of transportation and occupational safety standards and a high prevalence of motor vehicle and work-related accidents create an unmet need for physical therapy and chiropractic care.
IMA is a major innovator in the field of mental health electives and among the first organizations in the world to offer such programs. In many parts of the developing world, there is a fundamental lack of access to mental health and hygiene services, while cultural stigma prevents many from even attempting to seek care.
IMA has a variety of opportunities for public health professionals and students pursuing undergraduate or advanced degrees in public health, epidemiology and related disciplines to further their education and gain meaningful experience.