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DOCARE Newsletter, June 2016
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AOA PRESIDENT AND CEO VOLUNTEER WITH DOCARE IN GUATEMALA

AOA President, John Becher, DO, and AOA CEO, Adrienne White-Faines, were among the 40 students, physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals that volunteered with DOCARE in Guatemala during the first week of March.

The team, led by DOCARE board member and Guatemala clinic director, Alan Schalscha, DO, traveled to rural locations with limited access to medical care to repurpose schools, a convent and outdoor space into temporary clinic sites around San Andres Itzapa and Tecpan, Guatemala. Volunteers provided care to address GERD, arthritis, COPF, asthma, many types of skin disease and common infections from UTIs to pneumonia.

Paula Becher, Dr. Becher, and Adrienne White-Faines visiting with school children as DOCARE volunteer dentists examined them.
 

A hallmark of DOCARE’s global health outreach trips is its team-based approach that brings together volunteers from different medical backgrounds and non-medical volunteers. AOA CEO Adrienne White-Faines remarked that volunteering with DOCARE illustrated the extensive power of team-based care.

“One of the things I’ve learned on this outreach trip is that patient-centered team care is applicable anywhere in the world,” Ms. White-Faines said. “Our DOCARE volunteers include not only physicians but dentists, nurses, podiatrists, mid-wives, and optometrists. All of this care together is what really addresses the needs of the population. It’s a beautiful thing.”

DOCARE is committed to providing continuity of care to the communities it serves in Guatemala. Patients seen at the temporary clinics were referred to DOCARE’s permanent clinic sites in San Andres Itzapa and Tecpan for follow up care. Dr. Becher and Ms. White-Faines also spent time touring both DOCARE clinics.

“DOCARE and Dr. Schalscha have done an outstanding job of building a strong foundation of care and trust in Guatemala,” Ms. White-Faines, said. “The establishment of the continuity clinics means that the volunteer services through the short term global health programs don’t just end, there is care for the patients all year round. The model is one that makes sense because the goal is to change access to health.”
Dr. Becher recognized the value that osteopathic medicine could bring to Guatemala. “There are over 4 million people living in the Guatemala City area and about 90,000 living in Tecpán Guatemala, where DOCARE’s new continuity of care clinic is located. Most of them don’t have much access to primary care, so osteopathic medicine can truly make an impact there.”
ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR ERNEST A. ALLABY FOUNDER'S AWARD

Every year, DOCARE International recognizes an individual who reflects the ideals of the organization’s founder, Ernest A. Allaby, DO, with a prestigious award named in his honor. Recipients of the Ernest A. Allaby Founder’s Award have proven their commitment to DOCARE’s goals through service to the medically underserved, promotion of DOCARE’s core values and philanthropic support. This year, nominations are due by Friday, July 15. 

The award committee will consider criteria including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Number of DOCARE global health outreach projects participated in
  • Number of years in leadership/coordinator positions for DOCARE global health outreach projects
  • Leadership role in DOCARE chapters
  • Philanthropic support of DOCARE in the form of monetary support and supplies
  • Promotion at the local, state, national or international level in furthering the values, goals and ideals for which DOCARE stands
     
DOWNLOAD NOMINATION FORM AND INSTRUCTIONS
 
DOCARE IS PROUD TO SPONSOR THE BIOM's ANNUAL POSTER COMPETITION

Did you go on a DOCARE global health outreach trip this past year? Share your experience at the International Seminar and Poster Competition! The AOA Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM) is partnering with the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP), the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) and DOCARE International on its 18th annual poster competition. The event will take place at OMED 2016 in Anaheim, California.

Abstracts are due by July 6 at 11 p.m. CST.  The poster competition is open to all osteopathic medical students and includes two categories: outreach experiences and research completed while on outreach programs.  

Cash awards totaling $4,000 will be presented to the 1st and 2nd place winners of each category of the Student Poster Competition. First place winners will receive $750 each, and second place winners will be awarded $500 each. An additional $1500 grand prize will be awarded to the top submission. Winners will be notified via email by Wednesday, August 3. 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact Chasati Allen, BIOM staff, at callen@osteopathic.org or (800) 621.1773 ext. 8187.  
SAACOFP RAISES OVER $6,500 FOR DOCARE'S TECPAN CLINIC!
The SAACOFP chapters raised over $6,500 to support DOCARE's newest clinic location in Tecpan Guatemala. Students held diverse events at their COMs and challenged one another to raise the most funds for DOCARE. Events included plant sales, t-shirt sales, Halloween boo-grams, a video game tournament and a "Are you smarter than a first year? event." DOCARE President Kelli Glaser, DO, presented a recognition certificate to ACOM SAACOFP at the ACOFP meeting in Puerto Rico, March 2016.

AOF HOPE GRANTS AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS AND RESIDENTS

The AOF in partnership with the Blubaugh and Grogg families are excited to introduce HOPE Grants. HOPE, or Helping Other People Everywhere, Grants provide funding for third and fourth year osteopathic medical students and pediatric residents who plan to travel to underserved areas on DOCARE International missions to provide medical services. The goal of this grant is to empower members of the osteopathic profession to provide voluntary medical support on humanitarian medical missions and to support the mission of DOCARE International.

Through their generous donation and partnership with the AOF, recipients will receive grants to fund their travel on a DOCARE International humanitarian trip.  Click here for more information.

HELP DOCARE CONTINUE ITS MISSION OF PROVIDING EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE TO UNDER RESOURCED COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD.

$150 will provide laboratory supplies for one month at the Tecpan clinic
$300 will provide medicines at the San Andres clinic for one month
$1,000 will support the salary for a Guatemalan physician

A donation of any size will make an impact! Thank you for your continued support!
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