Apr 22, 2014

KCUMB Serves International Communities 
Through DOCARE Medical Missions

KCUMB employees, alumni and students are making a difference in the lives of local villages and communities in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic through their participation in DOCARE International medical missions.

Participation in DOCARE provides KCUMB's osteopathic medical students with a broader viewpoint of health care. Year after year, students return with enhanced understanding of global health care challenges, as well as a heart to help.

This year, the University community collaborated with other volunteers, including physicians from residency programs in Arizona and Texas, to provide much-needed health care treatments to the underserved populations of seven rural Guatemalan communities.

KCUMB's DOCARE team provided free medical services, including dermatological and dental treatments, and distributed medications to more than 2,600 patients. The group also distributed Spanish-language children’s books, which were donated by our D'Angelo Library staff.

A medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic will take place April 25-30. A team of six medical students and four faculty will perform physicals for Kansas City Royals developmental league players at their Baseball Academy. They will also join forces with local medical schools to provide health screenings for residents who live near the Academy facility.

View the 2014 DOCARE photo gallery.