International Family Medicine Fellowship
The Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship (IFMF) is a 1 year post-residency training program designed to prepare and equip family physicians to go where others won’t, to care for those without, and to give so much more…
A medical missionary colleague was providing medical care in a remote, mountainous region when a mother brought her 3 week old infant son in with a respiratory infection. He treated the URI but noticed that the child had bilateral club feet. He asked the mother what was being done for the bilateral club feet? Had she taken him to a doctor yet? She responded that she had no idea that there existed any for of treatment for his club feet. In her mind, she assumed her child would grow up to be a cripple, maybe be able to walk on crutches, and confined to a life of begging! The doctor shared, “No, no… there is treatment for club feet and it is available here. We arrange for an orthopedic doctor to perform a fairly simply heel cord lengthening procedure, followed by casting of the feet once a month for a few months. At the end of this, the child will temporarily wear some corrective shoes . But your child will be able to walk. He’ll be able to play soccer. He’ll be able to hold a normal adult job. He’ll one day marry and raise a family of his own.” Her eyes flooded with tears. She had no idea that her baby would be anything other than a crippled beggar.
You can make a huge difference. You can give something more than health care; you can give HOPE….
There is an ever widening gap between the health of wealthy nations and those in developing countries. A child born in a wealthy nation will, with rare exception, live into adulthood, whereas a child born in a developing nation has only a 60-65% chance of reaching his/her fifth birthday. Health in most countries of poverty is only declining.
The Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship (IFMF) was developed to equip family physicians with a unique knowledge base and clinical skills set necessary to effectively serve the poorest and most underserved peoples of this world. Its vision is to provide real training to mobilize a force of compassionate, competent family physicians who will go and make a real difference in transforming the lives and health of nations.
Do you want real training to make a real difference? Contact Dr. Todd Stephens.
All charitable gifts to the “Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship (IFMF)” are tax deductible. Please contact the Via Christi Foundation and put “IFMF” into the other area in the “Please use my gift for” section when directed.
Or, You can contact the Via Christi Foundation at 316 946 5020.
The address is:
Via Christi Foundation
723 N. McLean
Wichita, KS 67203
Thank you for investing in us in helping to transform the lives and health of nations.