I am honored to be included as part of the APMA (American Podiatric Medicine Association) News’ All Stars. “Patrick DeHeer, DPM; On A Mission” is the first in a series that will acknowledge fellow doctors.

This particular article is about medical missions to other countries that I have been honored and blessed to be part of; missions to Iraq, Haiti, Trinidad, and Honduras — 16 in all to-date.

You’ve all read earlier posts about my special interest in Haiti. I’ve worked with clubfoot clinics and wound clinics for people of Haiti, spending time there before and after the 2010 earthquake. While Haiti is close to my heart, local volunteering has a place as well which is why I work with a group of doctors free health clinics in our community.

The article quotes —“I just want to share my knowledge. It’s not about you. It’s about sharing your knowledge and what you have.”

If you are feeling the call to volunteer, there is someone in the world community who can use your skills and knowledge.

  • Talk with fellow medical professionals if you are looking for a mission trip to join. I don’t have anything planned right now, but others do. There will be choices that will fit your schedule.
  • Check with church groups – often the church’s website has news of planned trips. One possibility is the Baptist Medical and Dental Fellowship, online at http://www.bmdf.org. There are others with informative websites.
  • Don’t forget the neighborhood – the international field is needy, but so is the local neighborhood. You can do a vast amount of good and be back home at night. I volunteer twice a month at free local medical clinics. Giving back locally has a valuable impact along with serving globally.

I appreciate my fellow doctors recognition. Having that support and the support of my wonderful patients makes getting up and heading for the clinic every morning a joy.