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IL: DOCARE Medical Mission Brings Hope, Healing

November 01, 2008

by Jill Blair-Smith

This past winter, Midwestern University students and faculty members set out on a mission to help citizens throughout the Central Highlands of Guatemala. For the 11th year in a row, the volunteers spent two weeks away from home to give back to those who need it most. The group was led by three MWU faculty members: John Burdick, Ph.D., MWU Dean of Basic Sciences and Vice President, Clinic Operations; Lauritz (Larry) Jensen, D.A., Chair of Microbiology/Immunology; and Alan Schalscha, D.O., Clinical Assistant Professor, MWU-Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.

More than 30 students and faculty from MWU's Glendale, AZ, and Downers Grove, IL campuses pitched in, along with 25 community volunteers from around the U.S. Dr. Schalscha, an AZCOM alumnus, was joined by 14 other MWU alumni on this mission.

The trip is sponsored by DOCARE International, a non-profit medical outreach organization, which works to bring needed free health care services to people in Latin America. Special thanks this year goes to the Glendale Rotary Foundation, Continental Airlines and the Catholic Medical Mission Board (NYC, NY) for their support of the mission. For more information about DOCARE or next year's MWU mission to Guatemala, contact Dr. Burdick at 623/572-3700, or visit

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