A relatively young organization, formed in 2001, the Canadian Association of Medical Teams Abroad (CAMTA) organizes a two-week-long trip to Quito, Ecuador every year to provide orthopedic surgery. Physicians, nurses and support staff have come from across Canada, the United States, Ecuador and as far afield as the United Arab Emirates. CAMTA members also give educational lectures to local medical professionals. It’s tough work: besides doing surgeries, everybody is expected to help carry equipment and scrub the instruments and ORs clean. The next mission is currently slated for February 20 to March 9, 2009.
Physicians from across Canada, particularly orthopedic surgeons and anesthetists, but also general practitioners.
The full trip, once annually, is two weeks at Tierra Nueva Hospital in Quito, Ecuador, though some physicians come along for just one week. Volunteers also participate in fundraising.
Physicians must cover their own airfare, accommodations and food during the mission.
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