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About MHF Webinars
Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship presents webinars based on presentations made by speakers at MHF sponsored events as well as virtual panel discussions on particular topics.
Upcoming webinars are live-streamed free for up to 100 participants. Join from PC (Windows), Mac, Linux, iOS (iPhone, iPad) or Android. Fill out the registration form to receive your link to attend.
Past webinars are available on the Webinar blog/archive page.
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Service in Macha, Zambia
Service at Macha Mission Hospital
Saturday, November 17, 2018
1:30 pm EST
Macha Mission was established by the Brethren in Christ Church in 1906. In the 1950’s, Dr. Alvan Thuma expanded the medical mission and built a hospital which now serves a district of over 160,000 people. Students have done Student Elective Terms (SET) in Macha since at least 1994 under Mennonite Medical Association. Since MHF began in 2011, 4 persons have received grants to serve at Macha Mission Hospital or the Malaria Institute at Macha. Three of those persons will participate in the webinar on November 17.
Wanda Thuma-McDermond, PhD, RN, will be the moderator for the webinar. She is on the nursing faculty of Messiah College and the Board of Directors as well as the Global Services Group of Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship. She has taken numerous student groups to Macha Hospital. Her introduction will provide a brief historical overview of the Macha Mission.
Brianna Moyer, MD, did a term of service at Macha in the February 2015 during her last year of medical school at Penn State College of Medicine. She is currently practicing medicine in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Read Brianna’s SET report which originally appeared in the May 2015 issue of Mennonite Health Journal.
Catherine (Katie) Ruth, MD, served at Macha in the spring of 2016 while a medical student at Temple University. Earlier, she attended Lancaster Mennonite High School and Eastern University in Pennsylvania. She is currently doing a residency in Oregon. Read Katie Ruth’s SET Report.
Leah Sitler, MD, served at Macha in February 2018 while she was a medical student at Penn State University College of Medicine. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in 2012 and received an MS in Global Medicine from University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine in 2013. While in Zambia, she kept a blog and also submitted a report published in Mennonite Health Journal in April 2018. She is currently back in California in a medical residency program.
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Virtual Panel Discussion: Service in Shirati, Tanzania
Recorded Tuesday, August 28, 2018; 8:00 p.m. EDT
Shirati KMT Hospital is a community ministry of the Mennonite Church in Tanzania. It has been the site of learning and service for generations of students and practicing professionals for many years, including Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship Student Elective Term participants. This virtual panel discussion features three panelists who have served at Shirati Hospital within the past five years. They will share about their experience in healthcare training, learnings from the specific service term in which they were involved, and how they reflect on this experience in their current work. Recording available here.
Jenna Nofziger, MD, received her MD degree with the Class of 2018 from University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences in Toledo, Ohio. Jenna is a 2014 graduate of Goshen College. She has started her medical career as an emergency medicine resident with Washington University at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She participated in the MHF SET Program in March, volunteering at Shirati KMT Hospital in Shirati, Tanzania. She hopes to continue serving in the St. Louis community and in the global community throughout her time in residency.
Blake Rogers is a current third-year physician assistant student at James Madison University and a 2014 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University. He is passionate about health care and the environment. Blake enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for both with his community, and it is common to find him instructing EMT classes or educating students about the importance of their local water quality. Further, he chairs the social media committee for the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants. He completed a 4-week clinical rotation at Shirati Hospital in June 2018.
Winona Houser, MD, is a family doctor, practicing primary care at the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority in Cherokee, North Carolina. She was a student at Penn State University College of Medicine when she did a Student Elective Term at Shirati KMT Hospital during February and into March of 2014. She completed medical school at Penn State College of Medicine (2014) and family medicine residency at Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, North Carolina (2017).
- Shirati KMT Hospital
- Friends of Shirati – U.S. based organization which advocates and raises funds for special projects at Shirati KMT Hospital.
- Jenna Nofziger SET Report
- Elisa Troyer SET Report
- Bwire Chirangi. Chief medical officer at Shirati who gave a workshop at Annual Gathering 2015 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
- The Burkitt’s Lymphoma Story Parallels Mennonite Work in East Africa
- Winona Houser SET Report
- Learn more about MHF’s Student Elective Term (SET) grants
Visit the Webinar Blog page for archived webinars.