Medical Mission Overview: An Orientation to International Aide Work

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Sunday, March 11, 2018 to Saturday, March 17, 2018


Bocas del Toro, Panama

Medical Mission Overview: An Orientation to International Aide Work

This activity is designed for individuals looking to develop and/or improve their tropical medicine competence and medical mission performance.


This interactive course is designed to combine hands-on training alongside the experienced Floating Doctors staff with classroom didactics lead by an international staff of highly trained and experienced physicians. There will be a total of four days of classroom discussions, reviewing perspectives on best practices for remote care diagnostics and treatments, five hours of hands-on portable ultrasound techniques, and two days of hands-on training in remote clinics with the Floating Doctors. View agenda.


This conference is ideal for experienced and inexperienced medical practitioners primarily from internal medicine, emergency medicine, family practice, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology who have a desire to effectively participate in providing quality healthcare in the remote setting, especially in tropical areas.

Key Topics

  • Cultural Competency
  • Running a Successful Clinical Deployment
  • Medico-Legal Aspects of Mission Work
  • Maximizing the Scope of Service in Resource Limited Settings
  • Ultrasound
  • Maternal Health
  • Births in Remote Settings
  • Pediatrics
  • Infectious Disease
  • Parasites
  • Gastrointestinal Disease
  • Cardiology
  • Surgery in Limited-Resource Settings


  • Two days of remote clinic deployment where the learner receives the highest quality instruction from experienced staff to ensure the retention of knowledge
  • Ultrasound techniques for remote obstetrics, gastrointestinal, and cardiology diagnostics
  • Hands on practical planning session with the Floating Doctors staff for a future remote medical clinic

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this conference, participants will be better able to:

  • Plan and organize your own medical mission. 
  • Diagnose conditions using portable ultrasound. 
  • Identify and treat common presentations in remote settings without hospital support. 
  • Diagnose and treat conditions outside your specialty in remote settings.

Presented By

RemoteCare Education

In Collaboration With

Floating Doctors
Founded in 2007, the Floating Doctors Mission is to reduce the present and future burden of disease in the developing world, and to promote improvements in healthcare delivery worldwide.


  • Benjamin LaBrot, MBBChBAO
    Medical Director and President, Floating Doctors
  • Ryan McCormick, MBBChBAO
     CEO of RemoteCare Education, Vice-President and Director of Education Outreach for Floating Doctors


Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education and RemoteCare Education. University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 36.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Healthcare Professionals

Other healthcare professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit their statement of participation to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit.  The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.


Early Rate: On or Before February 12, 2018

Physicians and Other Healthcare Professionals: $2,300
Residents/Fellows, Sermo Users, Past Floating Doctors Participants or UMN/M Health: $2,000

Regular Rate: On or After February 13, 2018

Physicians and Other Healthcare Professionals: $2,600
Residents/Fellows, Sermo Users, Past Floating Doctors Participants or UMN/M Health: $2,300

The cost for the whole conference, including lodging, food and intra-island transportation during the program is $2,000 or $2,300 through February 12, 2017, and $2,300 or $2,600 thereafter. Registration fees include a course workbook and daily breakfast, lunch, dinner breaks throughout the course.

It will also be required to register with the Floating Doctors directly. They will collect all of your needed paperwork in order to submit it to the local governments for your approval to work within Panama. You can register at Volunteer Registration: Licensed Health Care Providers « Floating Doctors. This information will also be needed in order to plan for any special requests you might have. There is a section in this registration that requests a donation to Floating Doctors, but this can be left blank as this is already covered in the cost of your registration, which covers your housing, food, medical supplies, and transport to medical clinics. In the area to upload a Letter of Recommendation, please just upload a PDF document which says, "approved for CME course".

Group Discount

For a group of 3 registrants from the same clinic, we offer a 3-for-2 registration fee discount. Please send the registrations and check payment together. NO refunds will be issued if a person from a group has to cancel or does not show up at the course. Normal refund policy applies for complete group cancellations.


Special needs such as dietary restrictions, lacation room, etc. should be indicated in advance; requests cannot always be honored onsite.

How to Register


Photo Release

CPD may take photos/video of participants at CPD events and these may appear in CPD's promotional materials. Your attendance constitutes your permission and consent for photography and video subsequent usage.


Bocas del Toro, Panama
(Floating Doctors Headquarters)
Phone: 818-943-2488 (Dr. LaBrot via Viber)
RemoteCare Education Website

Overnight Accommodations

Accommodations will be provided for all participants at the Floating Doctors Headquarters, which is included in the registration fee. Conference attendees will be hosted by Floating Doctors in their brand-new headquarters. Located on a small, protected island just off Isla San Cristobal, the facility is just a 10-minute water taxi ride from Bocas Town, but is secluded enough to feel like another world. The facility provides a bunkhouse with dorm-style accommodations, each room sleeping up to four, with a separate bath house and communal building.

Daily meals and Wi-Fi are provided and included in the registration fee.


Travel costs to and from Bocas del Toro, Panama are paid for by the participant and are not included in the registration fee. RemoteCare Education will, however, assist in the coordination of transportation plans to ensure the participant travels with others enrolled in the program if possible and provide information to help make sure all flights are booked and completed in the most efficient manner possible. Once in Bocas del Toro all travel to program-related activities is provided free of charge by RemoteCare Education. For travel assistance, contact Ryan McCormick at RemoteCare Education at