Medical Mission Trip

CME Medical Mission Trip – Guatemala


Certified Medical Educators is proud to announce our yearly Medical Mission Trip that brings medications and health care to help the medically underserved in Jalapa, Guatemala.  Our recent trip in December 2012 was a huge success (click here to see pictures on our blog) and provided care to over 1,000 patients over five days.

If possible, we kindly ask that you, our medical professionals friends, contribute to the trip by sending a check (made out to CME Medical Mission Trip) for any amount to:

Certified Medical Educators, 4582 S. Ulster Parkway, Suite #201, Denver, CO 80237

Hands of Mercy Ministries was started in 1999 by David and Julie Sutton, who sold their home in Texas and moved to Guatemala to begin medical mission work and ministry.

CME Medical Mission Trip – Details

Our Physician Assistant Medical Mission Team will consist of 10 medical providers with 5 experienced providers and 5 students.  This Big Brother / Big Sister approach will team up each student with a clinician.  Each day we will travel to a remote village and provide care to at least 200 people, many of which have never received any. Our host family in Guatemala is originally from Texas and will provide us daily transportation, food, sleep quarters, and interpreters for our trip.

FAQ #1: Do I need much experience? We are more than happy to take anyone interested even if they graduated one month ago.  We only kindly ask that everyone on the team be able to perform a history and physical exam.  Our team leader will be there to help with differential diagnoses and treatments as they have experience with medical mission trips.

FAQ #2: Is Guatemala safe? Our host family will pick us up at the airport in Guatemala City and drive us 2 hours east to where they live in Jalapa.  Our recent trip consisted of 10 females and one male and we would all agree that at no time did we ever have concerns about safety.  The villages of in Jalapa have some of the most grateful people you will ever meet, even after having to wait in line for hours.  As a bonus (but not needed), it is customary for the Jalapa police to provide us escort to different villages we traveled to.

FAQ #3: What vaccinations do I need?  Other than your standard US vaccination, the CDC does not recommend any other vaccines for the part of Guatemala that we are traveling to.  They do recommend the Hepatitis A vaccine if you have not already received it. 

FAQ #4: How much will the trip cost?  This once in a lifetime Physician Assistant Medical Mission trip will only cost you airfare and $500.  This $500 will cover your room and board for the week at our host family’s home with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, (and laundry if needed), transportation to and from the airport (2hrs each way), daily transportation to mountain villages (1-2hrs each way).  On the last day of the trip we will spend it in the tourist city of Antigua and your fee will also cover your hotel sleep room there (2 per room).

FAQ #5: How do I sign up to be part of the team?  If you are interested in being part of this incredible experience please email us your resume to  We will then contact you for a quick phone interview and to answer your questions.  If chosen you will need to mail in a $100 check (nonrefundable) to our address listed above.

Medical Mission Trip check list:

9 months before the trip: Obtain passport and Hepatitis A vaccination (2 shots, 6 months apart).  Begin raising money from friends and family as well as over the counter medications. We will have our first online meeting via skype.

6 months before the trip: Copy of certification and state license (not needed for students), airfare and $400 must be received by Certified Medical Educators.  We will have our second online meeting via skype.

3 months before the trip: Final trip review including medications and equipment.  Third online meeting via skype.

If someone is unable to meet the above deadlines, their spot will be offered to the first person on the waitlist.

Our next trip is planned for December 8rd-15th, 2013, so please sign up early if you are interested!

Medical Mission Trip Sponsors
THANK YOU to our 2012 Medical Mission Trip Sponsors:

Physician Assistants attending Certified Medical Educators conferences

Certified Medical Educators and their lecturers

English Lutheran Church

Applebees – crayons donated for the children

Dr. Ted Thompson and Neighborhood Family Clinic

Dr. Leo Bronston and Bronston Chiropractic

Maplewood Dental – toothbrushes and toothpaste