Medical School Partnerships to Encourage Medical Samaritans
At the end of the day, we believe that the world needs more doctors like Don. Don didn’t see medicine as a job, but rather as his calling. During college and medical school, he often did Medical Missionary work in undeveloped countries. During his career, he continued this work here in Central Florida, caring for those with many medical needs and few treatment options.
In order to help create more physicians who share Don’s passion for helping others, The Diebel Legacy Fund has created the Medical Samaritan Program. This program was designed to include both local and international medical service, emulating Don’s passion for medical work both at home and away. It also incorporates informational speaker programs to engage the public. The Diebel Legacy Fund has been fortunate to partner with UCF’s College of Medicine to make the Medical Samaritan Program a reality.
Providing Medical Care to People Who Can’t Afford It in Orlando
An important part of the Medical Samaritan Program is focused on local medical service. The Diebel Legacy Fund has invested in the KNIGHT clinic at Grace Medical Home. The KNIGHT clinic operates one night per month and offers medical services to the working poor. Students are required to work at the KNIGHT clinic to qualify for partial scholarships to the international medical missionary trips.
Medical Samaritan Trips Benefitting Everyone Involved
In addition to Local Samaritan work right here in our own community, The Diebel Legacy Fund also partners with UCF to support international Medical Samaritan work in underprivileged nations. These Medical Samaritan Trips do much more than provide vital medical care to patients who lack these basic services. These trips also make an impact on the medical students by reinforcing their education and pushing them to learn and practice clinical care in the field under less than ideal conditions.
Students frequently work with local medical teams in these foreign countries, teaching medical teamwork and the skills to set up a clinic from the ground up. These makeshift clinics teach emerging medical professionals vital lessons in cleanliness and sanitation. Students also learn vital lessons in patient flow. With no other opportunities to see medical professionals, patients from these nations come in great numbers to take advantage of this medical care.
Reinforcing the Ideals of the Good Samaritan
This Medical Samaritan Program helps students rediscover the passion and sense of purpose that initially drew them to the medical field but may have been set aside during their formal education. The gratitude and thanks they receive from underprivileged patients helps remind students of the tremendous impact they can make. It is through these lessons that we hope to encourage a new generation of doctors like Don Diebel.
The Medical Samaritan program, supported by The Diebel Legacy Fund, benefits everyone involved. Students learn essential medical lessons only available in the field and patients both here and in impoverished nations receive medical care that changes their lives. To support the Medical Samaritan Program and help create more passionate doctors like Don, please make a donation. Even a seemingly small contribution can change a life.