Community Outreach, Mark J. Holterman

Volunteering with IPSAC-VN



Dr. Mark Holterman, an accomplished medical researcher, practitioner, and educator, splits his time between such roles as professor at the University of Illinois and as CEO of Mariam Global Health. Dedicated to helping patients in a variety of ways, Mark Holterman, MD, supports such charitable organizations as the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC-VN).

To continue helping healthcare professionals in Vietnam improve access to pediatric surgical care and increase their capacity for such care, IPSAC-VN relies on the support of donors and volunteers.

Volunteers offer the most hands-on support of the organization by providing patient care, training, lecturing, and surgery at affiliate medical schools and hospitals in Vietnam. All volunteers must possess a visa and passport that is valid for at least six months after the date of the trip. In addition to this information, medical volunteers must provide the organization with a copy of their professional license and CV.

Once volunteers are accepted, IPSAC-VN suggests that they purchase travel medicine insurance and recommend that they travel to their determined destination at least two days before they are scheduled to start their volunteering. Team debrief is held before the start date and after the end date, and volunteers are responsible for travel, hotel, and other expenses once in Vietnam.