Community Outreach, Mark J. Holterman

IPSAC-VN Improving Vietnamese Healthcare with Scholarship Program



An experienced pediatric surgeon Mark Holterman, MD, has maintained concurrent responsibilities as professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and as CEO of Mariam Global Health for the last five years. An active member of his field, Dr. Mark Holterman supports the work of the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC-VN).

Since its inception, IPSAC-VN has worked toward the goal of sustainably improving pediatric medicine for the youngest residents of Vietnam. To this end, the organization operates several initiatives that provide medical personnel, supplies, and other needed resources to the region.

IPSAC-VN also supports this need by operating its International Scholar Program, which connects local medical professionals with opportunities to obtain further education at learning institutions in the United States. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must furnish a letter from their current institution to highlight their dedication to health care improvement.

All IPSAC-VN scholars receive $2,500 to fund their travels to the United States, where they spend up to two months at a host medical institution. During this period, they either train in medical research or participate in clinical examinations. At the close of the scholarship program, participants return to their institution in Vietnam and speak in front of IPSAC-VN supporters. This presentation must cover both their time abroad and the methods they plan to use in their enhancement of local pediatric health care.