International Medical Outreach (IMO) is a non-profit organization established at the University of Central Florida. Our mission surrounds the importance of sustainability, cross-cultural integration, preventative healthcare in under served communities, and international medical altruism. Since our creation in 2006, IMO has set up many free healthcare clinics, provided health education programs to enhance the importance of preventative medicine in underprivileged communities, and established a permanent project in Mare-Brignol, Haiti in order to have profound impact on these communities and help create better lives for those who we seek to help. IMO offers the opportunity to to aid and assist under-privileged populations while providing our members with a deeper understanding of medicinal practices, living standards, global health issues, and economic disparities around the world by operating medical mission trips in developing nations. Additionally, our trips serve a great opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and cultural awareness of the societies we visit.
Each trip is unique, but they follow a general structure allowing students to work in a variety of settings and communities within the country, gaining medical knowledge as well as providing healthcare and supplies to those who need it. Students provide assistance to physicians and other allied health professionals in both rural and urban clinics/hospitals to understand the dynamic of what medical care entails in a nation with a healthcare system different from the United States. Additionally, students develop and present health education programs to enhance the importance of preventative medicine in under-served communities.