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.  Each year our week long trip is a huge success (click here to see pictures on our blog) and provides care to over 1,000 patients.


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 Medical Mission Team will consist of 10 interested individuals including non-medical and medical providers).  PA/NP/MD students will be partnered with a practicing clinician. Each day we will travel to a remote village (usually without any electricity) and provide care to at around 200 people, many of which have never received any. Our American 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 including students and clinicians.  We only kindly ask that all clinicians on the team be able to perform a basic history and physical exam and work well with others.  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 American host family will pick us up at the airport in Guatemala City at 2:30pm on the day we fly in 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 an escort to the 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 Medical Mission trip is extremely inexpensive at only $1,200 (airfare not included).  The $1,200 fee 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 (2 hrs each way), daily transportation to mountain villages (1-2 hrs each way).  On the last day of the trip we will spend it in the tourist city of Antigua and your fee also includes 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 $200 check (nonrefundable) to our address listed above.

FAQ #6: Cancellation Policy In the event that you would need to cancel your trip, due to preplanned transportation, food and hotel costs, all funds are nonrefundable and will be used as a donation for meds, transportation fees, to/from Jalapa, Guatemala.

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 (multivitamins, tylenol, ibuprofen, antifungal creams, etc.). We will have our first online meeting via Zoom.

6 months before the trip: Copy of certification and state license (not needed for students or non-medical personnel), and remainder of trip fee must be received by Certified Medical Educators.  We will have our second online meeting via Zoom and airfare must be booked individually all on the same day.

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

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

Our next trip is planned for 12/26/22-1/2/23, so please sign up early if you are interested!

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

Physician Assistants attending Certified Medical Educators conferences

Certified Medical Educators and their generous lecturers

Dr. Ted Thompson and the Neighborhood Family Clinic


2017 Online Guatemala Recorded Meetings

1st Meeting – August 14th, 2017

2nd Meeting – September 13th, 2017

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, 801 Brookwood Lane, Maryville, TN 37801