OMS Feature Volunteer
OnSite Medical Service is dedicated to improving healthcare and education throughout the world. This dedication is best demonstrated through the actions of our staff and we are proud to share these experiences with others. We are truly inspired by the efforts of our EMT’s, Paramedics, and Physicians and we hope that their stories will be as equally inspirational for you!
Every month, OMS will feature the volunteer efforts of one of our staff with a brief pictorial of their experience. Hope you enjoy!
OMS Feature Volunteer – October 2013
Years with OMS Education Division:
2 years as the OB Emergency Lecturer
Organization/Area Served: Haiti
After the Haitian earthquake of 2010 Doc Tipu has travelled numerous times to Haiti to help first in the disaster response phase, next in the healing phase, and now in the reconstruction phase. Throughout all this, he has been touched by the stories and people of this Caribbean isle and now writes these stories for others to experience.
Tipu Vahid Khan is an American physician who has traveled and worked in Haiti numerous times. Doc Tipu grew up in Southern California and worked his way up and down the west coast during his education. He attended UC Davis for undergraduate where he earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Philosophy and a Bachelors of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. He then went north to Seattle where he attended the University Of Washington School Of Medicine, earning a Medical Doctor degree with an added qualification in The Underserved Pathway. He returned to the Los Angeles area for residency training in Family Medicine at Harbor-UCLA L.A. County Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in Surgical Obstetrics at USC Family Medicine California Hospital.
Currently he works at The UMMA Community Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center in underserved South Central Los Angeles and is Volunteer Faculty at both USC and UCLA. He is Faculty for Continuing Medical Education for the California Academy of Family Physicians.
Doc Tipu has dedicated his life to working with the poor and underserved, both here and abroad. During his career he has been involved in the student/resident physician run free clinic system. As an undergraduate he helped open a free clinic for the homeless of Sacramento; as a medical student he opened the first student run open-community free clinic in Seattle; and as a faculty member is working with students from The University of California at Irvine in opening a free clinic for the working poor of North Orange County in Southern California.
Doc Tipu’s Message:
Dear Friends, Team-Mates, and Donors:
Thanks to the gracious donations received from around the world, Haitians are trying to rebuild and recover. However, digging themselves out of the quake is one thing but digging out of 300 years of poverty is another. At Hospital Bernard Mevs the mantra of self healing is being perfected. As foreign volunteers we are providing our expertise in two ways: 1) Clinical skills in caring for patients; and more importantly, 2) Educating the Haitian Physicians, Nurses, Students, and newly certified EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians). The former allows us to treat a few hundred patients at a time when we are there. With time, volunteers and interest will wane. The latter, however, is leaving a lasting immeasurable set of skills and attitudes in Haiti – creating in Haiti the standard of care we expect – the standard of care that should be a human right for all.
Our team is planning on making another trip to Haiti during the week of October 11- 20 (patient care during 12th-19th). As always, these trips are funded by your munificent donations. Without your support we would not be able to provide the care we do. Donations are used to secure travel to and from Haiti and to purchase much needed medications and supplies to donate to the hospital. Left over money is donated to local families in Haiti. Every dollar counts!
Our fundraising goal is $4000. Please donate generously and spread the word. Donations can be made by clicking here. If you would rather donate by writing and mailing a check or money order, please contact me by clicking here for more information.
Tipu V. Khan, M.D.