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Medical Operations Committee Committee Purpose AND MEMBERSHIP The Medical Operations Committee (MOC) was established by the Board of Trustees to provide objective, unbiased oversight of all aspects of the medical missions/programs for Physicians for Peace. The MOC shall consist of a diverse spectrum of medical specialties, healthcare professionals, and other thought leaders relevant to Physicians for Peace (PFP). • A summary of the Medical Operations Committee responsibilities include: • Oversee medical missions/programs • Recommend, as required, country/regional plans to the Executive Committee for inclusion in Strategic Plan, and, once approved, oversee execution of the plans • Evaluate new mission proposals against predetermined criteria, recommend to the Executive Committee those countries/regions in which Physicians for Peace will operate • Oversee continuing Missions/Programs • Review (mission funding) budgets and funding sources as appropriate • Establish a medical Mission/Program outcome assessment and quality assurance program • Oversee volunteers • Oversee and manage a predetermined and appropriate credentialing process • Oversee professional review process • Oversee a volunteer recognition orientation and training program • Oversee gifts-in-kind, supplies, and materials • Oversee the submission of articles to peer-reviewed journals regarding medical missions/programs Missions/programs All education missions must support those core priority areas as identified by the Strategic Plan. Specifically: Maternal and Child Health Walking Free Burn Care Resource Mothers All clinical care missions must support the following core program areas: Seeing Clearly Dental Infectious Diseases Surgery All mission proposals that fall within these eight core priority areas will be thoroughly reviewed and vetted by the staff in concert with the team leader and submitted to the MOC for approval/disapproval. Mission/Program proposals submitted to the MOC for approval should have a plan that details evidence-based outcome measures, a plan for evaluating those measures, and a budget. The MOC will evaluate, then prioritize and approve/disapprove or postpone proposed medical Missions/Programs. To be approved, each proposal must meet the following minimally acceptable criteria: • Adherence to PFP mission, vision, and values and within core program goals • Geographic equity – location of the country and its ranking on the United Nations’ Human Development Index – particular emphasis should be placed on countries ranked in the lower third of the United Nations’ Human Health Development Index, although countries not ranked in the lower third will not automatically be disqualified • Be “sponsored/invited” by a competent authority (e.g., MOH, host country NGO, teaching hospital, etc.) and provide in-country support • Providing resources and support within the limits of the organization for the team/mission e.g., lodging, meals, in-country transportation, etc. • Host contact with local hospital, university, or institution/organization affiliation in-country • Contributes to the overall quality of the medical Mission/Program as identified in the strategic plan • Sustainability/replicability • Medical Education – has a medical/health education and/or training focus • Safety of the area and what potential danger there is for the team • Financial viability (proposals need to identify how the mission would be funded, e.g., self pay, mission fund, donations) • Identifies country and mission focus/patient population needing/requesting assistance • Addresses a problem or question that arises out of a specific, unmet health care need • Identifies and addresses any potential limiting factors (cultural, religious, medical, and political) unique to specific host country All mission/program proposals shall include reasonable evidence-based outcome measures. MOC will determine the effectiveness of each Mission/Program based on the attainment of the stated goals and measures identified in the written report submitted by the team leader following the completion of the Mission/Program.
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