The International Pediatrics Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam, more commonly known as IPSAC-VN, is a health organization that offers medical services provided by world wide volunteers to children in Vietnam. Their goal is to provide medical aid along with training exchanges and educational support to help modernize the health of future generations in Vietnam. Though the money that is donated to this organization helps the ongoing efforts through supplies and health costs, IPSAC-VN is most supported by the medical volunteers that give their time and knowledge to help. One of the organizations greatest volunteers and contributors is Dr. Mark Holterman. More detailed info here.
Dr. Holterman feels that his greatest commodity is his knowledge and time, both of which he provides everywhere he can. He has been a professor since 2011 at the University of Illinois College of Medicine while serving as the attending pediatric surgeon at two medical facilities, Advocate Christ Children’s Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. Check this. Dr. Holterman serves as the CEO of Mariam Global Health where he uses his college major in biology to do research on ground breaking technologies such as stem cell regeneration, cancer treatments, and immunosuppression treatments that have successfully been used to treat life changing illnesses such as diabetes and thyroiditis, see health.usnews.com.
With such a full schedule it would be much easier for Dr. Holterman to simply donate monetary funds to IPSAC-VN to further their humanitarian efforts, but the time he donates gives a much greater value to the organization. Dr. Holterman uses his vast knowledge to train other volunteer surgeons on the advanced medical procedures that need to be provided to the children of Vietnam. Read this. Learning on sight from an expert in the field creates more high quality surgeons to continue the work that is being done. Dr. Holterman also stands as a symbol of the power that volunteering can give to the world. IPSAC-VN knows the value that medically educated volunteers provides and Dr. Mark Holterman helps to show all the good work that can be accomplished through the donation of time.