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Physicians For Peace

teach one. heal many.

aka Physicians For Peace   |   Norfolk, VA   |  www.physiciansforpeace.org

Mission

The purpose of Physicians for Peace is to educate and empower local providers of surgical care to alleviate suffering and transform lives in under-resourced communities around the world.

Notes from the nonprofit

Physicians for Peace makes a sustainable, lasting difference in the healthcare systems of under-resourced countries whose populations suffer a gap in access to quality surgical care. Our "Teach One, Heal Many" model means our volunteer healthcare professionals do not travel abroad, perform treatments scarce or unavailable in that country, and leave. They DO travel to teach peer healthcare workers living in those areas, using resources they already have—to build their knowledge, skills, and capabilities to deliver needed treatments themselves. Our sustainable model is also renewable. We work with motivated trainees who want to teach, and empower them to become trainers themselves. This increases the number of health educators in under-served regions, lessening the need for medical volunteers to travel there and teach. This model succeeds because we partner with committed medical facilities and providers willing to work closely with Physicians for Peace to create permanent change.

Ruling year info

1994

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. James E. Morgan CPA

Main address

520 W. 21st Street, Suite G2103

Norfolk, VA 23517 USA

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EIN

54-1532165

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The vast majority of the world's population lacks access to safe, quality surgical care. Physicians for Peace partners with surgical care providers in under-resourced communities around the world, prioritizing education and training to strengthen skills and contribute to systemic changes that build stronger, healthier communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Burn Care

The Physicians for Peace burn care program provides essential skills and training that contribute to greater access to quality care in under-resourced areas of the world.

Proper treatment of burn injuries greatly improves not only medical outcomes, but also psychosocial and economic outcomes. Recognized best practices in treatment involve a multidisciplinary medical team comprised of surgeons, nurses, and therapists.

Because burns are lifetime injuries, requiring dedicated medical care for years after the initial injury, PFP voluntary medical educators provide training and mentorship to an array of healthcare providers who treat and heal patients with burn injuries throughout their recovery and rehabilitation.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
People of Latin American descent
People with physical disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities

Physicians for Peace (PFP) is improving access to safe, timely surgical care by educating and training Malawian surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical registrars, clinical officers, and nurses to increase the country’s surgical capacity. Access to medical care in Malawi ranks among the most challenging in the world, with only 60 surgeons and 6 anesthesiologists for the population of 19 million. Our volunteer medical educators serve as visiting faculty in the surgical department at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre. PFP also supports an operating room dedicated to surgical training activities. Alongside QECH staff, the Malawi College of Medicine, and collaborators, PFP is working to bolster surgical training and education so that Malawi’s surgical workforce can continue to grow and strengthen to serve the overwhelming patient need.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

InterAction - Member 2000

The G4 Alliance 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of health education trainings conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of volunteer health care providers

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of people trained

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals include increasing surgical capacity to strengthen delivery of surgical care in local communities by:

• training physicians, nurses, registrars, residents and clinical officers;
• ensuring successful patient recovery through strengthening post-operative care, critical care, and rehabilitation;
• ensuring the availability of proper anesthesia providers and medications;
• contributing to enduring education and training programs sustainable at the local level through creation of protocols and procedures,
• implementing monitoring and evaluation, leadership training; and
• fostering long term connections with and among trainees, as they become trainers themselves and colleagues in our work going forward.

Since 1989, Physicians for Peace (PFP) has contributed medical expertise, combined with compassion, commitment and cultural competency, to address the need for training and education that builds surgical capacity in under-served communities. We accomplish this by investing in long term partnerships centered on education, connecting medical expertise with defined needs, and responding and adapting to situational changes over time.

Our volunteer experts in surgical care, along with PFPs staff and board of directors, are united in the belief that the capacity to provide quality local surgical care is essential to transforming lives and communities, and that peer-to-peer partnerships that address locally identified gaps in training and education are the most effective and sustainable methods to achieve these goals.

We identify and develop strong in-country partnerships with local governments, hospitals, academia and professional societies and provide visiting faculty as both short-term and long-term volunteer medical educators, working as multidisciplinary teams to develop curricula and teach leadership skills.

We provide salary support for key in-country personnel functioning as extensions of PFPs staff. Our peer-to-peer approach is expanded in reach through technology to enhance communications and maintain continuing education and mentorship activities. We also foster relationships within the global health community, actively engaging in global health discourse in order to serve as an active voice advocating for under-served surgical patients and under-resourced surgical providers.

At the core of our organizational strength is a cadre of dedicated volunteer medical educators who are committed to building capacity to provide sustained, quality, safe surgical care.

To leverage our resources, we strategically partner with in-country colleagues, hospitals, academic institutions, professional societies, as well as other non-profits. Whenever possible we use low cost, high impact tools for communicating and training.

In Malawi, a country of 19 million with just 60 surgeons and 6 anesthesiologists, our multi-year, multidisciplinary in-country training contributes to building a stronger surgical care workforce. PFP helped start up the first pediatric ICU in Malawi, contributing a long term volunteer intensivist physician overseeing education and systems creation, longitudinal expert pediatric nurse training, and ongoing mentorship and systems development. We’ve nurtured a partnership with the non-profit, Raising Malawi, supporting the Pediatric Surgical and Intensive Care Centre’s success, and collaborate with several other Malawian organizations.

Building on a long history of strong partnerships across Latin America, PFP improves the skills of multi-disciplinary burn care professionals from local burn units that collectively treat thousands annually. Many who have received PFP training and education are now trainers themselves, leading education and training in the region, strengthening capacity and sustainability for the benefit of patients and their families. This strategy extends PFP’s impact and facilitates continuing education, training support and the adoption and sharing of best practices among burn care professionals in the region. We created burn surgery rehabilitation certification, adapting a Burn Rehabilitation Therapist Competency tool aligned with the International Society for Burn Injuries, to ensure each Latin American partner country has at least one expert burn therapist teaching their peers gold standards of care and serving as a valuable regional resource.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Physicians For Peace

Board of directors
as of 04/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. John Schulz

Massachusetts General Hospital

Term: 2023 - 2025

Cynthia Romero, MD

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Jennifer Barker

BNY Mellon Treasury Services

Shemaine Rose, CPA

Chesapeake Hospital Authority

Edwin Burkett, MD

Alliance Medical Ministry

Serena Keith

Backstage

Sowmya Murthy, PhD

Johnson & Johnson

John Schulz, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Atul Grover, MD, PhD

AAMC Research & Action Institute

Carolyn Ramwell, RN, MSN, PNP

Children's National Medical Center

Jennifer Schlener-Thomas

Association of American Medical Colleges

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/3/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/03/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.