Johns Hopkins physician to present lecture at Misericordia University

DALLAS, Pa. – The Misericordia University Department of Physician Assistant Studies and Campus Ministry, in conjunction with the 90th anniversary celebration of Misericordia University, are co-sponsoring the presentation, “The World Needs Mercy: Can You Respond,” by Dr. Karen Schneider, assistant professor of pediatric emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins University, at noon Sept. 23 in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library. The program is free to the public.

Dr. Schneider will discuss how children in need around the world need the assistance of others. She will discuss how she and others have responded to this needless suffering through her ministry, Mercy Medical Mission, which arranges for medical care and surgeries for children in Peru, Guyana, Haiti and other developing countries, and how every-day people also can assist. Most recently, Schneider completed a Mercy Medical Mission in Nigeria in August. In October and November, she will be in Kenya before traveling to work in Haiti and Guyana in 2015.

In support of her ministry, Schneider has raised more than $230,000 from various grant sources. Her international medical experiences have trained future doctors and touched those in need in Peru, Haiti, Guyana, Belize, Kosovo, Uganda and South Korea.

In Peru, she supervised five, 10-week clinical experiences for residents from 2004-07. She traveled to Haiti 11 times from 1999 to 2007. During that time, for example, she provided lectures to clinicians on treatment updates for asthma, lectured about and introduced intraosseous infusion to the northern part of the country and lectured on and introduced tube feeding of premature babies during the ministries that lasted 27 weeks each.

Schneider delivered more than $1 million in medical equipment and supplies to Guyana’s St. Joseph’s Hospital from 1995 to 2006 through her fundraising and organizing efforts.

She also secured funding so 21 children could have cleft lip or palate surgery and created a pediatric friendly emergency/resuscitation area for children, while also equipping and training staff in the emergency room on the appropriate medical supplies and medications for pediatric patients.

The Mercy Medical Mission assisted Mayan Indians as Schneider supervised resident doctors’ clinical experiences in 2003-04 for four-week periods of time. In 2001, she traveled to Kosovo where she provided lectures daily for four weeks to attending and resident doctors and staff on pediatric emergency medicine, clinical teaching in the emergency center, developed pediatric curriculum for emergency medicine residents, and helped with post-war assessment of the pediatric emergency department. She provided clinical services to rural villages in Uganda in 2000 and in a church-based clinic and orphanage in South Korea in 1999.

Schneider earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics education from Molloy College, Rockville, Centre, New York. She received a master’s degree in public health in international studies from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her medical doctorate from the State University New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn before serving a pediatric residency at Yale Children’s Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. She joined Johns Hopkins University in 1999 on a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship.

The Cunningham Award was presented to Schneider in 2005 for outstanding ministry to the poor. The award was in recognition of her creating the pediatric tropical medicine elective at Johns Hopkins and for serving disadvantaged children. The award is given annually to only one Sister of Mercy.

In 1999, she also was given the Morris Krosnick Award for Outstanding Resident by Yale Children’s Hospital.