What is Students for International Mission Service (SIMS)?

Students for International Mission Service (SIMS) is a Loma Linda University program that exemplifies the University's commitment to global service, incorporating international service opportunities into academic curriculum in order to 1) prepare health professions students for a career of effective global service and 2) promote the health of global communities. SIMS’ mission is to provide LLU students with high-quality service-learning opportunities that empower them to become caring, competent, and socially responsible health professionals who value service as a lifelong process. Participants work in underdeveloped areas around the globe in communities with limited or no access to health care and health education.

This program is right for you if:

  • you care about the world around you
  • you value service
  • you want to experience another culture
  • you are open-minded, flexible, and very adaptable
  • you are independent and can take initiative
  • you are ready to learn

SIMS programs are designed to help you grow both personally and professionally. SIMS invites you to immerse yourself in another culture, experience health care in a new setting, and deepen your understanding of yourself and the global community. Whether you have one day or one year to dedicate to international service, SIMS has an opportunity that is right for you.


When did Students for International Mission Service (SIMS) begin?

Students for International Mission Service (SIMS) began on February 8, 1975. Initially it was called Students for International Medical Service with the original intent to provide a forum for senior medical students at Loma Linda University to share clinical experience they had in foreign settings. However, ten years later in 1985 the University reorganized SIMS with a change of name to provide mission opportunities for students in all schools of the University.




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