DMA Program

Deferred Mission Appointee:  A medical or dental student willing to accept a mission appointment in exchange for amortization of student debt over the span of mission service.  Other Loma Linda students are referred to the Global Service Award program.

What is the purpose of the program?  To allow medical and dental students committed to overseas mission service to pursue their professional education with financial stability and to give focus and direction to this commitment.

Where do DMAs serve?  Upon completion of dental school or medical residency, deferred mission appointees (DMA) are placed in one of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's many health care organizations world wide.

Which specialties are needed most?  Family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, and general dentistry are usually in highest demand, although other specialties may be needed under some circumstances.

Who finances the DMA program?  Half of the eligible debt is amortized by the General Conference.  The remaining half is covered in a variety of ways, including by the requesting division or institution, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, and private donations.

What about living expenses while in school?  If accepted into the program, DMAs will also be given a Loma Linda University-sponsored stipend to cover room, board, and personal costs, as early as the start of the sophomore year.

How quickly is the debt repaid?  The amount amortized during each year of service is one-tenth of the eligible indebtedness.  Thus, if the student borrows the full amount required for tuition and books, the debt will be repaid after approximately ten years of service.  If the student is able to borrow less, the balance is paid more quickly.

Who is eligible?  All SDA LLU medical and dental students who are interested may apply for the DMA program. Freshman students must await the completion of the first quarter of medical or dental school in order to apply. Applications are processed at the conclusion of the first quarter. Sophomore, junior, and senior students may apply at any time.

Medical Student Info.            Dental Student Info.



  • Students may apply after completing the first quarter of school. 
  • Each individual must complete two applications when applying for admission into the Deferred Mission Appointee program.
    • Application One
      Fill out and return to the GC Representative’s Office at Loma Linda University the two-page DMA application from this office.
    • Application Two
      Complete the official General Conference Personal Information form mandatory for all persons applying for mission service for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

In addition to the two applications, each DMA applicant must have an interview with three individuals:

  • The Dean of the school you are attending

           Dr. Henry Lamberton, Dean of the School of Medicine, ext. 44630

         Dr. Graham Stacey, Dean of the School of Dentistry, ext. 44790

  • Verdell Schaefer, Director, Student Financial Aid, ext. 44509
  • Dr. William McGhee, General Conference Representative, Loma Linda University, ext. 87608

The applications will be considered at the quarterly Global Mission Appointment Committee Meeting.

Instructions for Completing the Personal Information Form Online:

1.   Go to - - Using Internet Explorer as your browser is most reliable.

2.  Click - Employee (found at the top right corner)

3.   Click - Fill Out Application (just above log-in box on the left)

4.   Select Jocelyn Sonsona as the person who asked you to fill out the application

5.   Select Loma Linda University as the Institution that needs confidential access to your information.

6.   Complete the personal information (Please use Upper and Lower Case - NOT all capitals!)

7.   Click Register or Submit

8.  When the next screen is displayed, make a note of the username that is assigned to you and the password you have chosen - this will be of use throughout your application procedure and if you become an interdivision employee.

9.  After Registering, follow the instructions to fill-out the Personal Information Form

10.  Each time you open the website, login with your username and password in the yellow box on the left of the screen.  If you have forgotten your username or password yoy may send an email to or requesting them to send them to you.

11.  Save the information frequently as it often can get lost in cyberspace.

12.  Please read the boxes that pop up because they may be an error warning and all the entered information will not be saved until the error is corrected.

13.  After you are done completing the form, please notify the office by sending an email to Jocelyn Sonsona at

Note:  For husband and wife, please use the shaded part of the form for your spouse and make sure that you enter your spouse's name and save before you enter any information in the spouse section.  Download Completing the PI Form for more detailed help.