A Deferred Mission Appointee (DMA) is a Seventh-day Adventist medical or dental student studying at Loma Linda University, who is willing to accept a mission appointment abroad at a Loma Linda University Health International Partner Site after their residency program, in exchange for amortization of student debt. Graduates who aren’t in need of loan re-payment assistance may also apply. DMA's are approved and employed by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
- LLU medical and dental students may apply to the DMA program after the completion of their first quarter.
- Applications are reviewed and DMAs are selected by the Global Mission Appointment (GMA) Committee.