Physician Educator

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Project Description

The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) is a collaboration between the Peace Corps and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) that partners with countries to help them overcome critical shortages of health providers and build strong, sustainable health systems. GHSP places physicians as visiting faculty in medical schools in Liberia, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda. 

GHSP Physician Educators are posted overseas on one-year assignments as Peace Corps Response Volunteers; they teach and work alongside local faculty to expand capacity, strengthen the quality and breadth of medical education, provide enhanced health professional development opportunities, and improve health care for patients where they serve and mentor students.

GHSP Volunteers provide training during their year of service that will have a lasting impact by emphasizing critical thinking, promoting patient-centered care, and inspiring students to become change agents as they enter the health professional workforce.

In partnership with host country faculty, key tasks may include (but are not limited to):

  • Providing classroom-based instruction to undergraduate and post-graduate trainees, assisting with curriculum development, and student assessments,
  • Providing formal and informal clinical instruction to trainees, house staff and other learners emphasizing best practice standards (through Daily Rounds, Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality conferences, and similar means),
  • Modeling sound and locally appropriate clinical diagnostic and therapeutic bedside practice,
  • Modeling professional and ethical behavior in all aspects of health care delivery and education,
  • Enhancing existing clinical training systems and structures by developing and implementing innovative teaching tools and activities,
  • Assisting with creating/adapting/implementing improved clinical guidelines and/or treatment protocols when applicable, and
  • Organizing continuing education programs with host country faculty.

GHSP recruits in specialties that strive to meet the needs of partner medical schools; this has included internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, general and orthopedic surgery, anesthesia, cardiology, emergency medicine, pulmonary/critical care and infectious disease.

Partner Information

GHSP partners with host country medical and nursing academic institutions that identify specific specialties and other academic areas where they seek to strengthen clinical and teaching capacity when requesting GHSP educators to serve as visiting faculty.

To assist with cultural integration, GHSP Physician Educators are paired with host country counterparts. Together with their counterparts and other faculty colleagues, GHSP Physician Educators develop or refine locally tailored best practice approaches to medical education and encourage a continuous culture of excellence, responsibility, and accountability in the delivery of health care.

Required Skills

  • Board eligible or board certified physician with active license in the US
  • Experience providing culturally sensitive and competent high quality care
  • Able to meet licensing criteria and obtain appropriate clinical licenses in the host country (facilitated by Peace Corps)
  • US citizenship

Desired Skills

  • Experience in a faculty, teaching, or mentoring position in a classroom/clinical setting
  • Experience working in a developing or resource-limited setting

Medical Considerations

Because of the circumstances where Volunteers serve, some health conditions that are easily managed in the U.S. present serious health risks in the countries where Peace Corps Volunteers serve. Volunteers can only serve in programs and countries that can support their medical needs, as determined by information provided in the Health History Form completed with the application and the individualized assessment of medical records submitted during the medical clearance process.

Once a Volunteer arrives in their country of service, Peace Corps medical officers are available to provide health-care services to Volunteers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Peace Corps provides immunizations, medical supplies, medications, and full health-care coverage while in service, including, if necessary, air ambulance to a regional medical hub or the U.S. for treatment. For detailed information about the kinds of medical conditions Volunteers report while in service, see the Peace Corps’ annual Health of the Volunteer report [PDF].

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