Senior Lecturer - Department of Surgery and Orthopedics

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

One Senior Lecturer in the Department of Surgery and Orthopedics, who has an MD or DO, is board certified in surgery or orthopedic surgery, and has experience in teaching and supervision of medical students and residents is needed to work closely with the University of Dodoma School of Medicine to assist with various educational, training and research activities. The College of Health Sciences School of Medicine of the University of Dodoma was established in 2009 as the second public medical school in Tanzania with the goal to train more physicians, nurses and other allied health sciences experts to serve the country. Since its inception, the school has grown in the size of enrolled students yet remains limited in its faculty numbers and capacity. Given the growth of the department demands, a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is requested to transitionally help support the growth and development of education, and to build on the foundation laid by previous volunteers to ensure quality and sustainability moving forward until more Tanzanian faculty are trained.

The PCRV will mainly teach residents in surgery and orthopedics, in addition to providing skills training on safe surgery to the broader health professional system. The PCRV will also be expected to facilitate small group discussions, mentor post-graduate students in thesis research projects, and serve as a trainer in simulations workshops and skills lab sessions. As needed, the PCRV will develop examination materials, assist in grading exams, and develop and lead professional development activities for fellow faculty and teaching staff. The goal of this assignment is to train university staff on safe surgery methods, and to teach medical students and residents about surgery and orthopedics.

Partner Information

University of Dodoma-College of Health Sciences (UDOM-CHS) School of Medicine

Required Skills

• MD or DO that is board eligible or board certified in surgery or orthopedic surgery
• Current US Medical Licensure
• Experience in teaching and supervision of medical students and residents
• English Fluency (written and oral)
• Computer and technology proficiency (MS Word, PowerPoint)

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Tanzania

  • Tanzania may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood; cardiology; dermatology; insulin-dependent diabetes; gastroenterology; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizure disorder; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten and peanut.
  • After arrival in Tanzania, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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