Physician Educator/Visiting Faculty - Seed Global Health - Tanzania
The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) is a joint initiative with the Peace Corps, the U.S. President’s Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Seed Global Health that partners with countries to help them overcome critical shortages of health providers and build strong, sustainable health systems. GHSP places nurses and physicians as visiting faculty in nursing and medical schools in Liberia, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda.
GHSP Physician Educators are posted overseas as Peace Corps Response Volunteers to serve as visiting faculty; they teach and work alongside local faculty to expand capacity, strengthen the quality and breadth of medical education, provide improved health professional development opportunities, and importantly, improve care for vulnerable patients.
To assure 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.
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, incorporating curriculum development and student assessment,
- 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 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,
- 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, pathology, cardiology, emergency medicine, pulmonary/critical care and infectious diseases.
Data from the first two classes of GHSP Physician Educators demonstrate that our volunteers have made a significant difference in the quantity, quality and breadth of education and training in both the classroom and clinical setting. Volunteers also report that they extend and refine their own teaching and clinical knowledge and skills. Clinicians who teach and work abroad in settings with limited access to resources gain a heightened sensitivity around health resource utilization and can acquire sharpened clinical acumen – both of which may be of value in addressing health disparities in the US.
Benefits to Volunteering
As Peace Corps Response Volunteers, GHSP Physician Educators receive:
- Transportation to and from country of service,
- Housing at placement sites,
- Monthly living stipends,
- Comprehensive medical care,
- Vacation days,
- Readjustment allowance, and
- Professional development allowance.
Seed Financial Assistance
Recognizing that many US health professionals face financial barriers to service, Seed offers a debt assistance program for international service. The average American physician graduates from medical school today with more than $170,000 in educational debt; other applicants may have home mortgages or other obligations that would make a GHSP assignment impossible or difficult to accept. Seed believes that debt should not be a barrier to public service and provides up to $30,000 in needs-based assistance for each year served. Since inception, Seed has offered more than $3.5 million dollars in debt assistance as a catalyst for its volunteers to serve in some of the world’s most challenging and most needed settings.
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This content originally appeared on AdvancingDiversity.com