PEDIATRICS

After PICU rounds, I generally worked and taught the residents in the ‘Resuscitation Room.’ I tried not to get too involved and instead direct the residents and provided recommendations to them. I also helped them lead resuscitation efforts of which there were many. As their approach was somewhat different from the western approach, I always discussed therapy with the residents and asked for their opinion. I learned a great deal from them.

-HVO Pediatrics Volunteer

READY TO VOLUNTEER?

There are multiple steps to the placement process and often more than one approval is required. The process varies slightly from country-to-country and project-to-project. We strive to make this process as quick as possible but potential volunteers should be aware that final approval can take several months.

 

ACTIVE PROJECTS

Thimphu, Bhutan – National Referral Hospital
Volunteers provide training to the pediatricians, general medical duty officers, and nurses in the pediatric department in both in-patient and out-patient services. Volunteers provide training, presentations and hands-on demonstrations.

Assignment: 1 month

Teaching Topics: Pediatrics – all topics; cardiology, infectious disease, infectious disease, intensive care, neurology, neonatology and developmental pediatrics of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified; current license to practice (active or retired); academic appointees and private practitioners accepted; sub-specialists in cardiology, infectious disease, intensive care, neurology preferred

Activities: Clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, grand rounds, mentoring

Housing: Housing is provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; not suitable for children

 

Siem Reap, Cambodia – Angkor Hospital for Children
HVO volunteers will contribute to improving and maintaining the quality of inpatient and outpatient pediatric care at AHC, working to improve the pediatric residency-training program and broaden professional perspectives and development opportunities for senior staff.

Assignment: 1 month

Teaching Topics: Pediatrics – all topics; pediatric radiology, neonatology, pediatric emergency medicine, pediatric intensive care and cardiology of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified; current license to practice (active or retired); hospital-based general pediatricians or sub-specialists with experience in hospital setting; teaching and/or clinical supervision experience required

Activities: Clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, education material development, faculty/staff training, grand rounds, formal lecturing, mentoring

Housing: Volunteer responsible for housing; information on nearby facilities provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children

 

Sukadana, Indonesia – Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI Clinic)
Please note: recruitment for this project is currently on hold.
This project will provide training to recent Indonesian medical school graduates and nursing staff at ASRI Clinic. Training will focus on clinical pediatrics, PALS and APLS and child development, nutrition, preventive care and anticipatory guidance.

Assignment: 6 weeks

Teaching Topics: Pediatrics – all topics; clinical pediatrics, child development, nutrition, preventative care, and PALS/APLS of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: Final year residents accepted.

Qualifications: Volunteers for this project must be board certified/eligible (or recently retired) pediatricians or generalists in: family practice, internal medicine or emergency medicine; global health and academic experience is encouraged but not required

Activities: Clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, mentoring

Housing: Housing is provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children

 

Luang Prabang, Laos – Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC)
HVO volunteers will provide continuing education, bedside teaching, case conferences, and mentoring, as well as organize journal clubs and other educational sessions for LFHC physicians, nurses and other health care staff. Volunteers will also provide teaching and training to pediatric residents at the site. In addition, HVO volunteers will collaborate with LFHC staff to develop presentations and engage in co-teaching opportunities.

Assignment: 1 month

Teaching Topics: Pediatrics – all topics; pediatric emergency medicine, infectious disease, cardiology, hematology, nephrology, and neonatology of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No.

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified; current license to practice (active or retired); hospitalists, pediatric emergency physicians or sub-specialists in cardiology, infectious disease, intensive care, neurology or other subspecialists preferred

Activities: Case presentations, clinical training, continuing education, departmental conferences, didactic instruction, education material development, faculty/staff training, mentoring

Housing: Volunteer responsible for housing; information on nearby facilities provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children

 

Managua, Nicaragua – Hospitals Infantil Manuel Jesus Rivera & Fernando Velez Paiz
This project is designed to improve pediatric care by increasing the knowledge among pediatric faculty, residents, nurses and community health workers.

Assignment: 2-4 weeks

Teaching Topics: Pediatrics – all topics; neonatology and community outreach/public health of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: Final year residents accepted if paired with an appropriate preceptor.

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified; current license to practice (active or retired); academic appointees and private practitioners accepted; volunteers must be fluent in Spanish

Activities: Clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, grand rounds, mentoring, health education material development

Housing: Volunteer responsible for housing; information on nearby facilities provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children

 

Vieux Fort, St. Lucia – St. Jude Hospital
Activities include covering the delivery room for complications, examining babies on discharge, working the pediatric ward, and covering the clinic and emergency room. Volunteers also mentor the pediatric house staff and provide talks.

Assignment: 2-4 weeks

Teaching Topics: Pediatrics – all topics; asthma, cardiology, nephritic syndrome, infections disease, chronic development disorders and neonatology of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: Final year residents accepted if paired with an appropriate preceptor.

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified; current license to practice (active or retired); academic appointees and private practitioners accepted


Activities
: Clinical training, continuing education, curriculum development, departmental conferences, faculty/staff training, mentoring

Housing: Volunteer responsible for housing; information on nearby facilities provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children

 

Kampala, Uganda – Makerere University & Mulago Hospital
This project is designed to strengthen the capacity of the Department of Pediatrics & Child Health to undertake research, conduct training, and effectively promote child health care. Volunteers participate by attending hospital rounds, grand rounds, and providing presentations.

Assignment: 1 month

Teaching Topics: Pediatrics – all topics

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: Final year residents accepted if paired with an appropriate preceptor.

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified; current license; retired or active practice, or academic appointment; sub-specialists preferred

Activities: Clinical training, continuing education, curriculum development, departmental conferences, faculty/staff training, mentoring

Housing: Housing provided for a reasonable fee.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children

Pediatric Hematology Opportunities – Cambodia, Tanzania and Uganda
Opportunities are available for pediatric hematologists to improve training in hematology for clinicians, laboratory technicians, technologists, and students. Activities may include giving lectures to clinical and laboratory staff, going on rounds, or working in the laboratory depending on individual expertise. Assignments are two to four weeks.

Pediatric Oncology Opportunities – Bhutan, Honduras and Vietnam
Opportunities are available for pediatric oncologists to provide teaching and training to staff, residents and students at sites in Asia and Latin America. Training activities fall under several main categories including, but not limited to: pathology, cancer control, medical/surgical/radiation oncology seminars and/or workshops, curriculum development and student and resident education. Assignments are one to four weeks.

Emergency Medicine Opportunities – Bhutan
This project is designed to improve the quality and efficiency of emergency care provided in the Emergency Department at the National Referral Hospital in Thimphu by providing educational interventions such as bedside teaching, hands-on training and case management conferences as well as developing a core curriculum in emergency medicine, in collaboration with local specialists, to use as a guide for the educational interventions. Assignments are one month.

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