Internal Medicine Volunteer Opportunities

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I felt that the most valuable activities for the institution were the formal didactic lectures and “chalkboard” talks I gave. These lectures provided an academic structure to the clinical day, and ensured that the residents and trainees were getting a complete and modern medical education to complement their clinical experience.

-HVO Internal Medicine Volunteer to Cambodia

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

Kampot, Cambodia – Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital (SKMH)

HVO volunteers work with physicians at SKMH to improve their skills and knowledge through hands-on practical training, lectures and clinical instruction.

Project type: Hybrid (in-person and virtual)

Length of assignment: 2-4 weeks in-person; variable for virtual

Qualifications:  Board eligible/certified in specialty. Final year residents accepted if paired with an appropriate preceptor.

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

Companions allowed: Adults and minors. 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Sihanouk Hospital

Volunteers improve the education of local physicians by providing medical lectures and clinical instruction.

Project type: In-person only

Length of assignment: 2-4 weeks

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified in internal medicine. No opportunities for those-in-training

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

Companions allowed: Adults and minors. 

Butwal, Nepal- Devdaha Medical College and Research Institute

Volunteers will be working to improve the knowledge and skills of undergraduate and postgraduate medical students at Devdaha Medical College through the provision of didactic lectures and clinical instruction. In addition, volunteers can contribute to improving the quality of patient care and patient education through such activities as helping to develop and implement clinical care pathways, developing programs, and participating in community outreach efforts.

Project type: In-person only

Length of assignment: 2 weeks – 3 months

Qualifications: Volunteers should be board-certified and have relevant experience. Retirees are welcomed. No opportunities for those-in-training.

Housing: Housing is provided.

Companions: Adults only, no minors.

Tansen, Nepal – Lumbini Medical College (LMC)

HVO volunteers will improve knowledge and skills of LMC medical students through didactic lectures and clinical instruction. Volunteers will also work with LMC personnel to improve the quality of patient care and patient education by implementing clinical care pathways and assisting in program development and training of LMC personnel on community-based education initiatives.

Project type: In-person only

Length of assignment: 3-4 weeks

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified in internal medicine with several years of experience preferred. No opportunities for those-in-training.

Housing: Housing is provided.

Companions: Adults only, no minors.

Kabale, Uganda – Kabale University School of Medicine (KABSOM)

Working with the academic staff of KABSOM, HVO volunteers will support the training of medical students and internal medicine interns. Volunteers will also work with internal medicine personnel to improve skills and knowledge, focusing on subspecialties identified by KABSOM.

Project type: In-person only

Length of assignment: 4 weeks, with rare exceptions for shorter assignments1 month (shorter assignments on case-by-case basis)

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified (active or retired) internists and internal medicine subspecialists. Final year residents accepted if paired with an appropriate preceptor.

Housing: Housing provided.

Companions: Adults only, no minors.

Kampala, Uganda – Mulago Hospital

Volunteers provide training for the faculty in the Department of Medicine. Bedside teaching rounds, mentoring trainees on outpatient rounds, lectures for faculty and medical students are aspects of the program. This project offers an ideal opportunity for both generalists and sub-specialists.

Project type: In-person only

Length of assignment: 1 month (shorter assignments on case-by-case basis)

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified in internal medicine; clinical teaching experience and/or several years of clinical practice preferred. Final year residents accepted if paired with an appropriate preceptor.

Housing: Housing provided for a reasonable fee.

Companions allowed: Adults and minors.