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.

Assignment: 2-4 weeks

Teaching Topics: Internal medicine – all topics; endocrinology (diabetes), cardiology, gastroenterology, infectious disease & pulmonology of particular interest

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

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified in specialty.

Activities: Case presentations, clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, grand rounds, mentoring.

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

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Sihanouk Hospital

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

Assignment: 2-4 weeks

Teaching Topics: Internal medicine – all topics; endocrinology (diabetes), cardiology, neurology, infectious disease, rheumatology, gastroenterology, nephrology & pulmonology of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No.

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified in internal medicine.

Activities: Case presentations, clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, grand rounds, mentoring.

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

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children.

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.

Assignment: 3-4 weeks

Teaching Topics: Internal medicine – all topics

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No.

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified; several years of experience preferred.

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

Housing: Housing is provided.

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

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.

Assignment: 4 weeks, with rare exceptions for shorter assignments

Teaching Topics: Internal medicine – cardiology and noncommunicable diseases of particular interest

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

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified (active or retired) internists and internal medicine subspecialists.

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

Housing: Housing provided.

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