Pediatrics Volunteer Opportunities

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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

Siem Reap, Cambodia – Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC)

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.

Project type: In-person only

Length of assignment: 1 month

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. No opportunities for those-in-training.

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

Companions allowed: Adults and minors. 

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.

Project type: In-person only

Length of assignment: 2 months recommended

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. No opportunities for those-in-training.

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

Companions allowed: Adults and 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 pediatric residents. Volunteers will also work with pediatrics personnel to improve skills and knowledge, focusing on subspecialties identified by KABSOM.

Project type: In-person only

Length of assignment: 1-4 weeks

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

Housing: Housing provided.

Companions: Adults only, no minors.

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.