MSF anesthetists are there to help people manage pain in sometimes unbearable circumstances. The role of an MSF anesthetist is incredibly varied: you might find yourself training local staff in the middle of a refugee camp hospital or managing anesthesia with very basic resources for complex obstetric surgeries - all in the course of a day.
As an anesthesiologist, you will carry out clinical work and collaborate closely with local health staff, to whom you will provide training, coaching and supervision.
Your duties may include
- in-theatre work
- pre-operative assessment and post-operative care, along with pain management
- continuous training and supervision of the resuscitation team
- theoretical teaching and bedside trainings of local staff doctors and nurses
- support to the Emergency Department and the ICU on airways and ventilator management, sedation and pain management
- close collaboration with the project pharmacist with regards to the safekeeping and inventory of anesthetic drugs
Be prepared to be flexible. You might work in a low-resource setting, where diagnostic equipment and facilities in the operating rooms are limited. The level of formal medical/nursing education may be less than basic, which can be a challenge in the provision of trainings.
- A completed specialist training in anaesthesia
- Work experience in following areas is essential: paediatrics, obstetrics, trauma, spinal anaesthesia, postoperative care and intensive care
- A diverse clinical experience and the ability to work independently
- Ability to work with limited materials and resources
- Willingness to abide by MSF protocols and guidelines
- A good level of English
- Availability of at least 6 to 8 weeks
- Desirable skills: regional blocks, pain management, palliative care
- Sub - specialization or hands-on work experience in an ICU
- Knowledge of tropical medicine or infectious diseases
- Work experience in a low resource setting
- Other language skills (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian) are highly appreciated