Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) anesthesia providers often work in conflict settings to provide care to communities without access to functioning health care systems. Surgical cases include: general, trauma, obstetrics, orthopedic, burn and reconstruction, working with all ages.
Basic diagnostic equipment and facilities needed to run an operating room will be limited: there may not even be an X-ray machine. Responsibilities include providing anesthesia, pain management, teaching and supervising of local staff, reporting, and at times assisting the ICU.
MSF asks anesthesiologists/nurse anesthetists to depart on very short notice to meet the needs of emergencies that require their skills. Because of the emergency nature of the missions, MSF offers anesthesiologists/nurse anesthetists the option of shorter-than-usual assignments (generally lasting from 5/ 6 weeks to 3 months or more).
- Must meet general requirements
- Minimum commitment of 2 months
- Current or recent practical experience (at least 6 months of clinical practice within the last 2 years)
- Ability to work with limited resources
- Experience in ob-gyn, pediatrics/trauma
- Valid degree and current licence
- Anesthesiologists must have completed their residency. For CRNA at least 2 years work experience as a nurse anesthetist post residency is required.
- Training and supervision skills
- Willingness to help with operating room organization
- Experience in pre- and post-operative care, pain management, and/or working in intensive/critical care