Whether a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) project is a response to an emergency or longer-term, provision of reproductive health care will very often be a component.
Among other reproductive health activities, MSF teams conduct antenatal consultations, assist in deliveries (including Cesarean section), provide prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) treatment to HIV-positive pregnant women, and care for patients suffering from sexual violence-related injuries. Additionally, a number of MSF programs offer specialist obstetric repair surgery for women with vaginal fistula.
As an ob-gyn on an MSF mission, your clinical skills and resourcefulness will be put to the test. You will work to diagnose and treat medical conditions not commonly found in the United States, often without the resources you may be accustomed to having on hand. You can expect to perform both emergency and planned ob-gyn surgeries, manage obstetric complications (such as instrumental deliveries), manage post-operative follow-up, and train and support both surgical and midwifery staff. You will also need to learn cross-cultural issues surrounding childbirth.
You will not be facing these challenges alone—other MSF team members, both international and locally hired staff, will provide technical support, including extensive guidelines and protocols.
- Must meet general requirements
- Minimum commitment of 2 months
- M.D. or D.O. and current license
- Completion of residency
- Current or recent practical experience
(i.e. at least 6 months of clinical practice within the last 2 years)
- Experience in emergency surgeries and with complicated deliveries
- Training in tropical medicine and/or infectious diseases (especially HIV/AIDS, TB)
- Ability to work with limited technical resources
- Experience working with midwives