Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) programs include the treatment and management of a range of infectious diseases—many with familiar names, like meningitis, malaria, or measles, and many which are considered neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), such as kala azar, sleeping sickness, and Chagas disease. For this reason, physicians specializing in infectious diseases can make a significant contribution to MSF.
Specialists in HIV/AIDS and/or tuberculosis (TB) are especially needed. In 2013, MSF provided antiretroviral treatment to 331,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, while more than 30,000 people were treated in MSF programs for TB and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).
Whatever your specialty, as a physician working with MSF, 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. Your managerial and teaching skills will also be called upon, as your responsibilities will include supervision and training of local medical staff. Additional tasks may include assessments, data collection, medical reporting, and more.
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 9 to 12 months
- M.D. or D.O. and current license
- Completion of a residency program
- Current or recent practical experience
(i.e. at least 6 months of clinical practice within the last 2 years)
- Training in at least one of the following:
- Infectious diseases (especially HIV/AIDS, TB)
- Public health
- Tropical medicine
- Minor surgical and obstetrical experience