MSF surgeons often work with emergency teams to treat people wounded in conflict zones. At other times, they join teams that are providing longer-term surgical care to communities without access to functioning health care systems.

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 general surgery, surgical-needs assessment, and training of local staff.

MSF asks surgeons to depart on very short notice to meet the needs of emergencies that require their skills. But MSF does offer surgeons the option of shorter-than-usual assignments (generally lasting from 4 weeks to 3 months or more).


  • Must meet general requirements
  • Minimum commitment of at least 6 weeks
  • Valid degree and current license
  • Completed residency in surgery
  • Current or recent practical experience
    (i.e. at least 6 months of clinical practice within the last 2 years)
  • Ability to work with limited technical resources
  • Experience in at least one of the following areas:
    -  General / Trauma surgery (MUST have experience with Emergency Obstetrics)
    -  Orthopedic surgery
    -  Reconstructive / Plastic / Burn surgery
  • Availability on short notice


  • Willingness to help with operating room organization
  • General surgeons able to perform C-sections