As a physician working for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), you may be responding to an outbreak of cholera or meningitis, treating victims in the aftermath of an armed conflict, or setting up a treatment program for HIV/AIDS or malaria.

The only certainty with an MSF mission is that 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.

MSF is particularly seeking the following:

  • General practitioners
  • Family physicians
  • Internists
  • MedPeds
  • Emergency physicians
  • Pediatricians
  • Specialists in Infectious Diseases, HIV/AIDS, TB
  • Intensive care physicians
  • Obstetricians/Gynecologists


  • 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 any of the following:
    -  Infectious diseases (especially HIV/AIDS, TB)
    -  Public health
    -  Tropical medicine
  • Minor surgical and obstetrical experience
  • Experience with/specialties in any of the following:
    -  Emergency medicine
    -  Family medicine (with obstetrics)
    -  HIV/AIDS
    -  Infectious diseases
    -  Obstetrics/gynecology
    -  Pediatrics
    -  Tuberculosis (TB)

MSF Physicians