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The Global Health Service Partnership

The health of billions of people across the globe is directly influenced by the number of health care professionals in their communities. The dire shortage of 7.2 million physicians and nurses in 83 countries is perpetuated by the scarcity of educators in medical, nursing and other health science schools in many parts of the world. This crisis is particularly severe in sub-Saharan Africa, which bears 24 percent of the world’s disease burden, but has only three percent of the world’s health care workforce.

The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) – a unique collaboration between Seed Global Health and the Peace Corps funded through the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – was established to strengthen health education and service delivery by working with partner countries to meet their long-term health care human resource needs. GHSP places volunteer physicians and nurses as visiting faculty for one-year rotations in medical and nursing schools in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Liberia, and Swaziland (nursing opportunities only) to address this persistent shortage of health care professionals.

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Global Health Service Partnership Applications for volunteer placement as visiting faculty in 2017-2018 are now open.

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Please email any questions to nurses@seedglobalhealth.org or physicians@seedglobalhealth.org.


Application Timeline

Application-timeline-2016May 15, 2016
GHSP applications open for all physician and nursing educators for July 2017 departure and are reviewed on a rolling basis.*

June 2016
Peace Corps begins conducting interviews with competitive candidates.

August 2016
Seed Global Health begins conducting second-round interviews.

November 25, 2016
Application deadline for summer 2017 departure.

January 2017 – Late April 2017
Invitations extended to physician and nursing educators for July 2017 GHSP deployment.

* Applications will be reviewed, interviews will be conducted, and invitations will be issued on a rolling basis.


Job Descriptions

Physician Educator 

Maternal and child mortality rates are highest, and life expectancy is shortest, in countries with dire shortages of nurses, physicians, and other trained health professionals. In sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly one child in 12 dies before reaching their fifth birth and life expectancy at birth is only 58 years, there is only one nurse or midwife for every 1,000 people and one physician for every 5,100. The US has one nurse or midwife for every 100 people and one physician for every 400, and life expectancy is 78 years. This crippling shortage of nurses, midwives, and physicians is perpetuated by the scarcity of faculty to train young people eager to pursue careers in nursing and medicine.

The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) is a joint initiative with the Peace Corps, the U.S. President’s Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Seed Global Health that partners with countries to help them overcome critical shortages of health providers and build strong, sustainable health systems. GHSP places nurses and physicians as visiting faculty in nursing and medical schools in Liberia, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda.

GHSP Physician Educators are posted overseas as Peace Corps Response Volunteers to serve as visiting faculty; they teach and work alongside local faculty to expand capacity, strengthen the quality and breadth of medical education, provide improved health professional development opportunities, and importantly, improve care for vulnerable patients.

To assure cultural integration, GHSP Physician Educators are paired with host country counterparts. Together with their counterparts and other faculty colleagues, GHSP Physician Educators develop or refine locally tailored best practice approaches to medical education and encourage a continuous culture of excellence, responsibility, and accountability in the delivery of health care.

In partnership with host country faculty, key Physician Educator tasks may include (but are not limited to):

  • Providing classroom-based instruction to undergraduate and post-graduate trainees, incorporating curriculum development and student assessment,
  • Providing formal and informal clinical instruction to trainees, house staff and other learners emphasizing best practice standards (through Daily Rounds, Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality conferences, and similar means),
  • Modeling sound clinical diagnostic and therapeutic bedside practice,
  • Modeling professional and ethical behavior in all aspects of health care delivery and education,
  • Enhancing existing clinical training systems and structures by developing and implementing innovative teaching tools,
  • Assisting with creating/adapting/implementing improved clinical guidelines and/or treatment protocols when applicable, and
  • Organizing continuing education programs with host country faculty.

GHSP recruits in specialties that strives to meet the needs of partner medical schools; this has included internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, general and orthopedic surgery, anesthesia, pathology, cardiology, emergency medicine, pulmonary/critical care and infectious diseases.

Data from the first two classes of GHSP Physician Educators demonstrate that our volunteers have made a significant difference in the quantity, quality and breadth of education and training in both the classroom and clinical setting. Volunteers also report that they extend and refine their own teaching and clinical knowledge and skills. Clinicians who teach and work abroad in settings with limited access to resources gain a heightened sensitivity around health resource utilization and can acquire sharpened clinical acumen – both of which may be of value in addressing health disparities in the US.

Benefits to Volunteering

As Peace Corps Response Volunteers, GHSP Physician Educators receive:

  • Transportation to and from country of service,
  • Housing at placement sites,
  • Monthly living stipends,
  • Comprehensive medical care,
  • Vacation days,
  • Readjustment allowance, and
  • Professional development allowance.

Seed Financial Assistance

Recognizing that many US health professionals face financial barriers to service, Seed offers a debt assistance program for international service. The average American physician graduates from medical school today with more than $170,000 in educational debt; other applicants may have home mortgages or other obligations that would make a GHSP assignment impossible or difficult to accept. Seed believes that debt should not be a barrier to public service and provides up to $30,000 in needs-based assistance for each year served. From 2013-2016, Seed has offered more than $2.2 million dollars in debt assistance as a catalyst for its volunteers to serve in some of the world’s most challenging and most needed settings.

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Board eligible or board certified physician with active license in the United States
  • Excellent organizational, communication and writing skills
  • Experience providing culturally sensitive and competent high quality care
  • Successful candidates will possess the personal maturity and emotional intelligence needed to succeed working under challenging clinical circumstances
  • Able to meet licensing criteria and obtain appropriate clinical licenses in the host country (facilitated by Peace Corps and Seed Global Health)
  • US citizenship

Desired

  • Experience in a faculty, teaching or mentoring position in a classroom/clinical setting
  • Highly competitive candidates will have previous experience working in a developing or resource-limited setting
Nurse Educator

Maternal and child mortality rates are highest, and life expectancy is shortest, in countries with dire shortages of nurses, physicians, and other trained health professionals. In sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly one child in 12 dies before reaching their fifth birth and life expectancy at birth is only 58 years, there is only one nurse or midwife for every 1,000 people and one physician for every 5,100. The US has one nurse or midwife for every 100 people and one physician for every 400, and life expectancy is 78 years. This crippling shortage of nurses, midwives, and physicians is perpetuated by the scarcity of faculty to train young people eager to pursue careers in nursing and medicine.

The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) is a joint initiative with the Peace Corps, U.S. President’s Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Seed Global Health that partners with countries to help them overcome critical shortages of health providers and build strong, sustainable health systems. GHSP places nurses and physicians as visiting faculty in nursing and medical schools in Liberia, Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda.

GHSP Nurse Educators are posted overseas as Peace Corps Response Volunteers to serve as visiting faculty; they teach and work alongside local faculty to expand capacity, strengthen the quality and breadth of nursing education, provide improved health professional development opportunities, and importantly, improve care for vulnerable patients.

To assure cultural integration, GHSP Nurse Educators are paired with a host country counterpart. Together with their counterparts and other faculty colleagues, GHSP Nurse Educators develop or refine locally tailored best practice approaches to nursing education and encourage a continuous culture of excellence, responsibility, and accountability in the delivery of health care.

Depending on the GHSP Nurse Educator’s educational preparation and clinical expertise, the role they serve will vary. Typically, Bachelors prepared volunteers with clinical instruction or precepting expertise serve as clinical instructors in the clinical arena and may be called upon to assist in the classroom or skills lab. Masters prepared advanced practice nurses teach in the classroom and clinical area and may participate in curriculum and program development. Doctoral-prepared (PhD or DNP) volunteers serve across the teaching, research, service and policy domains, as needed.

In partnership with host country faculty, local nurse leaders and Seed Global Health nursing staff, key volunteer tasks may include (but are not limited to):

  • Serving as classroom faculty,
  • Serving as a clinical instructor utilizing both simulation and clinical settings,
  • Participating in the development or refinement of locally tailored curriculum that integrates educational best practices in the context of country and partner institution specific regulations, mission and need,
  • Facilitating academic-clinical partnerships to develop practice improvement projects that strengthen care at the point of service,
  • Participating in professional development activities with partner-country faculty and clinicians,
  • Working closely with nursing mentors to foster a model of integrated education and practice among medical, nursing and midwifery students, and
  • If appropriate, working with national nursing organizations to assist in the establishment of policies that support the enhanced role of the nurse.

Data from the first two classes of GHSP Nurse Educators demonstrate that our volunteers have made a significant difference in the quantity, quality and breadth of education and training in both the classroom and clinical setting. Volunteers also report that they extend and refine their own teaching and clinical knowledge and skills. Clinicians who teach and work abroad in settings with limited access to resources gain a heightened sensitivity around health resource utilization and can acquire sharpened clinical acumen – both of which may be of value in addressing health disparities in the US.

Benefits to Volunteering

As Peace Corps Response Volunteers, GHSP Nurse Educators receive:

  • Transportation to and from country of service,
  • Housing at placement sites,
  • Monthly living stipends,
  • Comprehensive medical care,
  • Vacation days,
  • Readjustment allowance, and
  • Professional development allowance.

Seed Financial Assistance

Recognizing that many US health professionals face financial barriers to service, Seed offers a debt assistance program for international service. The average American nursing student graduates with significant debt or may have home mortgages or other obligations that would make a GHSP assignment impossible or difficult to accept. Seed believes that debt should not be a barrier to public service and provides up to $30,000 in needs-based assistance for each year served. Since inception, Seed has offered more than $2.2 million dollars in debt assistance as a catalyst for its volunteers to serve in some of the world’s most challenging and most needed settings.

Qualifications

  • BSN and at least 3 years of clinical experience considered
  • Advanced degrees preferred (Masters in nursing education, advanced practice nursing [CNM, FNP, CRNA or PNP], MPH) or doctoral degree (PhD, DNP)
  • Active RN license in the United States
  • Experience as a nursing educator in the classroom and/or clinical instructor or preceptor in the clinical setting
  • Excellent organizational, communication and writing skills
  • Experience providing culturally sensitive and competent high quality care
  • Successful candidates will possess the personal maturity and emotional intelligence needed to succeed working under challenging clinical circumstances
  • Able to meet licensing criteria and obtain appropriate clinical licenses in the host country (facilitated by Peace Corps and Seed Global Health)
  • US citizenship

Desired

  • Highly competitive candidates will have previous experience working in a developing or resource-limited setting

Volunteer Benefits

Data from the first two classes of GHSP Physician Educators demonstrate that these volunteers have made a significant difference in the quantity, quality and breadth of curricula offerings in both the classroom and clinical setting. Volunteers also report that they extend and refine their own teaching and clinical knowledge and skills. Studies show that educators and clinicians who teach and work abroad gain a heightened sensitivity around appropriate health resource utilization and acquire sharpened clinical acumen while practicing in settings with limited access to state-of-the-art technology. Combined with a heightened awareness of the importance of the social determinants of health GHSP Physician Educators return to their home communities with strengthened clinical and teaching skills ready to make a difference in addressing health disparities in the US.

Benefits to Volunteering

As Peace Corps Response Volunteers, GHSP Physician Educators receive:

  • Monthly living stipends,
  • Housing at placement sites,
  • Transportation to and from country of service,
  • Comprehensive medical care,
  • Vacation days,
  • Readjustment allowance, and
  • Professional development allowance.

Seed Financial Assistance

Recognizing that many US health professionals face financial barriers to service, Seed offers the only US loan repayment program for international service. The average US physician graduates from medical school today with more than $170,000 in educational debt; other applicants may have home mortgages or other obligations that would make a GHSP assignment impossible or difficult to accept. Seed believes that debt should not be a barrier to public service and provides up to $30,000 in needs-based assistance for each year served. From 2013-2016, Seed has awarded more than $2 million dollars in debt assistance as a catalyst for service to its volunteers to work in some of the world’s most challenging and most needed settings.

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august

1aug - 31All DayInformational Webinar

september

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october

29oct - 2novAll DayAmerican Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition

november

29oct - 2novAll DayAmerican Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition
13nov - 17decAll DayAmerican Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH)

december

13nov - 17decAll DayAmerican Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH)

january

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GLOBAL HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS


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Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for almost 70% of the global total of new HIV infections.

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the World Health Organization estimates there is a critical shortage of 7.2 million doctors, nurses and midwives around the world.

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There are no medical schools in 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.