About the Medicine:
We are blessed with a bunch of really smart, really dedicated colleagues. We are the people who sincerely considered joining “Médecins Sans Frontières” but who found instead that there is a population of our own citizens who are in equally desperate need while still providing us a sustainable and even a very comfortable life.
Many of us came here thinking we would be here two years maximum, finding instead the job we have always wanted.
Thriving in a Resource-Limited Environment
"The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse"
- Carlos Castaneda
We are, indeed resource limited. This demands a high level of personal and professional skill, to squeeze the last drop of information out of the resources we have. The "latest and greatest" equipment is rarely part of our tool kit. It is scary at first; most newcomers have a culture shock upon finding that there is not a specialty team available to take each complex issue off their hands, but also comforted by the willingness of their colleagues to help. We are a close-knit team, supportive of one other. It is tiring, stressful, and very, very fulfilling.
Being resource-limited also means some very basic things are in short supply. If you have some percussion hammers, tuning forks, or otoscope/ophthalmoscope sets, don’t leave them behind.
The Chance to Have an Impact
It is a chance to go home at night tired and high that you figured something out by being clever and using all of your brain, not by having filled out numerous referral forms or requests for yet another imaging or referral for another cardiac catheterization study. We use UpToDate a lot. Really - a lot. Several of us log over 300 CME hours a year in the course of our daily activities. The end result is amazingly good. We are all very proud of what we can personally accomplish.
Putting Your Skills to Use
Maybe you have a special skill we can use here. Are you any good at bedside ultrasound? How is your dermatology? Do you have a background in providing care to prisoners? Interested in chemotherapy (assisted by off island oncology) or palliative care?
Each service will have its own list.
Click HERE for a link describing Scope of Work for all positions