VOLUNTEER position - O&G Intern Supervisor, Solomon Islands

  • Honiara, Solomon Islands
Yr 5 (Advanced) FRANZCOG Trainee Positions Yr 6 (Advanced) FRANZCOG Trainee Positions Volunteer Opportunity

Job Description

Australian Volunteers International (AVI) is looking for an obstetrics & gynaecology registrar who can live and volunteer in Honiara, Solomon Islands, for 4-6 months (negotiable start date). This position is part of the Solomon Islands Medical Partnership for Learning, Education and Research (SIMPLER) Program.

About the Partner Organisation

The National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara is a 370-bed hospital providing peak care for the Solomon Islands. It has major units for internal medicine, paediatrics/SCN, O&G, surgery, orthopaedic as well as a very busy ED. There is no ICU or coronary care unit. Major presentations are focused around non-communicable diseases, respiratory illness, as well as infectious diseases such as TB.

NRH’s principal activities are:

  • Provision of secondary and tertiary clinical care for people living in Solomon Islands
  • Provision of clinical training attachment for medical interns, residents and nurses
  • Provision of specialist clinical services and support to the provinces

As the only teaching hospital, NRH trains interns who return after graduating from universities in Cuba, Taiwan, Fiji and other countries.

Objectives for this volunteer role include:

  • Provide clinical supervision to the interns undertaking their rotation through the O&G Department
  • Support senior departmental staff develop and implement initiatives to provide clinical supervision to interns
  • Contribute to formal teaching sessions for medical education within the hospital
  • Role model best practice care for patients
  • Participate in assessment of interns during their rotation

By volunteering at the NRH, you will help develop the medical workforce in a country that has for long had the lowest doctor-to-population ratio in the Pacific. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a successful volunteer program that has been underway for seven years at the National Referral Hospital.

 About the Position:

  • You’ll be supervising interns in the wards and working with local registrars and consultants
  • You’ll need patience, resilience, and a set of different expectations – Solomon Islands is a low-to-middle income country
  • You’ll gain great insights into a highly diverse community facing many challenges.

This role will suit an advanced trainee who has an interest in clinical education and is committed to building clinical knowledge and skills for junior doctors. Ideally, candidates should have a firm grasp of the principles of adult learning, and experience in clinical supervision.

We actively support and encourage people of all backgrounds and abilities to volunteer internationally and aim to make the program as accessible and inclusive as possible.

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The position is being advertised until filled. Start date listed is indicative and can be negotiated.

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