Seed Global Health Physician Educator

Seed Global Health
Nov 12, 2018
Dec 12, 2018
Full Time
Position Type

Seed Global Health (Seed) envisions a world in which every country, strengthened by a robust health workforce, is able to meet the health needs of its population. Seed’s mission is to educate a rising generation of health professionals to strengthen access to quality care with a goal of saving lives, strengthening health systems and improving health.

Seed Physician Educators are placed as visiting faculty at academic institutions in Malawi and Uganda to teach and work alongside local faculty for one year. In partnership, they strengthen the quality and breadth of medical education and enhance the quality of clinical practice by strengthening skills through clinical mentorship, training and professional development opportunities. As more educators build confidence and competence, they will create a “multiplier effect” that exponentially increases the supply of skilled health professionals who are locally-trained and locally-rooted. These health professionals not only provide quality care but teach their successors and other health workers as well as serve as agents of change for the health system within their country.

To assure cultural integration, Seed Physician Educators are paired with host country faculty. Together with their colleagues, they 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 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.

Data from the first four classes of Seed Physician Educators demonstrate that our Educators have contributed to strengthening the quality of education and training in the classroom, skills/simulation lab and clinical settings. Returned educators reported that they extended and refined their own teaching and clinical skills. They return with a desire to continue volunteering and working in global health, and to continue a role in teaching – all of which may be of value in addressing health disparities in the US.

Eligibility Requirements 

To be eligible to serve with Seed Global Health as a Physician Educator, you must at minimum:

  • Be a board eligible or board certified physician at the time of deployment (Summer 2019)
  • Have experience working with underserved populations either domestically or internationally
  • Have an active medical license in the United States at the time of deployment (Summer 2019)
  • Be able to meet licensing criteria and obtain appropriate clinical licenses in the host country
  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States