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Lecturer in Pediatrics and Child Health

Peace Corps Response
Dodoma, Tanzania
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One Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Lecturer in Pediatrics and Child Health and work with students in classroom and skills lab settings without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students at the University of Dodoma-College of Health Sciences (UDOM-CHS) School of Medicine. UDOM-CHS School of Medicine was established in 2009 as the second public medical school in Tanzania with the goal to train more physicians, nurses and other allied health science experts to serve the country. Since its inauguration, the school has grown in the size of enrolled students yet remains limited in its faculty numbers and capacity. From 2013-2018 UDOM-CHS partnered with the Peace Corps to bring additional faculty support to the school. The pediatrics department has a critical shortage of faculty and has benefited from this partnership, with a Volunteer consistently placed in the department during 4 of the 5 years of the program. This has been a fruitful partnership as the department seeks to develop future leaders to address the extraordinary child health challenges within Tanzania. A new Masters of Medicine in Pediatrics and Child Health post-graduate training program (residency) started in 2016, with the first cohort expected to graduate in 2019. Additionally, a Masters of Pediatric Nursing degree program began in 2015 and is also overseen by the department. At present, the department has only two local faculty members responsible for all of the academic and clinical duties of the department at four campuses (Tumbi, Iringa, Dodoma regional hospitals and Benjamin Mkapa hospital in Dodoma). Two more staff members are currently pursuing their postgraduate training and are expected to join the department when they graduate in September 2019. A PCRV is requested to transitionally help support the growth and development of pediatrics education and to build on the foundation laid by previous Volunteers to ensure quality and sustainability moving forward until more Tanzanian faculty are trained.

The PCRV will be a key member of the pediatrics department and assist with the various educational, training and research guidance activities in conjunction with other faculty members on a rotational basis or as joint efforts. The primary goals would be providing lectures in pediatric topics to undergraduate and post-graduate students; facilitating small group discussions and learning in the format of morning report, grand rounds, simulations of procedures, and journal clubs; serving as a trainer in simulation workshops and skills lab sessions, with a focus on neonatal resuscitation basic life support (BLS) skills; advising and facilitating the existing student-led multi-disciplinary group of trainers in Helping Babies Breathe; and supporting e-learning activities that supplement the curriculum. This position will not include involvement in or provision of any direct patient assessment, management, or care, the provision of any counseling services, or any supervision or conducting of clinical research. The skills of a PCRV are sought to provide dedicated mentorship to pediatric residents and advanced nurses, who are poised to become leaders in teaching, patient care, and research.

The position is scheduled to leave on February 9th, 2020, and is a 12 month term of service. Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change due to programmatic need.

To learn more about Peace Corps Response please visit us at www.peacecorps.gov/response.


• MD or DO with board eligibility or board certification in Pediatrics or Family Medicine
• Active US Medical Licensure
• Able to meet licensing criteria and obtain appropriate licensure in the host country (facilitated by Peace Corps)
• English Fluency (written and oral)
• Computer and technology proficiency (MS Word, PowerPoint)


The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Posted: 2019-08-29 Expires: 2019-09-28

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Peace Corps Response
Dodoma, Tanzania

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