Career Opportunity: Global Health Corps (GHC) - Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Physician

Background

The Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children's Hospital (BIPAI) is in search of a Global Health Corps (GHC) physician. BIPAI is a global network of NGOs that aim to provide high-quality, high-impact, highly ethical pediatric and family-centered health care, health professional training and clinical research, focused on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, malnutrition and other conditions impacting the health and well-being of children and families worldwide. Starting in Romania in 2001, BIPAI now treats more than 300,000 children in more than a dozen countries and remains the largest provider of pediatric HIV care and treatment in the world while continuing to expand its treatment of other health conditions affecting children and women worldwide. BIPAI is a joint program of Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital. 

The GHC will be employed by Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) to work with PACHIMAKE, a PEM consortium comprised of the Baylor College of Medicine-Abbot Fund Children’s Center of Excellence (Malawi), Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill/ Project Malawi and the University of Utah/Primary Children’s Hospital. These US-based institutions have been supporting pediatric care in various capacities since 2005 and have helped decrease the inpatient mortality as well as bolstered the medical education for both US and Malawian trainees. However, despite this progress critical gaps in acute care remain. PACHIMAKE aims to improve the care of acutely ill children at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) through sustainable, bi-directional implementation of effective, coordinated, high-quality clinical, educational, quality improvement and research initiatives. 

Duties and Responsibilities

KCH is the national referral hospital in the capital city of Lilongwe serving the central region of Malawi. The pediatric ward has approximately 300 beds, admits more than 27,000 patients per year, and manages all medical emergencies for the region. There are three general pediatric wards, a nutritional resuscitation unit, a post-natal nursery and a high acuity ward. KCH is overseen by the Ministry of Health and affiliated with the Malawi College of Medicine with on-site facilities for the third-year medical students. 

The goal for this position is to provide a consistent subspecialty PEM presence as this consortium grows, striving to improve pediatric outcomes at KCH. We are looking for someone with a skill set to support PEM clinical, educational, QI and research initiatives in a global setting and also the interpersonal skills to balance and grow relationships between KCH, the College of Medicine and rotating US-based consortium faculty and trainees. 

The position will be a combination of provision of direct clinical care, education of local care providers and visiting trainees from affiliate U.S. based partner sites, involvement in research and quality improvement and administrative responsibilities related to the execution of the PACHIMAKE consortium: 

  • PACHIMAKE Site Oversight: You will work under the leadership of the Head of Department (HOD) at KCH Pediatrics and alongside a US-based PACHIMAKE general pediatric hospitalist to provide clinical, educational and research oversight for the consortium. This includes regular reporting to the HOD and between local staff and US-based leadership as well.
  • Clinical Capacity Building: You will be part of the team of pediatricians who supervise medical officers, interns and mid-level providers on the pediatric wards as well as providing direct patient care and participating in call coverage.
  • Medical Student Education: As one of the pediatric consultants you will participate in the education (lectures, bed side teaching & mentorship) of Malawian medical and clinical officer trainees rotating at KCH. 
  • Mentorship of PACHIMAKE rotating residents, fellows and faculty: You will mentor rotating trainees and faculty from Houston, Cincinnati, Chapel Hill and Salt Lake City and assist with rotators from other institutions.  

Required Background and Skills

  • PEM Board Eligible or Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics 
  • Experience working in an international resource-limited setting 
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills 

How to Apply

We would be excited to have you join us in this unique and rewarding faculty position. Please submit a CV and statement of interest detailing your qualifications for the position to hlcrouse@texaschildrens.org

Applications will be considered and interviews conducted on a rolling basis.