Most of a doctor's work in the field consists of supervision and training local medical staff, planning and implementing medical programs, ordering medicines and medical materials, conducting epidemiological studies and evaluating/reporting medical activities.
In projects where we are responsible for the population's health and medical care, for example in refugee camps, a large part of the mission consists of clinical curative work. In projects that support existing national health infrastructure, the work is sometimes clinical.
- Medical degree
- Medical license
- Education in health for low-income countries (provided by MSF for those who are accepted as field workers)
SPECIALIST TRAINING (ST)
A licensed physician that wants to reach specialist level competence must take specialization-training (ST) for at least five years. Training must take place under supervision. It is the business manager, in consultation with the supervisor that determines if the ST doctor has achieved the objectives.
ST (as opposed to AT), need not be completed in one go. This means that the ST physician can include various positions in the ST. This assumes that the various employments have been as a licensed physician under supervision, and that the work is consistent with the objectives of the mission. Training can also be abroad if approved by the operations manager.
VOICES FROM THE FIELD
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