Position Title: Director of Medical Education/Child Health Lead
Reports To: Maryland Clinical Programs Manager
Location: Harper, Maryland County, Liberia
Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized.
PIH partners with ministries of health to build local and national clinical capacity, and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality healthcare, address the root causes of disease, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global healthcare policy change.
PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation.
Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we also support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world.
PIH is seeking an experienced pediatrician to be the Director of Medical Education and Child Health Lead for our project in Liberia.
This individual will be based out of JJ Dossen Hospital in Maryland County, Liberia, with work at other PIH-supported healthcare facilities run by the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW).
He or she will work closely with the PIH and MOHSW clinical teams on the development and implementation of a medical education training program at JJ Dossen Hospital, pediatric work plan, and improving the quality of care around neonatal care, general pediatrics, and childhood malnutrition.
The Director of Medical Education and Child Health lead will be responsible for managing Partners In Health’s daily project deliverables as part of a 5-year, multi-partner academic consortium working to support the Liberian Ministry of Health’s health workforce strengthening plan through the “Resilient and Responsive Health Systems (RRHS)” Initiative.
PIH-LIB will be expanding its medical education programs in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Ob/GYN, Surgery and its Nursing programs.
The Director of Medical Education will oversee all medical education programs and curricula that will be used in Maryland County and at other PIH in-country sites.
The Director of Medical Education will work with clinical specialists in each of these fields to design, implement, and create these medical education programs and will teach medical students, nursing students, medical residents, fellows, and the local medical staff through lectures, bedside rounds, and training.
The Director of Medical Education will also attend bedside rounds with trainees and will be the liaison between the project affiliated Academic Universities and programs and PIH. Furthermore, the Director of Medical Education will assist in overseeing training and continuing medical education seminars.
The position will also responsible for the development, management, and execution of all pediatric programmatic activities at PIH Liberia in Maryland County, as well as the regular provision of direct clinical care.
This individual would provide support to the Maryland Clinical Programs Manager and Director of Clinical Programs and advance PIH’s core mission of health systems strengthening in Liberia.
- Work with the project affiliated Academic Institutions to develop medical training curricula and be the PIH liaison to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Yale University, and New York University.
- Implement and oversee medical education programs in Maryland County in collaboration with the Liberian College of Physicians and Surgeons and AM Dogliotti Medical College
- Work with specialists in Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Surgery, and Nursing to develop and implement new training programs within each specialty field.
- Work with the project staff, donors, implementing partners, and the county health team to disseminate information on project scope, goals, and deliverables, as well as monthly priorities and key tasks.
- Track and manage project milestones and deliverables, ensuring that goals are met and deliverables are provided on time.
- Effectively communicate project expectations to team members and senior management.
- Coordinate academic conferences, lecture series, seminars, journal clubs, and online education databases.
- Manage project scope, identify potential crises and devise contingency plans.
- Develop CME program at JJ Dossen Hospital and Pleebo Health Center.
- Perform guest lectures and clinical education classes at Tubman University and AM Doglitti Medical School.
- Attend and lead bedside rounds with other faculty members and trainees.
- Work closely with the M&E team to gather high-quality data and appropriate indicators to monitor and evaluate medical education programs.
- Assist M&E program with data analysis and dissemination of information
- Provide direct pediatric and neonatal clinical care and share expertise on child health at JJ Dossen Hospital and other PIH-supported healthcare facilities in Maryland County
- Work closely with the PIH Maternal Health Lead, Clinical Program Manager, and Director of Clinical Programs on the development of protocols and the implementation of programmatic initiatives designed to improve child and maternal health
- Work with procurement and supply chain specialists for procurement of specialized equipment for improved provision of pediatric healthcare services
- Develop close relationships with MOHSW hospital staff and relevant local and national leadership to promote health systems strengthening at the local and national level
- Assist with recruitment and training of clinical staff for better provision of pediatric healthcare services at both the health center and county hospital level
- Assist in the further development and implementation of a pediatric work plan
- Identify key performance indicators for child health and work with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team to track improvements in clinical care
- Work with the Clinical Program Manager and the M&E team to implement Quality Improvement (QI) initiatives related to key pediatric health clinical targets
- Provide clinical care with a focus on social justice and the ethical provision of care
- Abide by Liberian MOHSW policies, procedures, and laws while conducting clinical care
- Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) and completion of Residency in Pediatrics, or equivalent medical training; board certification in Pediatrics preferred. Masters of Public Health preferred.
- Current or recent clinical practice and a current, valid clinical license to practice medicine
- At least 3 years of clinical experience after medical school
- Clinical experience in global health delivery in resource-limited settings
- Experience in a clinical teaching, mentorship, and preceptor role (previous experience in management of clinical teams)
- Exemplary interpersonal skills to interact effectively with senior leadership, partners, government officials, patients, and other clinicians on sensitive issues
- Experience providing culturally sensitive clinical care in a stressful environment
- Proven commitment to social justice and human rights
- Ability to be flexible and effective in the face of unexpected challenges
- Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written)
- Strong organization skills
- Ability to implement programmatic initiatives with sensitivity to different cultural norms
- Ability to live and work in Liberia full time
- Fluency in English