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The Foundation for African Medicine and Education (FAME) is seeking a Medical Director who is passionate about advancing high quality, patient-centered care at FAME Hospital, a not for profit hospital in rural Tanzania. Reporting to the Co-Executive Directors/Co-Founders, the Medical Director will oversee a team of 108 medical professionals, including 16 doctors, 70 nurses, 14 lab personnel, 5 pharmacy staff and two radiographers and possess strong management skills.

Location and Hours
  • This is a full-time position located in Karatu, Tanzania.

Job Description

  1. Administrative: Provides medical direction -- developing, maintaining and/or adapting clinical practice guidelines consistent with best practices.
  2. Medical Staff: Serves as a liaison between the medical staff and the Executive Team and supervises and mentors medical department heads.
  3. Patient Care: Ensures that the quality of patient care is in accordance with the established protocols, policies and procedures.
  4. Performance Appraisal and Continuous Quality Improvement: Oversees the development and implementation of a system for reviewing and auditing patient files, focusing on quality of care and adherence to clinical protocols.
  5. Financial Practices: Promotes cost containment and efficient use of facility resources.

Click here for the Online Application and a full description of job responsibilities.

Qualities and Characteristics
  • Passionate about advancing high quality, patient-centered care in rural Africa.
  • Committed to building local capacity in rural Africa.
  • Enjoys teaching, mentoring and empowering doctors and medical staff to serve their patients well.
  • Excellent listening skills and sensitive to other points of view.
  • Willing to learn from mistakes and always willing to ask for help when needed.
  • Possesses an innate social intelligence that makes it easy to relate to people from very different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Knowledge of local cultural norms as they apply to health care delivery.
  • Ability to promote a favorable facility image with doctors, and patients, donors, partners and the general public.
  • Ability to be decisive, but fair, and capable of making tough decisions when necessary.
  • Skilled in organizing and prioritizing workload and meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work as an effective team member, function independently, exercise sound judgment and demonstrate self initiative.
  • Models a strong work ethic, is dependable and punctual.
  • Has a good sense of humor.

Requirements

  • M.D. or equivalent degree from accredited medical school.
  • Medical practitioner with an active license in the country of residence.
  • At least 10 years experience as a medical practitioner.
  • Successful track record of working in the developing world.
  • Ability to thrive living in a beautiful, but very rural and isolated setting.
  • Experience in medical management.
  • Strong ethical and moral character references.
  • English fluency, oral and written; knowledge of Kiswahili is an added advantage.
  • Computer literacy required; knowledge of electronic medical record systems would be an added advantage
About FAME

FAME is an organization entirely focused on advancing quality medical care in rural Tanzania. From the beginning, we set out to provide communities in the Northern Highlands of Tanzania with a unique healthcare experience – one marked by patient-centered care and high-quality service. In that spirit, FAME endeavors to meet the medical needs of ordinary Tanzanian people, including underserved populations in the most rural parts of the region. FAME began as a Mobile Clinic serving remote populations, and now 19 years later, in addition to providing comprehensive primary care in its Outpatient Clinic and Inpatient Hospital, FAME provides services in Surgery, Maternal and Child Health, Diagnostics and Health Education and offers an ambitious, in-house continuing medical education program designed to build local capacity. With 187 Tanzanian staff and nearly 28,000 annual patient visits, FAME serves a catchment area of 2.9 million rural Tanzanians who would otherwise have extremely limited access to quality healthcare. FAME also collaborates with more than 50 international medical volunteers annually to mentor and learn from our Tanzanian doctors and nurses. We aspire to build and strengthen FAME Medical and its providers to meet the most pressing medical needs of the next generation of families in the Karatu District and beyond. FAME is a NGO registered in Tanzania as well as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered in the United States. Learn more on our website here: https://fameafrica.org/

The Foundation for African Medicine and Education (FAME) is seeking a Medical Director who is passionate about advancing high quality, patient-centered care at FAME Hospital, a not for profit hospital in rural Tanzania. Reporting to the…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Application Deadline
    October 15, 2021
  • Education
    M.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Benefits

  • Salary commensurate with experience and education
  • 20 days Paid Time Off (PTO) annually
  • Salary commensurate with experience and education
  • 20 days Paid Time Off (PTO) annually

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in English, basic knowledge of or desire to learn Kiswahili a plus.

Fluency in English, basic knowledge of or desire to learn Kiswahili a plus.

Location

On-site
Karatu, Tanzania

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