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Disaster Response Medical Providers (MD, DO, RN, NP, MPHSS, Paramedic, EMT)

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Americares
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Stamford, CT
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Published 25 days ago

AMERICARES

Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster. Each year, Americares reaches more than 90 countries, including the United States, with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Americares is the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies. For more information, visit americares.org.

Americares programs help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters; increase access to critical medicine and medical supplies; improve and expand clinical services; and prevent disease and promote good health in vulnerable communities.

 

EMERGENCY RESPONSE GLOBAL ROSTER

Americares maintains a Global Roster, which is comprised of experienced professions all over the world who can be available for short-term emergency deployments. Roster members are generally deployed after an initial rapid assessment is conducted by Americares core staff, but on occasion we may ask Roster members to deploy immediately. Acceptance to the Roster does not guarantee deployment but does qualify members to respond with us for a future response if their qualifications would supplement the objectives of the intervention.

Selected candidates will be required to complete a series of short online trainings on general safety and security and other topics or will be required to demonstrate they have completed same or similar trainings. Periodic trainings will be offered to all candidates on relevant topics. After training and onboarding is complete, Roster members are considered eligible to deploy.

Deployments can last anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months depending on the needs of the response. Roster members are not compensated for time spent on trainings or other requirements. Competitive deployment compensation will be offered based on the candidate’s skills and experience if a member is requested to deploy.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Doctors

  • Examine, diagnose, and treat patients in the outpatient facility
  • Provide care for injuries in trauma and non-trauma emergencies
  • Provide basic outpatient care, first aid, and life support
  • Initiate basic rapid detection tests
  • Perform initial wound care and basic fracture management
  • Utilize standardized data collection tools and improve areas with data collection gaps
  • Collaborate with local physicians, community health workers, partners, Ministry of Health or other health authorities, and similar stakeholders to enable smooth operation and adaptation to the local environment
  • Develop assessment and treatment plans
  • Provide patient education and counseling regarding health status, test results, and treatment options

Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Assist patients who seek reproductive, family planning, and/or pregnancy healthcare services

Registered Nurse/Nurse Practitioner/Physician's Assistant/Paramedic/EMT

  • Coordinate all aspects of patient care, from admission to discharge and referrals
  • Conduct physical examinations and medical assessment prior to referral to see a physician
  • Conduct patient interviews, document patient history, current health status, and medical problems
  • Perform specialized procedures such as cast application and removal, wound suturing and dressing changes, and administering prescribed medications
  • Anticipate changing needs and/or priorities
  • Maintain up to date patient records and ensure all patients are registered and recorded
  • Work closely with Americares logistics and support staff to ensure adequate availability of necessary tools, drugs, and materials
  • Ensure that sufficient materials and supplies are available in the facility

Pharmacist

  • Act as emergency medical supply representative at the in-country duty station
  • Work closely with the Logistics Lead and Medical Lead to determine emergency supply needs, standards, and available stock
  • Implement supply management tactics based on the facility in use (hospital, clinic, mobile clinic, etc.) and immediate medical needs (vaccination, medication, etc.)
  • Consistently review data to ensure that pharmaceuticals procured or donated are in accordance with Americares medical standards and international standards for safety and quality
  • Liaise with medical, logistic, and program support team members to confirm timely delivery of medical items, concise and accurate documentation and record keeping, and track expirations and quality assurance
  • Provide guidance to improve systems and processes for pharmaceuticals management in the field

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

  • Quickly determine mental health priorities in the impacted community and ensure proper analysis of field situations
  • Coordinate with existing mental health partners and build relationships with new partners to expand outreach efforts
  • Develop mental health program strategies that align with government or local authority goals, local customs, Americares policy, health facility capacities, and established needs
  • Determine obstacles for a timely and impactful implementation and adapt as needed to meet program objectives
  • Coordinate with M&E Officer to manage data collection methodology and regular reporting for implemented mental health initiatives
  • Prepare curriculum, deliver training to local counterparts and stakeholders that incorporates capacity building, and conduct post-training evaluation
  • Focus on quality assurance and technical assistance in mental health and psychosocial support services
  • Plan time for and provide mental health support services for staff in the field
  • Lead team daily debriefs in-country

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Medical degree/training required: MD/DO, RN, PA, Paramedic or industry standard equivalent
  • Experience working in the field an advantage, particularly in primary health care, maternal and child health, communicable disease, HIV/AIDs, or reproductive health
  • At least 3 years of clinical experience
  • Must be available to deploy within 24-72 hours of notice
  • Experience working in an emergency response context preferred
  • Ability to adapt to the needs of local patients and effectively utilize the limited resources available
  • Employ independent decision making while also working well with a cohesive medical unit
  • Works well under pressure and in stressful situations
  • Extremely organized, flexible, and excellent communication skills
  • Exceptional bedside manner in stressful situations


AMERICARES

Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster. Each year, Americares reaches more than 90 countries, including the United…

Details at a Glance

  • Recurrence
    Recurring

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
88 Hamilton Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902, United States

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