Pediatric Critical Care Global Health Fellowship by Jonah Attebery

The Washington University in St. Louis and University of Maryland Divisions of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine are pleased to accept applications for the second year of a new Pediatric Critical Care Global Health Fellowship commencing on July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.  These positions are funded through  a 7-year award from NIH/NIAID “Treating Brain Swelling in Pediatric Cerebral Malaria” (R01 AI126610-01, PI: Dr. Terrie Taylor, MSU); one position at each institution has been created at the Faculty Instructor level for candidates that have completed fellowship training in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.  A certificate of completion will be conferred at the end of this 1 year fellowship, with potential to extend to a second year.

Highlights of the program include:

1.    4-6 months in Malawi in a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre.  This will include full time participation in the sponsoring R01 study.

2.    Optional 1 month PICU attending at either St. Louis Children’s Hospital or University of Maryland Children’s Hospital (at the discretion of the fellow and program leadership).

3.    Formal Global Health didactics include: instruction on disease process, epidemiology, research methods, ethics, health policy, resource allocation, current issues in global child health, health care rationing, responding to humanitarian emergencies/disasters, implementation science utilization in the developing world, and in-depth disease understanding of Malaria, Ebola, Leishmaniasis, Chagas Disease, dysentery, and related-conditions.

4.    2-3 weeks of Cardiac ICU mission support in Latin America via Heart Care International, Inc.

5.    Formalized Independent Scholarly Project.

All travel and living expenses in Malawi are provided through the program. Fellows will be allocated to either Washington University in St. Louis or University of Maryland in Baltimore.

Interviews will be conducted in January and February 2018. 

All interested fellow applicants should send his/her CV, three references, and a cover letter of interest in global health to fellowship leadership:   Kenneth Remy, MD, MHSc. (Fellowship Director; WUSTL-kremy@wustl.edu), and Adrian Holloway, MD (Fellowship Director; UMD-aholloway@peds.umaryland.edu). 

MSF: Urgent need for pediatric intensivists by Jonah Attebery

The new Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) hospital in Zahleh, Lebanon is seeking experienced pediatric intensivists.  Experienced PICU specialists are rare in Lebanon and MSF is reaching out to all nations and partner sections for support.  They are asking for at least four-week commitments to begin in July, 2017.  If interested, review MSF's general requirements here and contact Doug Mercer, MSF Field Recruitment Coordinator: douglas.mercer at newyork.msf.org.

Volunteer opportunity: PECC Kenya by Jonah Attebery

Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care-Kenya (PECC-Kenya) is an international collaboration committed to improving the management and outcomes of critically-ill children in sub-Saharan Africa. Upon the invitation of the University of Nairobi, AIC Kijabe Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital, Gertrude Children’s Hospital in Kenya and the University of Washington in Seattle, PECC-Kenya is in the final stages of establishing the first East Africa-based fellowship program in Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care for limited-resource settings for the benefit of pediatricians from sub-Saharan Africa.

The Problem We Are Trying to Solve

Currently, one in every 10 children dies in sub-Saharan Africa from preventable causes including severe pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria. There are only two pediatric critical care trained doctors and no Kenyan-born pediatric emergency medicine doctor in Kenya serving a population of 17 million children below 14 years of age. Many of the inpatient pediatric deaths in these settings occur within the first 24-48 hours of hospital admission and could be prevented with timely, simple and effective emergency and critical care.

What We Will Do

PECC-Kenya will directly train physicians from Kenya and sub-Saharan Africa to complete a 2-year fellowship program in pediatric emergency and critical care. The program offers three fellowship opportunities/ year focused on providing novel educational experiences, and exposure to visiting volunteer physicians. Training of local PECC fellows in Africa will be performed at three facilities in Kenya that encompass urban, rural, public and private sites giving trainees the breadth of knowledge and skills required to succeed in their unique settings. The fellowship curriculum was developed with the University of Nairobi and leading Kenyan pediatricians, and tailored to East Africa’s most urgent pediatric critical care and emergency medicine needs. Content will focus on the disease spectrum relevant for critically ill and injured children in the local context.

Beginning in September 2017, PECC-Kenya will deploy 12 volunteer trainers per year to provide on-site lectures, daily simulation sessions, and bedside training for a minimum 3-week period per trainer. On successful completion of the fellowship, trainees shall be awarded a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care of the University of Nairobi (FPECC).

PECC-Kenya is developing online-learning modules on topics in pediatric emergency and critical care in resource-poor settings to enhance professional development opportunities and continuing learning.

How YOU can help

If you are interested in serving either as a volunteer trainer in Pediatric Emergency or Critical Care in Kenya or in helping develop online-learning modules (which you can publish separately), please contact us at pecc@uw.edu or Amelie von Saint Andre ameliev@uw.edu

For more information: www.pecc-kenya.org