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Team Rubicon: Short term position in Nepal

TeamRubiconLogoOur lovely friends at Team Rubicon urgently require a volunteer medic to join them in Nepal, 19 March – 2 April.  Flights & expenses covered.  Please email a brief introduction and medical CV to tim.edwards@teamrubiconuk.org .  Here’s the detail:

Calling all medics! There is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a volunteer team going to Nepal in March to rebuild a school destroyed in the earthquake. Team Rubicon UK provides disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters, be they domestic or international. By pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions, Team Rubicon aims to provide the greatest service and impact possible.

After last year’s earthquake Team Rubicon sent teams into Nepal to help with the immediate aftermath and hundreds of thousands of people were helped. Almost a year on there are still thousands of Nepalis who still need help with basic services. The team is complete except for one important member – a medic. Due to the remote nature of the deployment it is vital that they take someone suitably qualified to deal with trauma, life support, and normal medical problems. The team is 16 strong with basic first aid qualifications but what they really need is a paramedic or other suitably qualified person to deploy with them.

Team RubiconThe trip is from the 19 March until 2 April (flights dependent within a day). The deployment is unpaid but all flights and expenses are covered.If you are interested in being involved in what will be a fantastic opportunity please email a brief introduction and medical CV to tim.edwards@teamrubiconuk.org .

As time is short Team Rubicon have asked that only those who are confident that they can deploy get in contact.  Thanks.

 

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Response to the Paris attacks

The medical response to multisite terrorist attacks in Paris reviews the coordinated effort from the emergency services and Assistance
Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (APHP) .
The article offers the perspective of an Emergency Physician, Anaesthesiologist and a Trauma Surgeon, before offering a conclusion.

It’s clear no matter what the plan, it’s the people; doctors, nurses, emergency services, administrators, volunteers and many others, that enable a successful response.
View the FULL ARTICLE on the Lancet’s website.

Jobs and opportunities

The European Space Agency is once again looking for a doctor to join them for a year of research and experiments at the Concordia research station in Antarctica.
Click HERE to see the post on the ESA website.

Luangwa Safari Association Medical Fund need a doctor for 3-6 months to provide care for staff and guest in addition to providing care at Kakumbi Rural Health Centre.
Check out the full details HERE and to read a previous doctor’s blog written during her time in the role click HERE

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Mountain Medicine 2016 following another extremely successful course in Nepal trekking to Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp.
The first piece of feedback we received told us “this was the most amazing trip I have been on” and it is comments like these we aim for and pride ourselves on.
Pre-hospital Trauma Workshops will continue throughout 2016. We focus on initial care around head injuries, chest injuries, traumatic cardiac arrest, blast and ballistic injuries. We’ll also touch on crew resource management and effective leadership on scene in the single and multi casualty scenarios.

“We treat athletes like NASA treats astronauts”.

Last month saw the launch of Vollebak, a new brand that aims to tackle the fundamental issues faced by extreme sports people.

Having lived through the highs and lows that come with racing and training in the world’s toughest environments, founders and adventure athletes Steve and Nick Tidball, started working on products and experiments to help athletes relax and survive.
Click HERE to find out more.

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New roles overseas

WeFind medical jobs in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Gulf Region, Canada and UK through Head Medical‘re delighted to be working with specialist international medical recruiter Head Medical to promote some of their more interesting roles.

Arranging a position overseas is exciting, but Head Medical understand that it can also be a complex and time-consuming process. They’re the UK’s specialist in international medical recruitment and have helped many Doctors relocate since first starting in 2008. They know it’s important to balance career opportunities with lifestyle so they’ll talk through your plans and get to know you to make sure they find the right role in the right location.

Once they’ve secured a job for you, they’ll manage the Medical Registration and Visa application process, and support you throughout the relocation.

Check out these incredible opportunities:

GENERAL PRACTITIONER – RURAL ALBERTA, CANADA
3 permanent GP positions available with a well-established rural private practice based in Western Alberta.

This is an excellent chance to experience and explore the stunning natural beauty of Canada; you will be working with and making a positive impact on a local community while being exceptionally rewarded with high earnings and excellent benefits.

  • Earnings of £162,000 to over £270,000 per annum
  • CAN $10,000 towards relocation costs
  • Accommodation is available; either single units or family homes. These are all paid for apart from utilities (which are at a reduced rate)
  • Car hire paid for 1 year

The Role

Working closely with the local community, the practice aims to effectively and efficiently develop and administer programs and services. You will be working on a fee for service basis.

The practice is open 5 days per week, 8.30am – 5pm. There are also emergency on-calls at the local hospital (on average they will be 6-10 per month but more shifts are available). Weekend rates are higher during the week. As this is a rural position you will need to have skills in Emergency Medicine.

Requirements

  • To be considered for this position you must have MRCGP (acquired through examination)
  • You will ideally have your ATLS, BASICS or proven trauma and emergency medicine experience

For further information, contact Yan Scouller on 0131 240 5274 or email yan@headmedical.com

REMOTE GENERAL PHYSICIAN – AUSTRALIA

  • Challenging and complex medicine
  • Fantastic clinical job
  • Unique environment – adventure of a lifetime
  • Supportive and enthusiastic colleagues
  • Lucrative remuneration package and benefits

​This is an amazing opportunity for a General Physician with an adventurous spirit and desire to make a difference to the health and well-being of an amazing community in outback Australia.

The job is arguably the most exciting general medicine position in Australia and would attract a committed and dynamic medical professional who can think on their feet, work autonomously and enjoy one of the most remote places on earth that also has unique health challenges.

Based within a township some 300 km from Darwin you will also continue to develop a significant outreach program that has already made some instrumental gains in health care in the region.

There are very high rates of rheumatic heart disease, glomerulonephritis, diabetic retinopathy, infectious diseases and respiratory illnesses. Most of the health care issues are poverty related with life expectancy being only 45 in the region. Applicants with interests in renal, infectious diseases, respiratory, gastroenterology, cardiology or endocrinology will be highly regarded and would add real value to the service.

This position would suit General Physicians qualified in either the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada or South Africa. Your communication skills will be first class and you must be interested in working within a cross-cultural environment, across all ages.

A first class remuneration package (circa GBP150k and above plus benefits) will be awarded.

For further information, contact Alasdair Spinner on 0131 240 5276 or email al@headmedical.com

GENERAL PHYSICIAN – REMOTE & RURAL SPECIALIST – AUSTRALIA
Physician with an adventurous spirit required for an outback town in North West Queensland. If you are looking for a total change in practise and experience, this role could be for you.

We are seeking a General Physician to join a team in Mount Isa Hospital, which is also considered a centre of excellence for remote and rural training.

  • Competitive remuneration package (up to AUD$400k dependent on experience)
  • Experience the real Australian Outback
  • Wide variety of cases and opportunities to teach
  • Opportunity to make a real difference
  • We support you in obtaining medical registration and work visa
  • You will have broad range of experience and enjoy working in a multidisciplinary team setting

The Medical Ward has 24 beds and consultative services are provided to the surgical and maternity wards. In addition, there is a 5-bed high dependency unit. Most referrals arise from acute medical cases seen by the emergency department or from medical, diabetic or specialist outreach Outpatient Clinics.

Ideally you will hold FRACP (or equivalent specialist qualification), and be registered or eligible for registration with the Medical Board of Australia as a Senior Medical Officer or Specialist Physician. You must have also experience and interest in working with remote and rural communities.

The Location

Although Mount Isa is a small town, established as a result of the mining industry, it is home to a variety of different cultures with a population of 25,000 and services a region spanning 300,000 square kilometres. Jump in the four wheel drive and explore the outback, do a bit of fishing, or camp out under the stars. And if you’ve never been to a rodeo, this could your chance.

The local airport has regular flights to Brisbane and ongoing international connections.

In this role, you will experience a supportive community and a relaxed lifestyle in a truly unique environment, as well as a diverse patient mix and an excellent remuneration package.

For further information, contact Caroline O’Hagan on 0131 240 5276 or email caroline@headmedical.com

 

SENIOR MEDICAL OFFICER – AUSTRALIA
Fantastic management and clinical opportunity, giving you the chance to lead a vital service with an outstanding salary and benefits package on offer.

  • Salary £220,722 to £261,763 per year
  • Housing at a subsidised rental rate
  • Car provided
  • End of service gratuity

The Role

An enthusiastic Senior Medical Officer (SMO) required to lead a team in the beautiful East Kimberley region of Western Australia, based in Kununurra. The East Kimberley SMO position is a combined clinical and administrative role responsible for administrative duties and supervision/support for other medical staff working in the Kununurra, Wyndham and Halls Creek hospitals. The SMO reports to the Operations Manager at Kununurra Hospital, working closely with each site’s Director of Nursing and liaises with the Kimberley Director of Medical Services on operational and strategic issues for the hospitals. Clinical duties will include involvement in the Emergency Department and/or GP Clinic at each hospital.

Appointment to this position is based on skills and experience with a minimum requirement of 12 years’ experience in general practice environment.

Experience in rural hospital settings desired. The Kimberley region has a high Aboriginal population as well as a large transient population, which impact the health services. Three quarters of attendance to hospitals with in the Kimberley are for semi-urgent and non-urgent. The leading cause of emergency attendance for Kimberley residents are skin related diseases and disorders; injuries; toxic or drug effects; ear, nose, throat respiratory system problems. This is a fixed term position with the opportunity to work flexible hours allowing time off for professional development and long holidays.

For further information, contact Yan Scouller on 0131 240 5274 or email yan@headmedical.com

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The view from EWM towers is a very exciting one and here’s why.

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The view from EWM towers is a very exciting one and here’s why.

Moving forward

We’re delighted to announce the development of a new postgraduate education programme in Expedition, Wilderness and Extreme Medicine where students will work towards a Certificate, Diploma and MSc.
Building on over a decade of successful evolving courses to highlight Expedition Medicine as a career option, we feel that now is the right time to take a step forward and offer a formal postgraduate programme that matches the increasing levels of clinical governance in this field. We think you’ll all agree that this is really exciting for us at EWM, but also for medics out there who wish to formalise the learning and skills they have picked up in this exciting field of medicine.
If you’re interested and would like to hear more news as we announce it, be sure to sign up to our postgraduate mailing list HERE.

Next stop…
..New Zealand.

To be a little more precise we’ll be off to the beautiful Southern Alps for our ever popular Polar Medicine course. There are only a few spaces left so click HEREif you’re thinking of joining us.

Course News

We listen to our delegates and as part of our improvement strategy extended our next UK based course, to four full days. The course, which will be held in Dartmoor, will allow time for additional learning, a little more free time and greater networking opportunities. For more information visit our Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Dartmoor page HERE.

Interns/Electives

Great news for our readership who approach us about intern posts or electives. We are re-establishing our EWMi programme to accept an intern on each of our UK based courses. For more information on the application process click HERE.
If you have any questions about electives we’d recommend you take a look at what our great friends at Adventure Medic are doing. It’s a fantastic resource which contains accounts from returning medics, but check out their resources section for elective opportunities!

We want to hear from you

Your experiences: We love a good blog (or vlog) that shares your experiences with the wider world. EWM was born out of adventure and although we’re passionate about delivering high quality training, adventure is still in our soul and we enjoy reading your tales and admiring your photos.

Your photos: Photography is another passion of ours, bridging languages, sharing culture and stirring the deepest emotions. If you have a great snap you’d like to see appear in our newsletter then get in touch HERE 
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Antarctic Medical Conference 2015: Fight offer

Free flights from Miami to Buenos Aires!

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Secure complimentary flights from Miami to board expedition ship, National Geographic Explorer in Buenos Aires on 7th December for the iconic Antarctic Medical Conference, when you book with Lindblad Expeditions & mention Expedition & Wilderness Medicine’s medical conference.

Expect breathtaking scenery and huge photo opportunities on this voyage; whales, penguins & a multitude of seabirds: 7th – 20th December. With CME content accredited for 10 hours by the Wilderness Medicine Society and delivered by Dr Alex Kumar.

To read more about this life changing experience visit our Antarctic web-page HERE

This offer is time limited and due to expire 3oth June 2015, so don’t hang around.

 

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Concordia Calling!

If taking part in research that paves the way for space exploration appeals, then the European Space Agency would like to hear from you.  You will spend 12 months living in one of the most secluded places on earth at the remote Concordia Antarctic station.  After training spacecraft pilot training, you will conduct simulations and various experiments which will assist space mission designers.  Applicants must be from an ESA Member State.  Application deadline 1 April.
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ESA is looking for a medical doctor to spend a year at the remote Concordia Antarctic station. Like a martian outpost can be imagined, you will be away for over a year and cut off from the rest of the world, living and working with 15 colleagues to conduct science  in preparation for missions to the Red Planet.
Astronauts on long missions in space need to pilot their spacecraft and conduct complex operations months or even years after their training on Earth. On the International Space Station, astronauts periodically take refresher courses for critical tasks such as berthing cargo spacecraft.
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For astronauts returning from Mars, mission designers need to know that they will be able to perform after months of isolation and stressful exploration. The Simskill experiment needs a spacecraft simulator to be shipped down to Antarctica to see how the Concordia crew will cope over the course of their stay.
Another planned experiment will look closely at how our immune system responds to the isolation at Concordia. Blood, urine and saliva samples will be collected and compared to stress test results to understand how stress influences our immune system. This research is also being done on the International Space Station to understand what factors are causing astronauts immune systems to behave as they do.
Further experiments include looking at how special lights could help keep a normal sleep pattern during the dark winter months. Others are checking bone health and monitoring how the crew interact and form groups during the isolation through  activity monitors and games that test teamwork.
Does taking part in research that is paving the way for space exploration, while living in one of the most secluded places on Earth for a year, appeal to you? Anyone from an ESA Member State with a medical degree can apply before the 1 April deadline    

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Doctor(s) / Nurse Practitioner required at Lifeline Clinic, Namibia

The N/a’an ku sê Foundation is looking for two doctors or a doctor and a nurse practitioner to run the Lifeline

Clinic 2Clinic based in Pos 3 in the remote Omaheke region of Namibia, from May 2015. This is a unique opportunity to provide primary and pre-hospital care to the San Bushman.  This is a voluntary position with food, accommodation and a living allowance provided and the Foundation would like applicants to stay for at least one year. The N/a’an ku sê Foundation is looking for two doctors or a doctor and a nurse practitioner to run the Lifeline Clinic based in Pos 3 in the remote Omaheke region of Namibia, from May 2015. This is a unique opportunity to provide primary and pre-hospital care to the San Bushman.  This is a voluntary position with food, accommodation and a living allowance provided.  The Foundation would like applicants to stay for at least one year.

 

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The San are considered to be the oldest peoples in the world. For tens of thousands of years the San were hunter gatherers and did not farm or keep livestock. With the advent of agriculture, the San have been forced from their original lands and are unable live their traditional lifestyle.  As a consequence, most San people now live in extreme poverty. They are the poorest group in Namibia with a per capita income of just N$ 3,263 compared with a national average of N$ 10,358. They suffer from discrimination, political and social marginalisation, domination and exploitation. They are the unhealthiest group in Namibia and have a life expectancy of just 46 years.
The N/a’an ku sê Foundation is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the San and is looking for two doctors or a doctor and a nurse practitioner to run the Lifeline Clinic based in Pos 3 in the Omaheke region of Namibia from May 2015 for one year or longer.
You will provide primary healthcare services and pre-hospital care to the local San population from a reasonably modern, clean and well-equipped clinic. You will also, through outreach clinics, provide care to those living further afield on farms and re-settlement villages. Working with you is a UK trained respiratory consultant who, as part of a research programme, is screening for TB among the San (we estimate 10% of the San people currently have TB) and will be looking at ways of improving their compliance with treatment.
The work is rewarding but the logistics of providing a quality service can be challenging at times – after all ‘this is Africa’. Experience in general medicine, primary care, or emergency medicine is desirable. Most importantly you need to be resilient, flexible, and tolerant.  Having a sense of humour definitely helps!
This role provides you with an opportunity to improve the lives of the San people and leave a legacy that remains long after you have returned home. If you would like to find out more about these posts, contact Sharon Smart by emailing “sharon at naankuse dot com” [email address spelled out to deter spamming]
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Enjoy heights & panoramic views?

The International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) require a mountain loving doctor to volunteer at  the Machermo Rescue Post, Nepal for the Spring 2015 season (end Feb – start May).

You will be situated at Machermo at 4450 m and the satellite post in Gokyo Village, in the Gokyo Valley at 4800 m.  This provides an opportunity for a volunteer to practice mountain medicine in the heart of the Everest region of Nepal, in a stunning environment and

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to be welcomed into the local Sherpa community.

IPPG pays a small contribution to accommodation while in Kathmandu; flight costs to and from Lukla and then accommodation during the walk in and out. All food and accommodation is provided for free while at Machermo/Gokyo.

IPPG will consider potential volunteers who could work either the whole, or half of the season.  For further details please contact Nick Mason at: npmason@doctors.org.uk

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Western Australia: Senior Medical Officer required

Find medical jobs in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Gulf Region, Canada and UK through Head Medical

Head Medical are looking for an experienced and adventurous UK trained generalist medical practitioner in rural Western Australia.  This is an incredible opportunity to use a wide scope of clinical skills and practice Indigenous Health.

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Employers positively seek out members of the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Community so please mention ‘EWM’ when enquiring...

Senior Medical Officer Rural Western Australia
£218,000 per annum + shift allowances car + accommodation

Located in rural Western Australia, this post may provide the adventure/challenge you are looking for. You will be working in the local indigenous community and making a true difference while also being exceptionally rewarded for your efforts.
The position requires a medical practitioner with extensive generalist experience, able to demonstrate emergency department and primary health care knowledge and skills. The post enables a wide scope of clinical practice in Indigenous health while working closely within a supportive team of friendly staff.
Requirements
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·         MRCGP
·         Minimum 10 years GP experience
Western Australia is one of the most beautiful and diverse regions in the world, you will have the chance to explore the outback and the state is home to some the planets best diving and beaches.
If you would like to know more about the above post or have a chat regarding exploring your overseas employment options please don’t hesitate to contact Yan on +44 (0)131 240 5274 or via yan@headmedical.comLinks:
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URGENT! Female Doctor required for Vietnam trek, 14-23 March

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LATE CALL!  We have an opportunity for a female doctor to join the Prince’s Trust Women’s Leadership Group, trekking through rural northern Vietnam, raising money for disadvantaged young people in the UK.

If you are available, 14th – 23rd March and can provide medical support to a group of mixed nationalities, we’d love to hear from you.

Please send your CV, location and brief note expressing your interest to:  admin AT expeditionmedicine.co.uk by Sunday 9th March, 2014.

Read more about the trek here

 

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