HAITI | Physician and Clinical Instructor

Job Title:  Physician and Clinical Instructor

Length of Service:  2 or more years

Ministry Vision / Purpose:  To see Jesus honored in the way that medical care is provided at the La Gonave Wesleyan Hospital

General Description: 
Responsibilities would include teaching, encouraging and mentoring the medical staff at the hospital, as well as participating directly in patient care, learning and modeling how all of this is done as a Jesus follower.

Requirements:
  • An active medical license (primary care specialization is helpful);
  • Willingness to expand and teach medical knowledge and skills (including surgical skills such as Cesarean section);
  • A desire to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus and help others to do the same;
  • Willingness to acquire the Haitian Creole language and learn to live in, work in and understand the Haitian culture.
Field Background:  Haiti is a country of over 9 million people and is widely considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. La Gonave is an island of about 100,000 people off the mainland of Haiti. It has been heavily evangelized over the past 100 years or so, and most of the evangelism taking place there now is done through the established Haitian churches. In 1958 Wesleyan missionaries established a hospital on La Gonave in the largest town of Anse-a-Galets. Their purpose was to provide medical care in the name and Spirit of Jesus. It continues to be he only hospital on the island, though there are many medical clinics in the town and elsewhere on the island. For almost 15 years the hospital has been administered by Haitians, with only indirect input from Global Partners. The hospital remains dependent on financial aid from outside the country as the population served cannot afford to pay for then extent of services offered. 

The hospital offers an outpatient clinic (including C-sections), inpatient adult and pediatric care, basic x-ray and ultrasound services. Visiting teams generally come several times a year to provide surgical and other medical assistance for 1-2 weeks at a time. The hospital is staffed by several Haitian physicians, most of whom are there for 1-3 years following their medical school training before moving on to a residency position or other job. During their time on La Gonave these physicians take responsibility for most of the care given at the hospital.