Participants in the program are employed as Peace Corps Volunteers in the Global Health Service Partnership. Volunteers work within medical and nursing education systems in partner countries. Seed Global Health and Peace Corps leadership work with Ministries of Health and Education in placement countries to identify sites best poised to accept and integrate volunteers into their faculty. The shared commitment is to increasing capacity and strengthening quality and sustainability of medical, nursing, and midwifery education and clinical practice.
Volunteers work as academic medical or nursing educators and in direct medical care as a part of effective education and mentorship. They are fully engaged faculty, partnered with peer educators. They share the goals of advancing teaching, supporting faculty growth and improving training and education.
Specialties depend on the needs of placement medical and nursing schools. Past specialty requests have included: general adult care in internal medicine/ critical care, pediatrics, mental health, general surgery, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology or midwifery, anesthesia, pathology, and infectious diseases.
Physician and nursing volunteers are responsible for:
• teaching clinical medicine or nursing to students, house staff and other learners through in-patient and out-patient settings and in formal and informal didactic sessions (e.g. grand rounds, morbidity and mortality conferences, ward rounds, and mentorship sessions and/or didactics)
• role-modeling clinical diagnostic and therapeutic bedside practice
• working closely with in-country colleagues and faculty to develop curricula and appropriate clinical modules
• assisting in the establishment of course/clinical goals and outcomes, and methods to evaluate programs effectively
All volunteers serve as resources for faculty and students, and provide lectures and in-services, advice on evidence-based medical and nursing practice, as well as access to the latest research in specialty areas.
The Peace Corps requires that all volunteers are US citizens.