Job Title: IMB Pediatric Oncology Program Officer
Location: Butaro Hospital, Burera District, Rwanda
Partners In Health (PIH) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Boston, MA, whose mission is to provide quality health care for the poor and marginalized in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Dominican Republic, and Navajo Nation. In addition, PIH has a growing network of affiliated organizations and initiatives in several other countries, including Nepal, Burundi, Mali, Liberia, and Togo. Through service delivery, training, advocacy and research, PIH works around the globe to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of it, to serve as an antidote to despair, and inspire others to do the same.
This is an exciting time for PIH. We are taking on immense challenges, and a newfound visibility has brought the opportunity to influence great change on the global stage. PIH seeks individuals committed to the mission and values of the organization to join the team.
Serves as clinical lead in provision of care for pediatric cancer patients, and training/mentoring of related staff at Butaro Hospital, and supports cross-sites clinical management of pediatric cancer patients at Rwinkwavu and Kirehe. Additionally, plays key role in implementation of Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence, and programmatic areas including documentation and data quality, policies and curriculum development.
Clinical and Teaching/Mentoring
- With input from Boston-based cancer expert team, and IMB NCD Program Director,
- Provide direct clinical care for hospitalized Butaro pediatric oncology patients. This includes rounding daily on hospitalized cancer patients and leading management of patients
- Oversee care of outpatient pediatric oncology patients seen at Butaro NCD Clinic.
- Provide back up consultant support for adult cancer patients in the Butaro cancer ward and NCD clinic, when Adult Oncology Program officer (internist) is not available
- Provide consultant input to other general practitioners on the management of patients with cancer or who are suspected to have cancer in other Butaro hospital wards/departments
- Provide consultative support for management of inpatient and outpatient pediatric cancer patients at Rwinkwavu
- Serve as lead accepting physician for cancer patients being referred to Rwinkwavu or Butaro from non-PIH supported facilities (secondary contact for this role being Adult Program Officer)
- Provide CME training and mentoring to cancer-related personnel at Butaro
- Assist with general administration and NCD/Cancer program operations, including:
- Contribute to the supervision of oncology ward, working with hospital Medical Director, MOH NCD/cancer doctor coordinator, Nurse educators, and IMB NCD Director to ensure proper and harmonized (across sites) functioning of pediatric cancer care and quality assurance initiatives
- Oversee to transfer decision making for pediatric cancer patients to referral facilities in Rwanda and for radiotherapy to Uganda.
- Maintain communication between IMB NCD/ONC program and Butaro leadership team regarding Cancer Programmatic developments and leading routine meetings to achieve this.
- Serve other cross-sites programmatic roles as needs arise and as requested by IMB NCD Director
- Programmatic focus areas:
- Butaro Infusion Center
- Project manage work developing outpatient cancer infusion center at Butaro Hospital
- Documentation and data quality
- Support development of new clinical forms and periodic revision of them; ensure circulation of current and harmonized clinical forms across sites
- With NCD EMR Program Assistant and IMB NCD Director and Manager, improve data quality at Butaro
- Support transition from patient tracker to full EMR
- Curriculum development
- Oversee development of curriculum for pediatric and general cancer topics, for CME as well as site-based national longitudinal training programs for doctors
- Liaise with DFCI cancer nurse educator; provide inputs to CME and national longitudinal programs being developed for nurses
- Support Butaro oncology nurse coordinator; e.g. review oncology online patient tracker at least weekly to ensure that all pediatric oncology cases, across sites are entered and information is up to date; be aware of and support coordination of biopsies taken from Butaro patients with suspected cancer
- Mentor Butaro NCD/oncology doctor coordinator at Butaro; provide bedside teaching, accompany follow up of programmatic issues
- Interface and collaborate with MOH and national bodies relevant to cancer national capacity building
- Attend the following meetings:
- Participate in site-based NCD/Oncology team check ins, led by MOH NCD/ONC doctor coordinator, which include review of cancer patients scheduled to be admitted or seen in clinic (weekly)
- Participate in clinical oncology calls (weekly)
- Participate in multidisciplinary meetings with District-based MOH and PIH oncology teams, including social work, mental health, pharmacy and nursing, to discuss and address any clinical, patient safety or administrative problems that arise (monthly)
- Participate in cross-sites NCD Programs meetings (quarterly), and meetings relevant to programmatic focus areas
- Attend KFH-based tumor board meeting (variable, monthly suggested)
- Education: MD with residency training in Pediatrics or Med/Peds is required. Additional advanced degree in public health, policy, or administration is highly desired, but not required
- Language: English fluency required. French and/or Kinyarwanda proficiency are a plus.
- Highly motivated to play a leadership role in cancer care at Butaro Hospital, and at IMB in cross-sites scope
- Understands and upholds principles of equity and alignment with national priorities in provision of cancer care in Rwanda
- Highly organized and able to keep track of multiple administrative and clinical tasks simultaneously
- Strong management, communication, mentoring, teaching and leadership skills. Ability to work well with diverse team and exhibit humility, respect and team spirit
- Strong clinical skills and interest in developing knowledge in clinical oncology