Job Title: Medical Technologist (Microbiologist) II
Partners In Health (“PIH”), co-founded by Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl and headquartered in Boston, MA, is an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Through its service delivery, training, advocacy and research, PIH works globally to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need and to serve as an antidote to despair. PIH has major programs in Haiti, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, and the Dominican Republic, working tirelessly to lessen the joint burden of disease and poverty. PIH has played a vital role in the response and reconstruction of Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, and these efforts are resulting in both a broadened scope of work and heightened visibility for the organization. As the work continues to expand, PIH seeks individuals committed to the mission and values of the organization to join the team.
Hopital St. Nicholas is located approximately 60 miles from the capital of Port-au-Prince in the coastal city of St. Marc (population 160,000). The hospital, owned by the Haitian Ministry of Health, serves as one of two referral hospitals for the Artibonite department; however, given that its counterpart to the north was seriously damaged during hurricanes in 2008, St. Nicholas Hospital de facto provides in-patient care and specialty services for residents of the whole department (population 550,000). The hospital is a referral center for general medicine, surgery, women’s health, orthopedics, rehabilitation and other medical specialty services and has 200 inpatient beds as well as two operating rooms. In October 2010, the first cases of fatal acute watery diarrhea at St. Nicholas Hospital prompted the subsequent recognition nationally and internationally of the cholera epidemic in Haiti. By virtue of its staffing and operational support at the hospital, PIH, in collaboration with the Haitian Ministry of Health, were first responders to the cholera epidemic. Cholera treatment services continue in a designated cholera treatment center (CTC) located inside the hospital grounds.
PIH is seeking an experienced medical technologist to help establish enteric disease microbiology laboratory services at Hopital St. Nicholas. The laboratory would be responsible for contributing to the clinical and laboratory expertise of the hospital in caring for patients with diarrheal illness, and also be utilized for monitoring trends in cholera and other diarrheal illness. The laboratory is being developed in collaboration with the Division of Global Health at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children.
Responsibilities would involve assisting senior PIH staff in setting up the laboratory, developing protocols for enteric diseases and other microbiology, supporting Haitian lab staff in the lab operations through teaching and mentoring on enteric diseases and microbiology, and cultivating less experience medical technologists to assume the responsibilities of managing a microbiology lab.
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