Fellowships

Medical Volunteer Opportunities Abroad

Medical Volunteer Opportunities Abroad Fellowships

Our fellowship team fulfills a variety of medical and non-medical roles, for varying lengths of time with a minimum 6 month commitment. Floating Doctors relies on our fellows along with locally employed staff in order to provide care and education that may not be available otherwise.

Although our leaders come to serve, no one who has worked on a Floating Doctors team leaves without significant gains in competence operating in challenging circumstances, and many of our leadership go on to continue working in international development after their time with us.

Our Fellowships therefore differ from most international service opportunities because our goal is not just improving health outcomes and capacity, but also to facilitate you becoming a stronger health professional, equipped and motivated to be a powerful advocate for excellence, compassion, and a better future for patients and clinicians worldwide.

After reviewing all information below, candidates can start an application. If you have any questions please contact info@floatingdoctors.com

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Leadership Role Descriptions

Facilities Manager 

Now Hiring! Opening Immediately

We are searching for a skilled Facilities Manager to oversee the maintenance and optimization of our operational facilities in Panama, playing a crucial role in ensuring the efficient functioning of our operations in Bocas. Join our team and contribute to the management of facilities, resolving challenges, and enhancing our infrastructure.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage and maintain all operational facilities to ensure their functionality and safety.
  • Oversee facility improvement projects, coordinate maintenance efforts, and supervice local team members.
  • Develop and implement effective facility management policies, and procedures.
  • Collaborate with the Operations Manager and other team members to align facilities with operational needs.

Requirements:

  • Proven experience in facility management or a related role.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills. 
  • Advanced Spanish language proficiency.
  • Minimum commitment of 12 months

Preference given to:

  • Prior experience working or volunteering in a developing country.
  • Strong knowledge of facility management best practices and procedures.

Dental Coordinator

Now Hiring! Opening Immediately

We are looking for an adventurous, experienced, and motivated person to support our Dental Program In Panama. The dental coordinator is responsible for supporting dental volunteers, running dental clinics, and ordering dental supplies. You will work alongside our Lead Dental Provider.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining orders with our sponsors and organizing the inventory in pharmacy 
  • Maintaining list of needed medications/supplies for incoming volunteers
  • Health education liaison with the team on oral hygiene and health
  • Ensure that all clinic staff and volunteers understand their roles and responsibilities during clinic

Requirements:

  • Comfortable taking Initiative and leading a new program 
  • Minimum commitment of 6 months

Preference given to:

  • Advanced Spanish speaking abilities 
  • International volunteer experience

Now Hiring! Opening Immediately

Lead Physical Therapy Provider

Now Hiring! Opening Immediately

As a Lead Physical Therapy Provider with Floating Doctors, you will be positioned to gain a unique rehabilitation knowledge and skill set, profoundly impact the quality and ethos of rehabilitation care all over the world for years to come, and inspire a greater commitment to global stewardship.

Responsibilities: 

  • Direct patient care in all clinics
  • Training and supervising the physical therapy providers and students
  • Work with the Medical Team to ensure consistency and quality of patient care
  • Work with the Health Education team to promote wellness in the communities we serve

Requirements:

  • Fully registered Physical therapist/physiotherapist with a minimum of 2 years clinical experience 
  • Experience in orthopedics/musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • Experience in teaching and mentoring
  • Minimum commitment of 6 months

Preference given to: 

  • Advanced Spanish ability 
  • Prior experience working or volunteering in a developing country

Medical Director

Now Hiring! Opening Immediately

Join us as the Medical Director at Floating Doctors, where you’ll play a pivotal role in providing vital healthcare services and leadership. As our Medical Director, you’ll oversee medical operations, coordinate with local health services, and mentor our healthcare team to ensure high-quality care for the communities we serve.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership, guidance, and support to Lead Medical Providers, ensuring efficient healthcare delivery.
  • Supervise and manage medical deployments, responding to emergencies, and conducting debriefing meetings as needed.
  • Collaborate with clinic, pharmacy, and financial managers to prioritize community health needs and allocate resources effectively.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest medical literature and recommendations, and identify and report epidemiological trends and health needs to relevant authorities.

Requirements:

  • Medical degree (MD or equivalent) and relevant medical license.
  • 2+ years of proven experience in medical leadership or management roles.
  • Strong problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills.
  • Minimum commitment of 12 months 

Preference given to:

  • Advanced Spanish language proficiency.
  • Prior experience working or volunteering in a developing country.

Lead Medical Provider

Now Hiring! Opening Immediately

As a Lead Medical Provider with Floating Doctors, you will be positioned to gain a unique medical knowledge and skill set, profoundly impact the quality and ethos of medical care all over the world for years to come, and inspire a greater commitment to global stewardship.

Responsibilities: 

  • Direct Patient care in all clinics
  • Training and supervising the medical providers and students
  • Work with the Pharmacy Manager and Medical Team to ensure pharmacy is packed and prepared for upcoming clinics
  • Identifying areas for improvement and/or development and implementing appropriate policy/infrastructure changes
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Requirements:

  • Fully registered doctor, NP, PA, or APN with a minimum of 2 years clinical experience
  • Evidence of the ability to lead a team
  • Experience in teaching and mentoring

Preference given to: 

  • Advanced Spanish ability 
  • Prior experience working /volunteering in a developing country
  • Minimum commitment of 6 months 

Operations Manager

Now Hiring! Opening September 2024

We are seeking a dedicated Operations Manager to oversee on-site operations in Panama, ensuring that Floating Doctors’ operational fellows meet their goals and maintain alignment with our organizational vision. Join our team and be a key player in optimizing operations, resolving conflicts, and managing special initiatives in a developing country setting.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee on-site operations, ensuring successful task completion and goal achievement.
  • Communicate regularly with the Executive Director and onsite management team to align with the organization’s vision.
  • Provide guidance, professional development, and technical expertise to staff and fellowships.
  • Resolve internal conflicts, manage emergency logistics, and coordinate with external contacts.

Requirements:

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  • Proven experience in operations management or related roles.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.
  • Strong problem-solving and conflict-resolution abilities.
  • Minimum commitment of 12 months 

Preference given to:

  • Advanced Spanish language proficiency.
  • Prior experience working or volunteering in a developing country.

Lead Dental Provider

Now Hiring! Opening September 2024

As a Lead Dental Provider with Floating Doctors, you will be positioned to gain a unique dental knowledge and skill set, profoundly impact the quality and ethos of dental care all over the world for years to come, and inspire a greater commitment to global stewardship.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend all necessary clinics
  • Training and supervising the medical providers and students
  • Work with Dental Coordinator for quarterly pharmacy orders
  • Work with Dental Coordinator to ensure dental pharmacy is packed and prepared for upcoming clinics
  • Assist in developing a recruitment plan for dentists and dental students
  • Identifying areas for improvement and/or development and implementing appropriate policy/infrastructure changes

Requirements:

  • Fully registered dentist with a minimum of 2 years experience
  • Evidence of the ability to lead a team
  • Experience in teaching and mentoring
  • Minimum commitment of 3 months 

Preference given to: 

  • Advanced Spanish ability 
  • Prior experience working /volunteering in a developing country

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Health Education Coordinator

Now Hiring! Opening January 2025

We are looking for adventurous, experienced, and motivated people to coordinate and implement health education activities for Floating Doctors in Panama. This position is critical to building capacity in the region.

Responsibilities:

  • Development of health education curriculum
  • Lesson planning and preparation with volunteers
  • Oversight of Health Education station
  • Coordination with community contacts for future lesson planning

Requirements:

  • Active license as an MD/DO, RN, PA, APN, or NP 
  • Comfortable creating enduring take-home or presentation material
  • Able to problem solve and feel comfortable working in a dynamic environment
  • Creative in developing and implementing new opportunities for health education
  • Proficient Spanish 
  • Minimum commitment of 6 months 

Preference Given to:

  • Experience in Public Health 
  • Past experience working in developing countries 

Communications Coordinator

Now Interviewing! Opening January 2025

Floating Doctors is seeking a dynamic individual to fill the dual role of social media and human resources for our small team. This position requires a versatile professional who can seamlessly manage social media content creation and be the primary point of contact for Fellowship candidate inquiries.

Responsibilities:

  • Create consistently high-quality content for Floating Doctors’ social media platforms
  • Respond to comments and inquiries on social media platforms, directing other inquiries appropriately
  • Implement and manage long-term media content archives with clear labeling and categorization guidelines
  • Serve as the main point of contact for all incoming inquiries from Fellowship candidates through various channels
  • Prepare and distribute weekly payroll, considering the unique needs of Panamanian employees and international staff and fellows while maintaining associated records
  • Maintain regular contact Executive team and support as needed

Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English and Spanish is required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in managing accounts on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, and willingness to learn additional platforms
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet critical timelines
  • Minimum commitment of 12 months

Preference given to: 

  • Interest in Public Health 
  • Previous experience working in a non-profit or in a developing country setting

Executive Director

Now Interviewing! Opening March 2025

Floating Doctors in Panama is currently in search of a dynamic and committed Executive Director (ED) to assume a pivotal role within our organization. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, you will serve as the Chief Operating Officer in Panama, responsible for ensuring the smooth and sustainable functioning of our operations. Your leadership will be instrumental in effectively managing both human and financial resources to fulfill the mission of Floating Doctors.

Responsibilities:

  • Actively execute Floating Doctors’ mission while considering organizational goals and the needs of staff and clients in Panama.
  • Direct and organize the work of operations teams to oversee program delivery in Panama.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with partners, vendors, community organizations, and providers.
  • Uphold financial controls and ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

Requirements:

  • Proficiency in both Spanish and English.
  • Background in finance (an MBA is desirable).
  • Willingness to commit to a minimum of 2 years (ideally 5 years).
  • Experience in leading organizations through periods of growth and maturity.

Lead Veterinary Provider

Now Interviewing! Opening March 2025

As a Lead Veterinary Provider with Floating Doctors, you will be positioned to gain a unique veterinary knowledge and skill set, profoundly impact the quality and ethos of veterinary care all over the world for years to come, and inspire a greater commitment to global stewardship.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend  all necessary clinics
  • Training and supervising the veterinary providers and students
  • Work with Veterinary Coordinator for quarterly pharmacy orders
  • Work with Veterinary Coordinator to ensure veterinary pharmacy is packed and prepared for upcoming clinics
  • Assist in developing a recruitment plan for veterinarians and veterinary students
  • Identifying areas for improvement and/or development and implementing appropriate policy/infrastructure changes

Requirements:

  • Fully registered veterinarian with a minimum of 2 years experience
  • Surgery experience, specifically spay and neuter
  • Evidence of the ability to lead a team
  • Experience in teaching and mentoring
  • Minimum commitment of 3 months

Preference given to: 

  • Advanced Spanish ability 
  • Prior experience working /volunteering in a developing country

Pharmacy Manager 

Now Interviewing! Opening June 2025

We are looking for adventurous, experienced, and motivated people to maintain the pharmacy and all of its supplies, including oversight of the central pharmacy and remote outposts.

Responsibilities: 

  • Maintaining order and inventory in pharmacy 
  • Overseeing Floating Doctors’ central pharmacy and remote pharmacies, including remote outposts, mobile clinics, and emergency bags
  • Maintaining sponsorship relations with medication suppliers to stock pharmacy
  • Maintaining list of needed medications/supplies for incoming volunteers
  • Assisting with pharmacy orders

Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to work and handle multiple tasks simultaneously and negotiate and meet critical timelines
  • Excellent planning, organizational, analytical, and management skills, with strong attention to detail
  • Advanced Spanish
  • Minimum commitment of 9 months 

Preference given to:

  • Experience managing inventories and prioritizing supply needs
  • Experience with pharmaceuticals

Clinic Manager

Position Filled

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We are looking for adventurous, experienced, and motivated people to run mobile a for Floating Doctors in Panama. The Clinic Manager is responsible for all logistics and operations before, during, and after the clinic. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Plan, coordinate, and supervise all aspects of day clinics and multi-day deployments
  • Ensure that all clinic staff and volunteers understand their roles and responsibilities during clinic
  • Supervise, reconcile, and report weekly logistics expenditures for deployments
  • Maintain budget within operational guidelines

Requirements:

  • Excellent organizational, communication, and collaboration skills
  • Must be able to act calmly and effectively in a busy or stressful situation
  • Previous international volunteer experience is desirable
  • Spanish and English proficiency
  • Minimum commitment of 6 months 

Preference Given to:

  • Experience in management 
  • Medical setting experience 
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Assistant Facilities Manager 

Position Filled

This opportunity is for a dynamic individual to join Floating Doctors (FD) in the role of Assistant Facilities Manager (AFM). As AFM, you will play a vital part in supporting the Facilities Manager (FM) and contributing to the overall maintenance and efficiency of our operational facilities in Panama.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide assistance in the repair and maintenance of FD base facilities
  • Be available to support various departments and fellow team members when needed
  • Assist in coordinating with FD Captains and updating the weekly boat schedule
  • Support FD base staff

Requirements:

  • Applicants should bring their skills and expertise to the role and be proactive in supporting FD’s mission
  • Proactive approach to aiding the organization and finding ways to improve and support the base and staff
  • Ability to problem solve and feel comfortable working in a dynamic environment
  • Minimum commitment of 6 months

Preference given to:

  • Advanced Spanish fluency
  • Strong knowledge of facility management best practices and procedures

Volunteer Coordinator

Position Filled

We are looking for adventurous, experienced, and motivated people to coordinate and lead medical volunteers, and to work with our operations managers to supervise volunteer activities for Floating Doctors Panama. The Volunteer Coordinator position is vital for the Floating Doctors in order to maintain volunteer accommodations and get volunteers to where they need to be.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate volunteer deployments, accommodations, arrivals, and departures
  • Final contact for incoming volunteers regarding arrival questions and basic FAQ
  • Organize and lead weekly group orientation

Requirements:

  • Able to problem solve and feel comfortable working in a dynamic environment
  • Advanced Spanish
  • Able to relay information to staff and volunteers in an efficient and timely manner
  • Minimum of 6 month commitment 

Preference given to:

  • Nonprofit management or hospitality experience 

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APPLICATIONS CANNOT BE SAVED AND FINISHED LATER, SO HAVE EVERYTHING READY WHEN YOU APPLY.

YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS (IN PDF FORMAT!) TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION:

  • One COLOR copy of your passport photo page
  • One copy of your COVID-Immunization record
  • One copy of your resume
  • One letter of intent outlining what you feel you would give to a program such as ours as well as what you hope to take away from the experience
  • One letter of recommendation

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