Fellowships

Medical Volunteer Opportunities Abroad

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

Lead Medical Provider

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

Requirements:

  • Fully registered doctor, NP, PA, or APN with a minimum of 2 years clinical experience
  • Minimum commitment of 6 months 
  • 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

Lead Dental Provider

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 
  • 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
  • Minimum commitment of 3 months 
  • 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

Lead Veterinary Provider

As a Lead Veterinary 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 Veterinary Coordinator for quarterly pharmacy 
  • Work with Veterinary 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 veterinarian with a minimum of 2 years experience
  • Minimum commitment of 3 months 
  • 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

Volunteer Coordinator

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:

  • Minimum of 6 month commitment 
  • 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

Preference given to:

  • Nonprofit management or hospitality experience 

Pharmacy Manager 

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:

  • Minimum 6 month commitment
  • 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

Preference given to:

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

Clinic Manager 

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:

  • Minimum 6 month commitment 
  • 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

Preference Given to:

  • Experience in management 
  • Medical setting experience 

Health Education Coordinator

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 

Preference Given to:

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

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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