Ebola Virus Survivor Study Offers International Ophthalmology Short-Term Position

2015-07-31 11:50 | Russell Read (Administrator)

Seeking qualified ophthalmologist for a one-to-four-month position in Liberia supporting an NIH study examining survivors of Ebola Virus Disease. We are working out of a newly renovated eye clinic, outfitted with all new, state-of-the art equipment, supported by a 6-member eye-care staff of technicians, nurses, and an administrative specialist. The clinic is co-located with a larger study in which comprehensive medical evaluations are performed. This study is being conducted in partnership with the Liberian Ministry of Health. The local language in Liberia is English.

The ophthalmologist hired will be expected to perform comprehensive eye examinations of Liberian study participants, both controls and Ebola survivors, initiating medical treatment as indicated, and referring surgical cases for care by our Liberian partners. He or she will oversee the eye clinic team and remain in close communication with the study co-leads, who are ophthalmologists at NIH and the Wilmer Eye Institute.  Upon hiring, the co-leads will conduct on-site orientation, and will periodically join in clinic to examine patients and analyze findings. The ophthalmologist will be joined in clinic by Liberian ophthalmology partners who also participate in the study. Excellent attention to detail in examination and charting is essential. Ophthalmologists will receive training on and be expected to use the Cirrus and Spectralis OCT machines (basic functions) as well as simple digital photography equipment.

Interested applicants should hold a current U.S. medical license, have completed an accredited U.S. ophthalmology training program, and demonstrate excellent interpersonal, organizational, examination, and patient care skills.  The ideal candidate will be excited to work in a developing country, helping classify, treat, and understand the myriad ophthalmic changes that appear to affect Ebola survivors. Personal health risks are low, as all study participants are recovered from Ebola and no invasive ocular procedures will be performed. Accommodations are provided at an Embassy-sanctioned modern hotel with all standard western amenities, including: large, clean, air–conditioned rooms, clean modern bathrooms, laundry service, gym and large outdoor pool, quality restaurant, transportation, and internet which is variably reliable. Travel to and from the U.S. is provided via commercial carrier. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Start date as early as September 2015, with later dates also possible. Applicants should possess a current passport, and will require approximately 3 weeks to acquire a visa and complete immunizations and a travel medicine appointment.  

If interested, please send a brief cover letter and CV, with at least three recent references, to evdstudy@gmail.com.  We will be happy to respond to questions by email or phone.

 Rachel J. Bishop, MD, MPH Allen O. Eghrari, MD 
 National Eye Institute  Wilmer Eye Institute

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