AMPATH – Hematology-Oncology Team Leader.

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The Department of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine is seeking outstanding candidates for the role of the team leader to be ambassador, driver, and guide of the educational mission between the North American and Kenyan institutions of the AMPATH consortium.

The team leader resides in Kenya full-time and their primary mission is to build capacity through workforce development. They accomplish this by working closely with Kenyan and North American faculty, residents, and medical students to support a positive learning environment that is respectful to all. Specific responsibilities for the Internal Medicine Team Leader include: hosting North American visitors (medical trainees and teaching faculty) in Kenya, coordinating electives for Kenyan learners in North America, and functioning as a visiting lecturer within the Department of Internal Medicine at Moi University School of Medicine and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. The team leader engages with other service and scholarly work to the degree that these advance the primary mission of capacity building and workforce development.

Hematology-Oncology Team Leader

Indiana University Center for Global Health and the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center (IUSCCC) are seeking a BC/BE subspecialist in Medical Oncology, Hematology-Oncology, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology, Radiation Oncology or other suitable oncology subspecialty, to serve as the AMPATH Oncology Team Leader in Eldoret, Kenya beginning July, 2021.

The Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) is a well-respected international partnership between Moi University (MU) and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), and a group of partner institutions collectively referred to as the AMPATH Consortium, led by Indiana University. AMPATH Oncology has grown to be a successful multi-institutional program led by the IUSCCC that serves the catchment area of western Kenya. More information about AMPATH and the Indiana-Moi partnership can be accessed at http://www.ampathkenya.org.

The primary goal of this position is to increase the clinical and research workforce capacity in low to middle income countries, and to develop opportunities in the field of global oncology. Job responsibilities of the AMPATH Oncology Team Leader include leading the growth of global research and education that is impactful in screening, prevention, and treatment of cancer, including palliative care. It is expected that the Team Leader will successfully compete for extramural funding within 1-2 years and publish his/hers work focused on bidirectional innovation (i.e. work will advance health equities in Indiana and around the world). Specific duties include supervising resident/student oncology consult service of MTRH, providing outpatient care in an urban and/or rural clinic serving patients with cancer or blood diseases, developing curricula for Kenyan and American post-graduate trainees, and coordinating electives for visiting fellows, residents and students from Indiana University and collaborating medical schools and training programs.

Position Summary

The Oncology Team Leader will join a team of North American health professionals who work alongside their Kenyan counterparts at MU and MTRH. Current team members include senior, mid-level and junior faculty clinicians in multiple disciplines who serve long-term (one year or more) in Kenya, clinical and implementation science researchers, and multiple short-term volunteers.

The Oncology Team Leader will directly report to the Director of the IUSCC Center for Global Oncology and Health Equity and will coordinate on ground activities with the Executive Field Director of the AMPATH Consortium and the Director of the IU Center for Global Health. Mentorship for this position will come from senior faculty from the IUSCCC, other faculty from the AMPATH Consortium partnership, and permanent North American senior staff on the ground in Kenya from various departments including Medicine, Pediatrics, Pathology, Palliative Care and Surgery.

As the nation’s largest medical school, IUSM is committed to being an institution that not only reflects the diversity of the learners we teach and the patient populations we serve, but also pursues the values of diversity, equity and inclusion that inform academic excellence. We desire candidates who enhance our representational diversity, as well as those whose work contributes to equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. IUSM strives to take an anti-racist stance, regularly evaluating and updating its policies, procedures, and practices to confer equitable opportunities for contribution and advancement for all members of our community. We invite individuals who will join us in our mission to advance racial equity to transform health and wellbeing for all throughout the state of Indiana.

Basic Qualifications

The Oncology Team Leader position has been designed to give a subspecialist who has recently completely fellowship training the opportunity to have a meaningful, one to three-year professional experience in global oncology. Qualified applicants must have a medical doctorate or equivalent and BC/BE in an oncology-related specialty.

Additional Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual with exceptionally strong clinical skills, outstanding interpersonal skills, medical experience in a low or low-middle income country or in a resource-poor setting in a high income country, a strong commitment to medical education and research, and a passion for delivering cost effective medical care to vulnerable populations. The term of the team leader is one year but is renewable.

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