Kigali, Rwanda - Virtual

Date: Flexible

Partner: Health Volunteers Overseas

Cost: There is no cost to be a volunteer, however HVO membership is encouraged.

About Health Volunteers Overseas: Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the availability and quality of health care through the education, training, and professional development of the health workforce in resource-scarce countries. Working collaboratively with our partners abroad, HVO volunteers engage in activities such as delivering didactic and clinical trainings, offering case consultations, providing curricular input for teaching institutions, or revising administrative and clinical procedures for health care facilities. While in-person volunteer assignments are on hiatus due to COVID-19, HVO is offering remote volunteer opportunities. In 2021, HVO volunteers provided over 4,000 hours of e-learning and online support to health professionals at over 45 different institutions. Once travel is possible again, both in-person and remote volunteer opportunities will be available.

About the Mission: In partnership with the University of Rwanda’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS), HVO is recruiting qualified physical therapists to deliver continuing professional development courses to practicing physical therapy clinicians in Rwanda. The goal of these online courses is to increase clinicians’ clinical reasoning and clinical practice skills, and to impart principles of teaching and training so that the clinicians can share newly learned concepts with their colleagues in the field. Course content pertains to the care of patients with the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular-pulmonary, and neurological conditions that are prevalent in Rwanda, as well as care of pediatric physical therapy patients. The course is online with lectures delivered on Zoom.

Volunteers must be licensed physical therapists. All areas of clinical expertise will be considered. Volunteers should have teaching and curriculum development experience. Volunteers must submit a CV, a curricular outline/syllabus, and course objectives along with the proposal for their professional development course.

The University of Rwanda was created in 2013 by merging seven public higher education institutions. The College of Medicine and Health Sciences is one of six colleges at the university, and it offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. CMHS consists of the School of Dentistry, School of Medicine and Pharmacy, School of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Public Health, and School of Health Sciences. CMHS partners with referral hospitals, research centers and other international health organizations.

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