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Applications Now Open: Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship Programme, Nigeria 2019

Applications are invited for two 6-month Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship positions to start on 1st February 2019 at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria and University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH)

This is a 785-bed teaching hospital with 26 Wards and 2 paediatric surgical wards, an 8-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Maternity (Obstetric) and Gynaecology Wards with 35 beds each, a Delivery Suite (Labour Ward) a 25 - bed neonatal ward, a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) with 25 units, as well as a 35 bed-space children’s emergency room and 5 Operating theatres with 10 suites, including a 5 - suite Modular theatre and a Labour Ward operating theatre. There are 21 consultant Obstetricians, one consultant Obstetric Anaesthetist and 5 other consultant anaesthetists with related interests.

University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH)

This is an 850-bed hospital with an 8-bed ICU, 48-bed maternity ward, a 30-cot special care baby unit, and an Emergency room. There are 18 Obstetricians, one Obstetric Anaesthetist (Prof. Sotonye Fyneface-Ogan) and other consultant anaesthetists with related interests. UPTH has 11 operating theatres and has 2 operating theatres for obstetrics. The hospital carries out an average of 1,500 vaginal deliveries and 1,200 - 1,500 Caesarean sections (elective and emergency) yearly.

The duration of each fellowship is 6 months. The start date is expected to be the 1st February 2019. The programme lead is Prof Elizabeth Ogboli Nwasor. The programme is intended for fully qualified anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of obstetric anaesthesia.

Preference will be given to anaesthesiologists aged 40 years or younger who are working in African and Asian countries. Older anaesthesiologists may apply and the selection panel will consider each applicant’s place of work and other factors when making its decision. Advanced specialty training involves all aspects of obstetric anaesthesia including but not limited to anaesthesia for high risk obstetrics, pain relief in labour, recent advances in obstetric anaesthesia and analgesia, optimising foetal outcomes and perinatal care.

Applications from anaesthesiologists working in Specialist Training Centres, Teaching Hospitals and Federal Medical Centres in Africa and Asia may be given priority.

Applicants should fit the following criteria:

• Must be supported in their application by their own national anaesthetic society
• Must be supported in their application by the chief / head of their home department and hospital management
• Must be returning to their home country to train others
• The fellowship offers funding for accommodation and a contribution towards living expenses

For more information, please contact Prof Elizabeth Ogboli Nwasor at drnwasor@yahoo.com.

How to apply:

The deadline for applications is the 11th December 2018. In order to apply please use our online application system here to complete an application form and upload the following documents.

• Curriculum vitae with one recent photo and the names of two referees
• Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s national anaesthesiology society
• Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s head of department or hospital management
• Copy of medical degree
• Copy of specialist anaesthesiology qualification
• Copy of photograph page of Passport

Applications will be considered by a panel of anaesthesiologists selected by WFSA, and successful applicants will be informed by end of December 2018.

Successful applicants must confirm their intention to take up the scholarship within 2 days of notification. Failure to do so will result in the scholarship being offered to the next applicant.

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