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Applications now open: Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship programme, Port Harcourt and Zaria, Nigeria 2020

Applications are invited for two 6-month Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship positions starting in July 2020 at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital and University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Nigeria.

Fellowship Details 

The duration of the fellowship is 6 months with an expected start date of the 1st July 2020. The programme head is Dr Elizabeth Ogboli Nwasor in Zaria and Prof. Sotonye Fyneface-Ogan in Port Harcourt. The fellowship is divided into two 3 months placements starting in Port Harcourt and then transferring to Zaria after 3 months.

The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital 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.

Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital is a 750 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. 

The fellowship will provide advanced specialty training in 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 fetal outcomes and perinatal care.

Applicant Profile 

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. 

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
• 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 Dr Elizabeth Ogboli Nwasor at drnwasor@yahoo.com.

Application Process 

The deadline for applications is the 22nd March 2020. 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 mid-April 2020.

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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