Pathologists Overseas and ASCP Seeking Cytologists and Cytotechnologists to Assist With Training in Liberia

Mar 23, 2017

Pathologists Overseas and the American Society for Clinical Pathology are seeking board-certified MD cytologists and credentialed cytotechnologists for deployment to Liberia in West Africa to assist with clinical service, teaching, and training of the Liberian workforce in diagnostic pathology services.

Liberia is engaged in an active workforce development program in all health sectors through a World Bank-funded program led by Mt. Sinai Hospital. The program will bring volunteers from all aspects of health care (physicians, nurses, etc.) across all specialties to Liberia for short- and long-term visits to train Liberia staff and provide clinical support. The ultimate goal is a self-sustaining healthcare workforce in Liberia.

For pathology, the initial approach is to use cytology using FNA to gather data on epidemiology of disease in Liberia, as well as provide diagnostics for treatment. It is anticipated that the program will evolve to include standard histology services within the first year.

Pathologists Overseas is actively recruiting in-country volunteers in parallel with ASCP. ASCP is directly engaged with building out physical infrastructure including anatomic pathology laboratories, telepathology services, and technical support.  

Pathology volunteers will be asked to visit for a minimum of two weeks (four to six weeks preferred). Housing, local transportation, and licensing costs are covered by the program. Airfare is at the volunteer’s expense, but a 501(c)(3) letter can be provided for tax purposes.

If you or someone you know may be interested in volunteering to visit Liberia and assist with training, please review the visitor’s guide and email emily@pathologistsoverseas.com for details and scheduling. If you want to support this project but cannot travel, please consider a donation to the ASCP Foundation or to Pathologists Overseas  directly.

To volunteer, please email emily@pathologistsoverseas.com.

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