Volunteering with AMREF Flying Doctors is a great way to contribute to charity and gain valuable out-of-hospital experience. Physicians with experience in intensive care, emergency medicine, and anesthesiology are welcome to take up a minimum of 4 weeks as first on-call flight doctor. Volunteers are also expected to provide a minimum of two training sessions/brief lectures or a CME session with the Flying Doctors team on any topic of their choice. Core medical skills required include intubation and ventilation, advanced life support, minor surgical procedures e.g. chest drain insertion, spinal immobilization, limb splinting, pain management, and others.
“Work with the Flying Doctors not only complemented my anesthetics/ITU training, but also my pre-hospital training and work.”
– Dr Adam Low, AMREF Flying Doctors volunteer 2010
“The flights were extremely varied ranging from medical evacuations from dirt strips in Kenya in a Cessna Caravan to international repatriation flights on Citation Bravo Jets. There was a huge case mix and I never knew what I might be doing from one day or hour to the next; I was involved in the management of a number of challenging cases.”
– Dr Zoe Smith, volunteer 2012