As a medical student, what more can I do to prepare myself to work for MSF?

Please enquire at your university about Friends of MSF (FoMSF) Societies. FoMSF are student based societies in universities around South Africa and the UK. FoMSF is run on a voluntary basis.

Individual groups engage in various activities, like inviting returned volunteers to speak, film screenings, and other fundraising and careers-focused events.

All FoMSF groups share three main objectives:

1) To raise awareness of MSF’s work and humanitarian issues

2) To encourage students to consider working for organisations such as MSF

3) To raise funds for MSF

Do you take junior doctors?

We have a minimum requirement of two year's experience registration. As we receive many applications, we look for as wide a range of experience as possible.

This can be made up of different placements but obviously longer placements may better reflect in-depth experience in working in unstable/difficult situations.

Experience is necessary as we expect a high level of autonomy from our medics in the field.

What kind of people work in the field for MSF?

MSF recruits medical and non-medical staff to work in its projects. All of these people bring professional abilities, practical experience, as well as a commitment to and concern for the people they help.

Our projects are manned by national staff with minimal international presence. On average, for every expatriate posted to a specific project there are seven local workers. They provide everything from technical and administrative assistance to nursing and medical skills.

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