Bongolo Hospital Primary Care Physician

Bongolo Hospital is a 158-bed hospital in a remote area of southern Gabon, where over 40,000 patients are treated every year.

Posted on July 25, 2018

Gabon - Bongolo

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Position Type

  • International worker—vocational track
  • Primary care physician
  • Responsible for subscribing own support
  • Single or couple

The vision of the hospital includes a primary care physician interested in creating a primary care residency program to train and disciple Christian African physicians in an African context so they will stay and care for their own people. The primary care physician would be working alongside current teammates both to care for patients and to create a primary care residency training program. This would start at the level of curriculum development and continue into teaching and discipling as the program develops. The program will be a parallel program to the existing residencies in General Surgery and Ophthalmology at this institution.

Required Qualifications:

  • Board certification in a primary care specialty (or equivalent)
  • Possession of an active medical license
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course or equivalent
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40
  • A clear call to cross-cultural ministry
  • Ability and desire to teach and train primary care providers

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Primary care teaching and training experience
  • Previous cross-cultural living experience
  • Desire to work within the context of a team
  • Administrative experience and skills

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a primary care physician at Bongolo Hospital
  • Assist in the development of a primary care training program that would serve missions hospitals across French speaking Africa

Timeline for Deployment:

Once appointed and fund-raising and other qualifications are met. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying. Timing is also dependent on the candidate’s needs for language and other training prior to arrival.

General Information:

CIA World Factbook—Gabon

Work and Living Environment:

The mission station is located about five kilometers from a town of 5,000 people, where there is a fuel station, a market, multiple shops, and one convenience  store. For the most part, food can be purchased locally. A vehicle is not required but suggested for ease of shopping and ministry activities away from the station.

The living situation includes the mission station, where both the hospital and housing units are located. The hospital is about 0.5–1 kilometer from each housing unit. All ex-patriate personnel live on the mission station, along with PAACS (www.paacs.net) residents and other upper level hospital administrative and medical staff. The station has about 20 housing units.

Bongolo Hospital performs 1,600 surgical procedures each year and an additional 600 ophthalmologic procedures per year. Over 1,000 people per year make a profession of faith in Christ through the ministries of Bongolo Hospital.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Gabon

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers (IWs) receive one year of intensive French language study in a French-speaking environment. The goal will be to speak, read, and write in order to share the good news of Jesus. Our IWs generally receive one full year of French language training in Albertville, France, prior to coming to Gabon.

Health Considerations:

Gabon is a relatively hot and very humid country. Being in good health is important. Of course Bongolo Hospital has a number of capable physicians and a well-stocked pharmacy.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifts, training, and abilities, as well as the needs of the team. It is expected that both spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives, depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc. Because Bongolo Hospital is often short-staffed, the spouse will be able to find a position easily. 

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

There has often been a teacher present at Bongolo to help with homeschooling, and this could be an option for the future based on the needs and desires of team members. Boarding school options can also be explored.

Compensation:

Once appointed, the successful applicant is responsible to subscribe support through the applicant’s network of friends and family, local church, or other resources. Cost information will be made available upon application.

Whole-Life Health:

The C&MA is an evangelical denomination committed to planting churches both in the United States and internationally. Due to the nature of this ministry opportunity, part of the required qualifications include optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These will be assessed as you move forward in the application process.

Important Clarification:

Applicants should be aware that serving in the international world often requires a higher degree of grace and flexibility. For example, overseas teams can be suddenly and unexpectedly impacted by illness, government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control. The challenge for applicants is that these factors can sometimes necessitate the sudden redefining of a position, which may take place before, during, or after the application/interview process has begun or is completed.

Questions?

Please contact Amy Roedding at roeddinga@cmalliance.org.

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