The Postgraduate Fellowship
The PGF started in November 2017 in Bangladesh in response to the ongoing Rohingya crisis, and we have been working hard to grow and improve the programme to date. We aim to roll out the PGF in other countries from 2020 onward. To find out more or if you are interested in bringing the PGF to your community or area, please get in touch.
Background - PGF in Bangladesh
From a medical and public health perspective, there are immense requirements in the control of communicable disease, management of non-communicable disease and injuries, support for mental health and psychological trauma, as well as understanding reproductive health and coping with the effects of gender-based violence. These requirements are further challenged by the lack of health literacy amongst the Rohingya population stemming from decades of denied healthcare access.
Following on from a pilot run held in February 2018, DWW launched the PGF officially in July 2018 with its first cohort of 24 Bangladeshi doctors.
The Programme & Activities
The PGF training programme involves 108 hours of classroom sessions and 288 hours of clinical shadowing over a 14-week period. The PGF is centered around the delivery of 7 independent modules:
1) Health in Humanitarian Emergencies
2) Triage and Acute Care Management
3) Communicable Diseases
4) Non-Communicable Diseases and Palliative Care
5) Mental Health in Humanitarian Emergencies
6) Sexual and Reproductive Health, Family Planning and Gender Based Violence
7) Clinical Assessment, Professional Practice, and Communication Skills
The teaching incorporates a wide range of methodologies including:
- didactic lectures
- group discussions
- case-based scenarios
- simulated exercises with props
- clinical supervision
All participants will receive a PGF certificate outlining module competencies. In addition, several other certificates as part of the PGF programme are provided upon completion:
- The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine certificate in Health in Humanitarian Crises (via FutureLearn)
- The WHO Emergency Triage Assessment & Treatment ETAT certification
- Basic Life Support BLS
- MHGAP for mental health
- IAWG’s Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) certification for Sexual Reproductive Health
Who are our participants?
All local doctors working in the Cox’s Bazar region serving in the Rohingya camps are encouraged to apply. Our participants are carefully selected based on medical background and experience, and we continually aim to have a mixed cohort of gender, ethnic, religious, age & experience of Bangladeshi doctors.
How To Get Involved
Cohort D will from September 19 to December 13, 2019