The Critical Care Physician is responsible for providing clinical care to patients in a severe or unstable condition, during an international DART medical response. This may include care of ICU-level patients in a hospital or specialised programs such as Respiratory Care Units. The Critical Care Physician will follow Samaritan’s Purse protocols.

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Includes the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • – Maintain a personal, active relationship with Jesus Christ and be a consistent witness for Jesus Christ.
  • – Attend daily morning devotions and participate in prayer support for the ministry and ongoing response.
  • – Deploy internationally to disaster settings as part of the DART team, serving with fellow members to further Samaritan’s Purse’s mission.
  • – Follow the policies and procedures of Samaritan’s Purse as set forth in the Policy Manual.
  • – Provide medical care and monitoring of critically ill and injured patients whose condition is unstable or serious.
  • – Oversee decisions involved in a critically ill patient’s care and collaborate with emergency, medical, surgical and specialty teams as needed.
  • – Bring competence to a specialised response (e.g., care of Covid-19 patients in a Respiratory Care Unit).
  • – Haemodynamic and respiratory monitoring and intervention for patients requiring invasive or non-invasive ventilation.
  • – Management of ventilator settings, including weening or escalating settings for progressing or decompensating patients.
  • – Evaluate extubation readiness according to extubation criteria.
  • – Management of shock and multi-organ failure in resource-limited settings.
  • – Prescribe medications in accordance with the Samaritan’s Purse formularies. Knowledge of critical infusions for haemodynamic support, including appropriate selection and titration of medications.
  • – Complete clinical assessments and diagnoses with the use of basic laboratory tests and basic imaging.
  • – Complete necessary documentation and data collection, ensuring an appropriate written/oral handover.
  • – Practice standard precautions and maintain the integrity of sterile supplies and equipment.
  • – Consult with local providers and health officials as requested by Clinical Director.
  • – Ensure smooth inter-departmental patient transfers and referrals to external facilities for further care.



  • – Post-resident with a minimum of two years of experience as a physician in an ICU setting (time spent in ICU residency counts toward the minimum requirement).
  • – Clinical ICU experience within the last five years.
  • – Completion of accredited training as a physician specialising in Critical Care with a current active licence.
  • – Available on short notice for a 3–4-week deployment, once or twice per year.
  • – Able to serve within a very fast-paced environment, 7 days a week for extended hours while on deployment.
  • – Demonstrated travel, volunteer or work experience in developing countries.
  • – Willingness to work in unstable, insecure areas.
  • – Able to work as a member of a team, particularly cross-culturally.
  • – Highly detail-oriented in all areas of work.
  • – Critical Care specialties of Trauma ICU, Surgical ICU, Pulmonary ICU, and Medical ICU (desirable, but not required).
  • – Teaching experience (desirable, but not required).

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