As an anesthesiologist working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), you can help ensure access to lifesaving healthcare for people in need.

Our anesthesiologists: 

  • prepare and carry out anesthesia
  • coordinate operating room staff
  • supervise and train staff
  • prepare anesthetic equipment 

Anesthesiologists manage the pre- and post-operative follow-up of patients. You will also participate in collecting and analyzing data, as well as reporting. 


role requirements

  • full and current registration (NB. International Medical Graduates not registered in Canada have to go through a validation process)
  • no post residency experience required but preferred
  • experience in pediatric, obstetric and trauma anesthesia
  • extensive experience in spinal anesthesia and dissociative anesthesia (e.g. Ketamine)
  • ability to work under basic conditions, without laboratory or X-rays and with minimal monitoring, life-support or ventilation equipment
  • available to work one to six months
  • experience supervising and training others
  • strong command of English
  • please note that Family Practice Anesthesia certified GPs are not eligible for the role of anesthesiologist in MSF


Desirable experience and other skills

  • relevant travel or work experience in a developing country or remote parts of Canada
  • proficiency with Microsoft Office software (especially Excel)
  • knowledge of other languages, especially French and Arabic
  • strong teamwork skills
  • flexibility and an openness to working in different countries 


before you apply


Because Doctors Without Borders' purpose is to bring medical assistance to people in distress, the work may occur in settings of active conflict, or in post-conflict environments, in which there are inherent risks, potential danger and ongoing threats to safety and security. Doctors Without Borders acknowledges that it is impossible to exclude all risks, but it does its utmost as an organization to mitigate and manage these risks through strict and comprehensive security protocols.

Please watch this video for information on how MSF manages security.

Field workers will be fully informed of the risk associated with a potential mission before accepting a particular posting. Working for Doctors Without Borders is a deeply personal choice; individuals must determine for themselves the level of risk and the circumstances in which they feel comfortable, based on a full and transparent understanding of the possibilities they may face. Once in the mission, all Doctors Without Borders staff must strictly observe security rules and regulations; failure to do so may result in dismissal.


stories from the field

What is it like working with MSF? See our blog posts and videos for personal insights and stories from Canadian fieldworkers.



Doctors Without Borders field workers are employees with a salary and benefits. See more information on the terms of employment.

Doctors Without Borders favours at least 2 years of active commitment during which time field workers complete 2 to 4 field assignments. There are many possibilities for professional growth within the organization, into the medical, non-medical and coordination streams. For more information on learning and development as well as career opportunities with Doctors Without Borders, see our FAQ.



As you consider applying to undertake a Doctors Without Borders field mission, is it essential that you have a well-informed and realistic personal reflection. Field assignments often mean long hours with a heavy workload, basic living conditions, and working and living in often chaotic and volatile environments.

Despite such challenges, thousands of people have worked with Doctors Without Borders over the years and found their experiences in the field to be deeply rewarding, even life-changing. More than anything else, being a Doctors Without Borders field worker means acting in solidarity with people facing unimaginable medical challenges. Your presence alongside people in times of need sends a profoundly meaningful and human message: "You are not forgotten.

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