Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Fellow

Harvard Medical School
Date Posted: August 17, 2018 The Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship was created by the Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston in collaboration with Partners In Health and the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School. The purpose of the Fellowship is to train leaders who will further promote surgical care, education, research, and policy development in the field of global surgery in resource poor settings around the world. Fellows will also develop academic, clinical, advocacy, and administrative skills in global surgery, public health, surgical systems development, and humanitarian aid. The hallmark and priority of this program is to provide Fellows the opportunity to learn the research and business management skills necessary to develop and manage surgical care delivery and research in low and middle income countries. The main focus of the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship curriculum revolves around education, research, and the provision of surgical care. Fellows are expected to work collaboratively and participate in the education and training of other residents and medical students that may be working as part of the Global Surgery Team. Fellowship Structure Duration: 24 months Curriculum: Divided between (1) Research, (2) International surgical care and systems strengthening and education, (3) Local and international policy and advocacy, and (4) Masters of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health (optional) 1. Research Fellows will conduct clinical and health care service research related to global surgery. Potential topics may include research focused on the burden of surgical disease in LMICs, local surgical capacity strengthening, clinical outcomes, cost effectiveness, and the implementation of innovative and/or disruptive technologies in resource-poor settings. Fellows will also be expected to gain experience writing grant proposals to obtain funding for research projects and working with IRBs. 2. International surgical care and systems strengthening and education Fellows will develop and monitor research projects at various stages of implementation. Fellows will also gain firsthand experience in surgical care delivery and program development, public health, human rights, and training of local providers. 3. Policy and Advocacy Fellows are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the global surgery agenda and will have the opportunity to participate in activities of the EESC at the WHO as well as other international organizations such as the G4 Alliance and COSECA. 4. Masters of Public Health If they choose to do so, Fellows may pursue a Masters Degree in Public Health through the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health during the Fellowship. The MPH degree can be started through the Summer Program in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health. Separate applications to these programs are required; acceptance into the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship does not guarantee acceptance into the MPH program.

How To Apply Application Deadline: Sunday, September 23rd In order to apply for the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship, please fill out the application. In addition to submitting a completed application, please be sure to also include:  Current Curriculum Vitae listing all research, work, and volunteer experiences. In addition, please list any international experiences you have had (include location, dates, and nature of involvement)  A Personal Statement. This statement should describe your interest in and commitment to expanding the field of global surgery. Please also explain how you feel that you might benefit from this fellowship. Personal statements should be limited to one singlespaced page  Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from residency director or chairman  Official transcript of USMLE or Non-US equivalent test results  Official medical school transcript All application materials and questions should be emailed to

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