Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Fellow
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.
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)
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
Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from residency director or
Official transcript of USMLE or Non-US equivalent test results
Official medical school transcript
All application materials and questions should be emailed to PGSSCBoston@gmail.com.
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