Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellows

The Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellowship offers recent college graduates, graduate students, or professionals interested in global health the opportunity to gain experience in health care delivery in a developing country. Fellows spend one year in Thomassique, Haiti, working at St. Joseph’s Clinic, where they act as liaisons between Medical Missionaries—the US-based organization that built and provides funding for the Clinic—and the Clinic’s all-Haitian staff. The Fellowship begins in June and ends in July of the following year.

During their year in Haiti, Fellows serve as prime contacts between Medical Missionaries and St. Joseph Clinic. They coordinate several health and community projects involving Community Health Workers, traditional birth assistants, mobile clinics, water purification, malnutrition, salt iodization, and education. Fellows also work with community leaders to implement innovative health programs in Thomassique and its outlying villages. Fellows also fulfill a variety of administrative functions, including medication tracking, helping organize the Clinic and facilitating logistics for visiting teams of U.S. physicians and surgeons. In addition to these responsibilities, Fellows have the opportunity to shadow the Clinic’s physicians, midwives, and nurses; work in the Clinic’s laboratory and pharmacy; and assist U.S. surgeons during their visits.

Medical Missionaries is pleased to announce the appointment of three Global Health Fellows who will begin their year of service at St. Joseph Clinic in Thomassique, Haiti, in June 2017:

Alexa Dantzler, Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellow
Alexa Dantzler
will graduate from Emory University (Atlanta) in May 2017, with a double major in Biology and African Studies.

While at Emory, Alexa founded Students Obtaining Atlanta Research (SOAR), a program that matches high-achieving minority female teens from inner city high schools with research scientists at labs in and around Atlanta. She also served as the President of Student Educational Experience Development (SEED), a high school dropout prevention program, and has been President of the Emory Minority Pre-Medical Society.  She has received several scholarships and awards, and has conducted urology research studies at Emory and maternal health research at Chiang Mai University School of Medicine in Thailand.

Alexa was Founder and President of a Medical Missionaries Chapter at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA. In that capacity, she led two groups of high school students on mission trips to St. Joseph Clinic in Thomassique, Haiti.

Alexa plans to attend medical school following her Fellowship, and to become a practicing physician in an underserved community.

Elisabetta Hobbins Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellow

Elisabetta Hobbins
will graduate from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) in May 2017, with a  major in Public Health and minor in Spanish for the Professions.

While at Johns Hopkins, Elisabetta has served as a tutor and interpreter for the JHU SALUD club, dedicated to eliminating barriers to seeking medical care in Hispanic communities.  She has also served as President of JHU Global Public Health Brigades and traveled to Honduras and Guatemala on mission projects.  She was a Research Assistant at JHU, at the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, and in South Africa.  Before entering JHU, Elisabetta spent a year in Peru as a Rotary International Exchange student and volunteered at a home for children with medical conditions whose parents could not afford their care.

Given her research interests and experiences, Elisabetta is looking forward to advancing the Maternal and Infant Care program at St. Joseph’s Clinic in Thomassique, especially the training of the traditional birth attendants (Matwons).

Following her Fellowship, Elisabetta plans to attend medical school and specialize in Pediatrics or Obstetrics/Gynecology.  She hopes to serve underserved communities in the U.S. and pursue medical and public health mission work in developing countries. 

John Klyver Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellow

John Klyver will graduate from the University of California, Davis, in June 2017 with a degree in microbiology. While at UC Davis, John served as the President of the Phi Sigma Honor Society and was a Regents' Scholar, as well as a member of the University Honors Program.

He volunteered in the medical units at San Francisco General Hospital and the San Francisco City Impact Medical Clinic.  When he realized that undergraduate students were having trouble locating research assistant roles at the University, John created and coordinated an annual University Honors Research Fair.  When he saw that students were having trouble doing homework assignments in Chemistry and Physics, he created a Physics and Organic Chemistry YouTube channel with demonstrations of how to solve over 100 problems in those disciplines.

John is looking forward to opportunities to work with the people of Thomassique on grassroots health programs, especially the expansion of water purification efforts to reduce water-borne diseases.

Following completion of the Global Health Fellowship year, John intends to attend medical school and ultimately to become a physician and to work with Doctors Without Borders to help local leaders in impoverished areas implement successful healthcare interventions.


The Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellowship is open to recent graduates of U.S. colleges and universities who intend to pursue careers in medicine and/or public health.  During the months preceding their year of service, Fellows participate in an orientation program that includes learning to speak Creole, and report for duty at St. Joseph Clinic in Haiti in June to begin their year of service. We are grateful to these dedicated individuals for all that they do to improve the health of the people of Thomassique.

Interested in becoming a Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellow?

Our Fellows serve a year at St. Joseph Clinic in Haiti, from June until the following June.

The application process for our 2018-2019 Fellowships is open through October 10, 2017.  New Fellows are announced early in 2018. (See our application information for the fellowships to learn more about the process.) Follow Medical Missionaries on Facebook to learn more about our programs and activities.

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