Global Health Fellows
Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellowship offers two 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. (To
learn more about the Fellowship program, visit our Fellowship Application page.)
During their year in Haiti, Fellows serve as prime contact between Medical Missionaries’ U.S. headquarters and St. Joseph
Clinic in Thomassique. 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 six 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.
Our Global Health Fellows who are serving for one year at St. Joseph Clinic from June 2016 to July 2017 are:
|Samuel Starke graduated from St. Louis University in May 2016 with a degree in Public Health and Biology.
When not at the university or in Haiti, he lives in Germantown, Wisconsin.|
Sam served as Executive Vice President
of Global Brigades to Nicaragua and made medical mission trips to Nicaragua in 2015 and 2016. At St. Louis University, he
did extensive work in the medical lab and conducted biological research studies, especially the study of signal transduction
in yeast cells. Sam also assisted with the Survey of Health of Wisconsin, a study of the University of Wisconsin School of
Medicine and Public Health.
Sam was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Club, the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit
Honors Society, and the Student Outbreak Response Team..
Lacey Marie Smith graduated in May 2016 from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, with a
degree in Health and Human Sciences. When not at the university or in Haiti, Lacey lives in Newbury Park, California.
Lacey served as Clinic Assistant and Vice President for the Lions for Venice Family Clinic, and as Veteran Emergency
Medical Technician for Loyola Marymount University Medical Services. She conducted cardiovascular research studies and, in
summer 2014, conducted a study of waterborne pathogens in Thailand. Aside from her academic pursuits, Lacey was a member of
the LMU Theatre Program, where she put her acting, voice, and piano skills to good use.
Lacey was a member of Sigma
Xi Scientific Research Society and Alpha Nu Jesuit Honors Society, was in the Loyola Marymount University Honors Program,
and on the Dean's list every semester.
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.
To learn more about the Fellowship program, visit our Fellowship Application page.