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 in Haiti, Fellows coordinate several health and community projects, traditional birth assistants, mobile clinics, water
purification, malnutrition, salt iodization, and education.They 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 medical teams. In addition to these responsibilities,
Fellows have the opportunity to shadow the Clinic’s physicians, midwives, and nurses, and assist U.S. surgeons during
Missionaries is pleased to announce the appointment of the Global Health Fellows who will begin their year of service at St.
Joseph Clinic in Thomassique, Haiti, in June 2018:
Anael Rizzo graduated
in 2016 from the University of California - San Diego (UCSD), where she majored in physiology and neuroscience and minored
in political science. She is currently enrolled in a post-baccalaureate medical program at the University of California
– San Francisco (UCSF).
UCSD, Anael served as Community Education Coordinator and Board Member of the International Health Collective, where among
other things she set up a Clinic and Community Health Worker program in Tijuana, Mexico. Additionally, she spent two
years working as a research assistant studying regeneration after spinal cord injury. As a San Francisco native, Anael
has served in various roles across the Bay Area, including being a Patient Navigator at the Stanford Arbor Free Clinic, a
community educator for the Healthy Ambassadors program in Oakland, CA, and a Medical Document Specialist and remote
medical scribe for Augmedix.
Anael's investment in being a change agent has been largely influenced while abroad on mission trips to Mexico, Colombia,
and Nicaragua. She speaks Spanish fluently and will be studying Haitian Creole between now and June. Following
her Global Health Fellowship, Anael plans to pursue degrees in medicine and public health/global health.
Jason Piersaint will graduate from Columbia University in May 2018. He is majoring
in Neuroscience and Behavior.
Jason serves as a Counselor for the Sinai
Braves Pathfinder Club, providing leadership training and mentoring to community youth. He has served as Vice President
of the Columbia University Chapter of the NAACP, responsible for creating events that promote ideals of equality. Jason
was also Secretary of the Columbia University Adventist Christian Fellowship and a Volunteer for the Columbia Student Health
Outreach program, providing a local food bank. He is also a Volunteer at Mt. Sinai St. Luke's Hospital in New York City.
At Columbia, Jason has been a research assistant in a study of the mechanism of development
(or pathogenesis) of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The findings from that study were published by the refereed
journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS), in September 2017.
Jason speaks Haitian Creole fluently. At the conclusion of his Global Health Fellowship, Jason plans to pursue
degrees in medicine and public health.
Ruth Dunn will graduate in May 2018 from Louisiana State University with
a degree in biological sciences and a minor in French. Following her Fellowship, she intends to pursue degrees in Medicine
and Public Health. She has made volunteer mission trips to Brazil, Poland, Dominican Republic, and Kenya.
developed an interest in the intersection of infectious disease and healthcare inequity. At LSU, she has done research
on ways to combat insulin resistance in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. At the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, she
has done research to evaluate the effectiveness of pediatric vaccinations on respiratory viruses. She has worked
in healthcare in the Baton Rouge community, and with the Louisiana Department of Health.
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 2019-2020 Fellowships will open in Fall 2018. New Fellows
are announced early in 2019. (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.