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 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 their visits.

Medical 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, Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellow
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).

While at 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 Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellow

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.


Medical-Missionaries Global Health Fellow Ruth Dunn

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. 

Ruth has 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.

  You Can Help Medical Missionaries: Donate now to support our clinic or health related projects;  Form a Medical Missionaries Chapter in your area;  Volunteer to help in the U.S. or abroad.

PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!chapter.gif volunteer.gif

Medical Missionaries' partners in improving health

Project Hope

Feed My Starving Children

 Meds & Food for Kids

 Project Hope

 Catholic Medical
Mission Board


 Vitamin Angels  

©2017  Medical Missionaries, 9590 Surveyor Ct., Manassas, VA 20110, (703) 335-1800.   A 501(c)(3) corporation.