Global Health Fellows

The Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellowship offers two recent college graduates planning on entering the health professions, and health professionals, an 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 U.S.-Based organization that built and funds the Clinic--and the Clinic's all-Haitian staff.
 
During their year in Haiti, Fellows 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 design and implement projects of their own, shadow the Clinic's physicians, midwives and nurses, work in the Clinic's  laboratory and pharmacy, and assist U.S. medical teams during their visits.

Global Health Fellows 2013-2014

Medical Missionaries has appointed Mary Davies and Samuel Ware as Global Health Fellows for 2013 to 2014. The Fellows have deferred going to medical school for one year to serve the health needs of the poor at St. Joseph Clinic in Thomassique, Haiti.   

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Mary Davies graduated from Harvard University in May 2013 with a degree in Social Studies and Global Health Policy.  She held leadership positions in several community development projects in Cambridge. She also tutored middle-school students and has been a peer counselor through the Cambridge After-School Program.  Mary volunteered as an HIV/AIDS educator in Tanzania and studied gender issues in Tanzania and South Africa. She looks forward to learning more about delivery of high quality health services in an economically challenged area while in Thomassique. Mary intends to pursue a joint MD-MPH (Masters in Public Health) program following her Fellowship.

 

 

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Samuel Ware graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2013 with a degree in Health and Societies. He helped found a health professional and mentoring group for local high school students in Philadelphia and was involved in a variety of community health projects through Investing in Ourselves. Sam spent a year abroad studying comparative health and best practices in global health delivery in Switzerland, India, China, and South Africa. He interned at Aravind (India), conducting a patient flow optimization study in the hospital’s Retina Clinic. He has taken graduate courses in public health and plans to pursue an MPH following his Fellowship.  He ultimately plans to specialize in infectious disease control or epidemiology.

 

 

The Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellowship is a very competitive process that takes place in the Fall of each year.  Applications are solicited from students at about 50 colleges and universities that have pre-med or public health programs.  Medical Missionaries normally receives 100 or more applications for the two Fellowships. 

To learn more about the Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellowship or to download a copy of the 2014 to 2015 Fellowship Application, click here. 

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