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
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 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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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
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.