ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
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 Haiti. Fellows
spend one year in Thomassique, Haiti, working at St. Joseph 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 2019 and ends in July 2020.
During their year in
Haiti, Fellows will serve as prime contact between Medical Missionaries’ U.S. headquarters and St. Joseph Clinic in
Thomassique. They will coordinate 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.
Moreover, Fellows also fulfill a variety
of administrative roles such as monitoring medication usage, helping the Clinic to be well-organized, and coordinating the
logistics for visiting teams of U.S. physicians, dentists, 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 visiting surgical and medical teams. All necessary training will be provided.
Fellows live with Clinic staff in a residence
adjacent to the Clinic. Living expenses are covered by Medical Missionaries, including a bedroom, meals, wireless satellite
Internet access, a washing machine, and potable water and emergency evacuation insurance. Medical Missionaries also pays for
Fellowship-related transportation costs for the Fellows, including up to two return trips to the States for periods of two
weeks. This arrangement is ideal for individuals who are applying to graduate schools, including medical school, during the
year and need to return to the country for interviews. Fellows should be physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared to
live in a rural, underdeveloped setting for an extended period of time. They also should expect to be the only foreigners
in Thomassique for most of the year.
B. ABOUT ST. JOSEPH CLINIC IN THOMASSIQUE, HAITI
Thomassique is a large
town in Haiti’s Central Plateau, near the border with the Dominican Republic. Tuberculosis, typhoid fever, cholera,
malaria, dengue fever, malnutrition, severe hypertension, and HIV are some of the prevalent disorders in the area. In 2006,
Medical Missionaries built St. Joseph Clinic, replacing a one-bedroom house that had occasionally served as the area medical
facility for the region’s 100,000 inhabitants.
St. Joseph Clinic offers primary care consultations, emergency care, maternal
consultations and deliveries, as well as lab services, a pharmacy, and a pediatric vaccination program. All of the Clinic
employees are Haitian. The facility is open five days a week for ambulatory care and twenty-four hours a day for emergency
care. Medical Missionaries provides the Clinic with medicines and supplies in addition to funds for staff salaries and Clinic
expenses. Several times a year, teams of U.S. physicians, surgeons, and dentists visit the Clinic to assist the staff and
C. ABOUT MEDICAL MISSIONARIES
Medical Missionaries is
a non-profit, non-religiously affiliated organization dedicated to providing health care, medical support, medical education,
and training to under-served communities around the world regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation. Headquartered
in Manassas, Virginia, Medical Missionaries has provided medical relief and supplies to over 30 developing countries across
D. ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION PROCESS
The Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellowship
is open to recent college graduates, (including those graduating in May and June 2019) and graduate students with a strong
background and interest in global health. United States citizenship is required. Professionals are also welcome to apply though
the Fellowship is not intended to be a clinical experience, but rather an introduction to providing health care services in
a resource-limited setting.
We are looking for applicants with excellent academic and extracurricular records who demonstrate strong interpersonal
and organizational skills, a well-developed sense of ethics, an open mind and willingness to learning about a new culture,
and a commitment to reducing health disparities worldwide. We are especially interested in those applicants who
have exhibited a high degree of leadership, self-direction, responsibility, and willingness to take on tasks that are at times
less than glamorous, and have had experience living in resource poor settings. Applicants should be in good physical/mental/emotional
health. Conversational knowledge of French or Creole is a plus, but not required.
Fellows will be expected to arrive in Thomassique
in June 2019 to begin their training and the transition process. The fellowship year ends in July of 2020. The Fellowship
is a full-year commitment.
Dr. Gilbert Irwin, President of Medical Missionaries, and Dr. Kenneth Kornetsky, Vice President of Medical
Missionaries and Director of St. Joseph Clinic, will supervise the selection process for the 2019-2020 Fellowship year. The
2018-2019 Fellows, Anael Rizzo, Jason Piersaint, and Ruth Dunn, will coordinate the process. All applicants will be considered
on merit and without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
If you have additional questions, please
All applications must be submitted online using Google Form:
Primary Application Due
of Secondary Recipients
Secondary Application Due
Notification of Interview Recipients
of Fellowship Recipients
October 10, 2018, 11:59 PM EST
2018, 11:59 PM EST
November 14, 2018, 11:59 PM EST
30, 2018, 11:59 PM EST
December 5, 2018, 11:59 PM EST
6 - 16, 2018
Early January 2019