Global Health Fellowship Application -- 2012-2013

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Background & Instructions

        A.  About the Fellowship

                 The Medical Missionaries Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Global Health offers two recent college graduates planning on entering the health professions 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 funds the clinic—and the clinic’s all-Haitian staff. The fellowship begins in the summer of 2012 and ends in the summer of 2013.

                During their year in Haiti, fellows fulfill a variety of administrative functions, including managing the clinic’s finances, ordering medicines and supplies, helping organize the clinic, and facilitating logistics for visiting teams of American physicians and surgeons. Fellows also coordinate several health and community projects involving Community Health Workers, water access and purification, malnutrition, salt iodization, and education. In addition to these responsibilities, fellows have the opportunity to design and implement projects of their own; shadow the clinic’s physicians, midwife, and nurses; work in the clinic’s laboratory and pharmacy; and assist American surgeons during their visits.  All necessary training will be provided.

                Fellows live with clinic staff in a house adjacent to the clinic. All living expenses are covered by Medical Missionaries, including a cook, a bedroom, wireless satellite Internet access, a washing machine, and potable water. Medical Missionaries also pays for all transportation costs for the fellows, including two to three return trips to the States for periods of two to three 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 prepared to live in a rural, underdeveloped setting. They also should expect to be the only foreigners in Thomassique for most of the year. For a personal account of the fellowship experience and in-depth descriptions of the health and community projects, visit the current fellows’ blog on the Medical Missionaries website,, or at To find out more information about Medical Missionaries please visit


        B.  About St. Joseph’s Clinic in Thomassique, Haiti

                 Thomassique is a large town in Haiti’s Central Plateau, near the border with the Dominican Republic. Tuberculosis, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, malnutrition, severe hypertension, HIV infections, diarrhea, and dehydration are some of the prevalent disorders in the area. In 2006, Medical Missionaries built St. Joseph’s Clinic, replacing a one-bedroom house that had previously served as the area hospital for the region’s 100,000 inhabitants. St. Joseph’s Clinic offers primary care consultations, emergency and trauma care, maternal consultations and deliveries, 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 paying staff salaries. Several times a year, teams of American physicians and surgeons visit the clinic to assist the staff and perform operations.


        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 the globe. For more information about Medical Missionaries, please visit

        D. Eligibility & Selection Process

                 The Medical Missionaries Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship is directed towards recent college graduates (including those who will graduate in June 2012) who plan to pursue a career in the health professions, with an emphasis on global health. We are looking for applicants with excellent academic and extracurricular records who demonstrate maturity of thought, a well-developed sense of ethics, strong social and organizational skills, 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. Applicants should be in good physical health.

                Fellows will be expected to arrive in Thomassique in June 2012 to begin their training and transition process. The fellowship year ends in June or July of 2013. The fellowship is a full-year commitment. Fellows have the option to travel to Thomassique in Spring 2012 to become acquainted with the clinic and community. (Medical Missionaries will pay for this visit.)

                The selection process for the 2012-2013 fellowship year will be supervised by Dr. Gilbert Irwin, President of Medical Missionaries, and Dr. Kenneth Kornetsky, Vice President of Medical Missionaries. The 2011-2012 fellows, Saskia Guerrier and Anand Habib, will direct the process. All applicants will be considered on merit and without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

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        E.  Instructions & Timeline

             Applicants are expected to adhere to the deadlines outlined below. All application materials must be sent electronically to by the appropriate deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Recommendations from up to three non-peer sources will be required for the secondary application. Applicants will also be asked to submit official transcripts and verify their standardized exam scores later in the process. Please keep this information in mind as you prepare your application.




Primary Application Due

October 21, 2011 11:59 PM EDT

Notification of Secondary Recipients

October 31, 2011

Secondary Application and Recommendations Due

November 28, 2011 11:59 PM EST

Notification of Interview Recipients

December 10, 2011


December 11 – December 17, 2011

Final Notification of Fellowship Recipients and Alternates

Late December 2011 to early January 2012




            A.   Personal Details

First name/s:      

Date of birth: mm / dd / 19 yy

Last name:      


Current Address:

Permanent Address:

     Street address:      

     Street address:      







Telephone #: 1-    -    -     

Telephone #: 1-   -   -    

E-mail address:      

Is this your parents’ address? Yes  No

Are you a US citizen? Yes    No

If not, or if you are a dual citizen, please list the other countries in which you have citizenship:      

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor? Yes  No

Have you previously applied to this fellowship? No    Yes, in 20yy   

Where did you learn about this fellowship? Pre-health center    Medical Missionaries website    Fellowship blog  Job search website  Friend/Family    Other  Please specify:      


            B.   Education

Degree-granting institution:      


Graduation date: mm / dd / 20yy

Cumulative GPA (4.0 scale):     

BCPM GPA (4.0 scale):     

(Please report following AMCAS guidelines)

Please indicate your area(s) of interest:

Medicine    Nursing    Pharmacy    Public Health   Dentistry    Other  (Please explain in Question D4.)


Pre-Medical Applicants:

Other Applicants:

Have you taken the MCAT? Yes  No

If so, please list your MCAT scores:

     Physical Sciences:

     Verbal Reasoning:   Writing Sample:

     Biological Sciences:

Name the standardized test for your post-graduate study or professional certification:      

Have you taken this exam? Yes  No

If so, please list your scores:     

If you plan to take the MCAT, please list the date on which you plan to take it:

mm / dd / 20yy

If not, please list the date on which you plan to take this exam:

mm / dd / 20yy

Institutions Attended:

(Three most recent schools you have attended.)

Time of Study:

Field(s) of Study:

(Please indicate if major, minor, etc.)



















Extracurricular Activities (please list the five most important):

Name of organization:



Description of duties, including approximate time commitment:



mm/ yy




























1. Fellowships, honors, and/or awards received (775 char. max):      

2. Work experience and/or relevant coursework  (775 char. max):      

3. Research experience (none is required; 775 char. max):      

4. Foreign languages spoken (please indicate degree of fluency; 125 char. max):      

            D.  Short Response

1. Previous international experience (none is required; 775 char. max):      

2. Previous medical exposure/experience (none is required; 775 char. max):      

3. How do you expect to be most challenged by living in Haiti? (775 char. max):      

4. How does this fellowship fit into your future plans? (775 char. max):      

5. If you could bring only one book for pleasure with you to Thomassique, what would you bring and why? (775 char. max):      


            E.   Language Requirement

                 A major component of the fellowship is cultural and language immersion. Your ability to communicate in Haitian Creole will be vital to your success and overall experience in Haiti. Consequently, we require that you commit to pursuing a guided independent study of Haitian Creole prior to your arrival in Haiti. A course syllabus, reading materials, and audio resources will be provided by Medical Missionaries. If selected as a fellow, do you commit to pursuing a guided independent study of Haitian Creole in Spring 2012?


        Yes, I am able to pursue a guided independent study of Haitian Creole.

         No, I am not able to carry out this requirement of the fellowship.


            F.    Statement by the Applicant

                 By typing my electronic signature below I certify that all of the statements made on all pages of this application are true, correct, and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that a background check may be performed and that any misleading, inaccurate, or incomplete information may be cause for disqualification or termination from the fellowship. In the event I am awarded the fellowship: (1) I agree to allow Medical Missionaries to publish my photo and other information; (2) I agree to keep Medical Missionaries informed of my whereabouts and progress and to prepare such reports, both progress and terminal, covering my experience while under the fellowship as are requested by Medical Missionaries; (3) I understand that in case I fail to maintain a satisfactory record, or in case my conduct is considered prejudicial to the best interest of the Medical Missionaries fellowship program, my fellowship may be terminated.


Electronic Signature:      


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