The Arnhold Global Health Teaching Fellowship is a one-year program designed to provide physicians with the knowledge and skills to become professionals in global health. In particular, this fellowship has a unique focus on developing teaching strategies so that the fellow can help build healthcare capacity in settings with health worker shortages. Capitalizing on the resources of the Mount Sinai Masters of Public Health program and the Mount Sinai Institute for Medical Education, the fellows will develop the necessary clinical, teaching, research, and administrative skills to become effective global health teachers.
Fellows will be given the opportunity to take short courses or certificate programs in education, tropical medicine, or other relevant global health topics on-line or through other universities or medical centers, NGOs, or professional organizations.
Global Health Teaching Project
The teaching project is the focal point of the fellowship. The purpose of this field project is to have fellows design or take part in a long-term capacity building project in an underserved setting. The fellow will focus on teaching techniques that improves the clinical practice of physicians, nurses, other para-health professionals such as community health workers. The goal of their project may include promoting new clinical techniques or logistic improvements, , or discontinuing harmful practices. We encourage creative approaches, founded in evidence. The fellow will be asked to evaluate the impact of their training program on the targeted behavior.
Fellows will be placed at one of two sites, depending on their area of interest and language skills.
The Arnhold Global Health Institute is involved in several ongoing projects in the DR. The fellow would be based at the hospital Juan XXIII, and be able to participate in teaching initiatives with the family medicine residency based there, as well as get involved in hospital-based projects including triage and throughput in their emergency and inpatient departments. Depending on their areas of interest, fellows could work with the small community-based clinics and community health workers on a range of education and QI interventions. Fluency in Spanish is required.
The project at the Gorongosa National Park is based on a unique partnership between MSSM and a conservation organization, working to restore the ecosystem of the park as well as engage in community development projects in the rural buffer zone around this park. The fellow would continue work on one of several ongoing initiatives, including an agriculture an nutrition intervention, HIV in the workplace prevention project, ongoing training of the community health workers and traditional birth attendants, as well as collaborative projects with the local clinic and regional medical and public health schools. Proficiency in Portuguese is required.
Although this is not primarily a clinical fellowship, some clinical experience is necessary because it gives fellows a first-hand understanding of the challenges of working within healthcare institutions and healthcare structures in low-income settings, and give them exposure to the spectrum and type of disease typical of underserved patients. The fellows would be expected to become familiar, through reading and clinical practice, with the management of common tropical diseases, as well as other non-communicable diseases that one typically sees outside of the United States. This knowledge will allow them to become more effective teachers and trainers in these settings.
Fellows will have the opportunity to develop appropriate clinical skills during their time in the field, although they will spend a minority of their time doing clinical work. If their project site does not afford a clinical opportunity, a shorter-term clinical elective can be arranged in a similar setting at a partner site.
Compensation and Benefits:
The fellow will receive:
▪ Fellows salary plus benefits
▪ Travel allowance
▪ Project costs
▪ Conference Allowance
Qualifications: Qualified candidates for the fellowship must have successfully completed an accredited residency and must have a US Medical License. Any specialty will be considered. Non-MDs or international fellows are not eligible to apply. Fellows will be chosen based on a demonstrated interest in global health and education, in addition to a strong performance in their clinical training. We are looking for fellows who intend to make global health a major part of their career.
Applications can be submitted until January 5, 2015. Candidates will be notified by January 30, 2015.
Please contact Jessica Batista if you have any questions.
Mount Sinai Global Health Training
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