The Weill Cornell Global Health Research Fellowship is a 3 year fellowship designed to train generalist clinician-scientists for academic careers in global health research. This innovative Fellowship is tailored for post-residency graduates in internal medicine and provides a unique opportunity for essential time dedicated to field work and research training. Fellows receive intensive mentorship from faculty in New York and international Weill Cornell faculty throughout their training.
Fellowship Training Components 1. Field-Based Research and Mentorship Trainees will conduct research abroad in Haiti, Tanzania, India or Brazil for a minimum of 20 months over the three-year program (Table 1). This amount of field research time is unique to this program and is essential for understanding the local health context, establishing relationships with field-based clinical and research colleagues, and developing preliminary data for a future NIH grant submission. The research may be translational, clinical, or implementation. Trainees will be assigned primary mentors among the faculty in the Center for Global Health, which has over 15 faculty based in New York and at these partner programs. Each trainee will be paired with a group of secondary mentors within the Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluative Sciences Research and other divisions or institutions depending on the proposed project. The trainees will meet weekly with their primary mentor, quarterly with their secondary mentors as well as interact as a group on a quarterly basis to foster research collaboration and skill building. Institutional support will be provided for travel and accommodations, a research stipend, and language skills.
2. Masters in Science Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research The program consists of didactic courses (Biostatistics I and II, Clinical Research Methods, Epidemiology, Advanced Epidemiology, Decision Analysis, Research Ethics, etc) and a mentored thesis project (published paper). This program employs a multidisciplinary model of mentorship and career development that has been successful over the past decade in training students who have subsequently assumed faculty positions and obtained independent peer-reviewed research support. A global health track was introduced in 2009 and has had 25 students enrolled from Brazil (6), Haiti (6), Tanzania (6), India (2), and the United States (5). Trainees take courses in New York and conduct their thesis research at international sites. These trainees have been supported through NIH Fogarty training grants, a NIAID T32 training grant, USAID, and private foundations.
3. Hospital Medicine Clinical and Teaching Service Trainees will also be mentored by faculty in the Division of Hospital Medicine. The Division faculty currently provide the majority of medical student and residency inpatient medicine teaching on five teaching services and one general medicine consult service at Weill Cornell New York Presbyterian Hospital. Faculty also provide training in evidence-based medicine, bedside procedures, and quality improvement methods. Each trainee will be paired with a primary hospital medicine mentor, who will provide mentorship on clinical care, teaching, and quality improvement methods.
How to Apply Submit the following: 1. A personal statement outlining your research interest, experience in global health, and career goals 2. Curriculum Vitae If selected for an interview, we will ask you to provide at least 2 letters of support.
Requirements Eligible applicants must be MDs and must be graduates of internal medicine residency training programs.
Applicants are encouraged to have prior global health experience. Applicants with Masters and/or PhD degrees or prior fellowships are also encouraged to apply, and the program can be adapted to provide them with more advanced training.
About Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Global Health
The Center for Global Health serves Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell University in fostering the goals of our current NIH Global Health Network. The Center stands on the pillars of our major international programs in Haiti, Brazil, and in Tanzania. The Center is based in the Department of Medicine and welcomes the participation of faculty from both Ithaca and NY who have like-interests in... addressing issues of global health inequality.
We define Global Health as research, service, and training that address health problems that transcend national boundaries, that disproportionately affect the resource poor, and that are best addressed by multidisciplinary solutions. Our vision is a sustainable and innovative university-wide Global Health research and training program at Cornell University that engages undergraduate, graduate, and medical students and faculty from multiple disciplines to solve problems of global health. The end result will be that more of Cornell's outstanding students and faculty in medicine, nutrition, agriculture, veterinary, social, and basic life sciences will make significant commitments to global health.
The objectives of the Center are three-fold:
To provide global health training, in the classroom, laboratory, and field, for Cornell students at all levels: undergraduates on the lthaca Campus, medical students at WCMC, and graduate students and post-doctoral fellows on both campuses
To provide reciprocal training programs at Cornell for colleagues at all levels from our network of international collaborating institutions
To coordinate ongoing collaborations and to develop new programs among Cornell researchers to solve existing and emerging problems in global health