Worldwide, extreme poverty, violence, discrimination, and political instability will profoundly impact the health status of a nation and its people. Global public health efforts over the past few decades have begun to address the health needs of those in the most resource-poor settings in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Although infectious disease and primary care have captured most of the attention, surgery and anesthesia care have traditionally been absent from global public health discourse.
However, over the last decade, there has been an increasing movement to address and include the role of emergency and essential surgical care in broader global public health initiatives in LMICs. The primary goal of the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship is to address the role of surgical care in population-based health care in resource-poor settings throughout the world.
Surgeons associated with Harvard Teaching Hospitals, in conjunction with Partners In Health, have addressed this need for a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare by launching a Fellowship program that combines surgical training with the advanced study of global public health. Through the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship, dedicated surgeons are able to obtain the medical and non-medical skills they need to improve the health of some of the world's most impoverished people.
The Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship is a one or two year program that is designed for medical professionals who have either already completed their surgical residency or are taking a scheduled break to conduct research. Please click on the links below for additional information about the two available tracks within the Fellowship:
Paul Farmer Global Surgery Clinical Fellowship
Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Fellowship
Interested fellows in either track may incorporate a Masters of Public Health degree during their fellowship, but this option is not compulsory. The MPH degree is started through the Summer Program in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health. Obtaining the MPH will require a 24 month commitment and will require separate applications to the Harvard School of Public Health (see Application Instructions). Please note that tuition and fees associated with matriculation in the MPH program will be the responsibility of the Fellow unless otherwise specified.
Questions about Partners In Health
Any questions regarding the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship should be directed to:
For Medical Students:
There are multiple avenues for medical students who are interested in taking a year away from their formal studies to be involved with our work. Please contact GlobalSurgery@childrens.harvard.edu for more information.