Department of Plastic And Oral Surgery Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Contact the Department of Plastic Surgery

  • 1-617-355-7252
  • International: +01-617-355-5209

1. How many Fellows do you accept each year?

The number of accepted Fellows varies from year to year depending on funding resources and ongoing project needs.

2. How is the Fellowship funded?

Salary support from the Fellowship is not guaranteed, so we encourage applicants to apply for funding. Many research-related expenses, including travel and in-country lodging, will be covered by the Fellowship. For larger research projects we will support the fellow in pursuit of outside funding in the form of grants and other awards. Currently, the Fellowship does not fund tuition or fees associated with the Masters in Public Health, and it is the responsibility of the Fellow to secure their own tuition funding. Please see below for funding options that have been useful to previous fellows and associates/ students:

3. Does the Fellowship assist with housing?

The Fellowship does not provide housing. Additional information may be found through Harvard University Housing. Current Fellows may be able to provide additional information about housing availability.

4. Can I do the MPH program if only doing a one year Fellowship?

You will need at least 2 years in order to have adequate time for the MPH and the Fellowship.

5. What MPH concentration do you recommend?

In the past, our fellows have enrolled in the Clinical Effectiveness and Global Health concentrations. Other fellows have completed the Summer-Only MPH. The Clinical Effectiveness concentration and the Summer-Only MPH option typically give fellows the greatest flexibility to travel and work on research. We encourage you to talk with us and the Harvard School of Public Health to determine the concentration that will work best for you.

6. Is it possible to do parts of the MPH during the academic year?

Yes, although course-work during the academic year leaves less flexibility for international travel. Our past fellows have completed the MPH program as part-time students, full-time students, and summer-only students. We encourage you to talk with us and the Harvard School of Public Health to determine the option that will work best for you.

7. Are there clinical obligations for the fellows here in the US? What clinical role do Fellows play at Children's Hospital in Boston?

There is no mandated clinical role. If you are applying for the Clinical Fellowship and if you have completed Pediatric Plastic Surgery Training, there may be moonlighting opportunities available through Children’s Hospital Boston. However, there are no extramural clinical obligations for Fellows. Clinical Fellow and Research Fellow applicants with the appropriate credentials may apply for a Massachusetts license to pursue independent moonlighting opportunities.

8. Do I have to have completed USMLE steps 1-3 in order to apply for the Fellowship?

Research Fellows must have completed USMLE steps 1 and 2 (CK and CS), or non-US equivalents, in order to be eligible for the Fellowship. Clinical Fellows must have completed their surgical training, and thus must have completed USMLE steps 1-3, or Non-US equivalents, prior to applying. Fellows interested in moonlighting must have completed USMLE steps 1-3 and must obtain a Massachusetts license.

The ECFMG website is a helpful tool in answering international credentialing and eligibility questions.

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