1. Is there a deadline for the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship application?
2. When does the Fellowship begin?
3. 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.
4. How is the Fellowship funded?
Salary support from the Fellowship is not guaranteed, so we encourage applicants to apply for funding. However, all research-related expenses, including travel and in-country lodging, will be covered by the Fellowship. 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.
5. Does the Fellowship include health insurance?
The Fellowship does not currently provide health insurance for Fellows.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. What MPH concentration do you recommend?
We recommend the Clinical Effectiveness concentration, but as long as your MPH starts with the summer Program in Clinical Effectiveness, you may choose another concentration.
9. Is it possible to do parts of the MPH during the academic year?
We recommend the summer-only MPH because it more intense and less time-consuming. A part-time academic year MPH is possible, but course-work during the academic year leaves less flexibility for international travel.
10. 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. Likewise, there are no extramural clinical obligations for Fellows. Applicants with the appropriate credentials may apply for a Massachusetts license to pursue independent moonlighting opportunities.
11. 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 international 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 international equivalents, prior to applying. Fellows interested in moonlighting must have completed USMLE steps 1-3 and must obtain a Massachusetts license.
12. What have past Fellows gone on to do after the program?
Please see the link to our past fellows.