The Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) is one of the Programs within the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. It comprises a working group of faculty and fellows working in various aspects of global surgical care delivery.
Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellows conduct their work in in close collaboration with Fellows from other Harvard Affiliated Hospitals (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston) and additional Faculty Affiliates under the umbrella of the PGSSC.
The purpose of the Fellowship is to train leaders who will further promote surgical care, education, and research pertinent to global surgery . Fellows will also develop academic, clinical, and administrative skills in global surgery, public health, surgical systems development, and humanitarian aid. Throughout the course of the Fellowship, there will be a focus on developing a skill set necessary to treat conditions common in resource-poor settings.
In order to provide the most comprehensive training, the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship offers two educational and training tracks, one focusing on Clinical Care aspects, and one focusing on Global Health Research.
Those choosing to enter the Clinical Track of the Global Surgery Fellowship must have already completed their surgical residency. The Research Track is designed for those who are taking time away from their residency, and completion of surgical training is not required.