Do I need to have previous global health experience?
No, previous experience in global health is not a prerequisite to the program.
What have previous Fellows done after their fellowship?
Our Fellows have gone on to pursue exciting careers in medicine and academia, including becoming Hospitalists or a second Fellowship (Nephrology and Cardiology). All have remained involved in global health efforts, including leading global health teams, creating global health programs at their current institutions, and more.
Are the Fellows paid? Are there benefits?
The Fellow will be compensated at a PGY4 level or higher and is eligible for all RUSH health benefits.
How are the communities selected?
RUSH works closely with Community Empowerment, an NGO that partners with community leaders to build sustainable healthcare solutions. As a result, our partner communities have been vetted in advance and have strong local leadership and support. Local Community Empowerment staff are also on-hand to assist with your experience.
What does a Fellow do on a day-to-day basis?
On a given day, Fellows may perform the following:
- Provide primary care and public health education in partner communities
- Provide pre and post-care on surgical team trips
- Assist/steer programmatic development in partner communities
- Engage with community leadership to determine focus of scholarship/implement scholarly activity in partnership with community
What are examples of scholarly activities that Fellows have initiated and/or implemented?
Previous examples include a community survey that assessed food security in patients with chronic illness, such as diabetes, in an urban Dominican community. Another project was the early detection and treatment of pre-cancerous cervical lesions with VCA and thermocoagulation in a Haitian resettlement community.