The Weill Cornell Global Health Research Fellowship is designed to train generalist clinician-scientists for careers in global health research. This Fellowship is in its second year and aims to address the global needs of poor communities including primary care, non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, and health service delivery. The three-year Global Health Research Fellowship is tailored for post-residency graduates in internal medicine, and it includes extensive field-based research in Weill Cornell programs based in Haiti, Tanzania, Brazil, and India, along with training in research methods (MS in Clinical Epidemiology), and teaching and clinical service at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Graduates of internal medicine residency training programs who express a commitment to become clinician-scientists focused on global health research are eligible to apply for the new fellowship. Fellows accepted to the program will be junior faculty at Weill Cornell, and receive research funding and intensive faculty mentorship from New York and international Weill Cornell faculty. Objectives of the fellowship include providing trainees with the skills to design and conduct patient-oriented research and to prepare trainees for NIH K-award submission.
There are currently two Global Health Research Fellows, Dr. Justin Kingery, MD,PhD and Dr. Kathleen Walsh, MD, MPH, who are both also NIH Fogarty International Center Fellows.
Dr. Justin Kingery, MD, PhD, (Fellow class of 2015) is in Mwanza, Tanzania at the Weill Bugando Medical Centre for his second year of training. Dr. Kingery comments, “While it is possible to obtain research training, or clinical experience in the US and abroad, or rigorous coursework in research methods and global health mentorship, it is rare, if not impossible, to find a program with emphasis on all. The mentors truly care for their fellows as whole people. They know my immediate career goals and my hopes for the global health field on a broader scale. They know the science I do not, and they want to ensure my learning to continue the tradition. They know clinical medicine, and most importantly, they know us, the fellows.”
Dr. Kathleen Walsh, MD, MPH, is a fellow working at the GHESKIO Centers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, under the mentorship of Dr. Daniel Fitzgerald, MD and Dr. Jean Pape, MD. Her time at GHESKIO has “shown [her] the immense importance of research in advancing equity in health care.” Dr. Walsh adds, “Looking for better ways of treating diseases like tuberculosis has a direct clinical impact on GHESKIO’s patients. By combining clinical service with research, Cornell/GHESKIO is able to make a substantial impact in a resource-limited setting. ”
Dr. Molly McNairy and Dr. Daniel Fitzgerald serve as Co-Directors for this exciting new Fellowship. Dr. Fitzgerald has nearly two decades of global health research experience, working with GHESKIO in Haiti, where he has played a critical role in furthering advances for the treatment of HIV-AIDS and Tuberculosis. Dr. McNairy’s research focuses on implementation science of HIV models of care and health system strengthening in resource-limited settings.
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