In 2014, our Division in collaboration with the WCMC Center for Global Health established a three-year research fellowship to address the rise of non-communicable diseases in resource-limited settings, the urgent need for generalist clinician scientists in global health, and the importance of primary care for sustainable health improvements. The Global Health Research Fellowship, co-directed by Margaret McNairy, M.D., Division of General Internal Medicine, and Daniel Fitzgerald, M.D., Center for Global Health, is tailored for post-residency graduates in internal medicine and seeks to train general internists for academic careers in global health research. Trainees conduct extensive field-based research in Weill Cornell Medicine programs basedin Haiti, Tanzania, India and Brazil, and undergo the Weill Cornell Medicine Masters in Science Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research. Fellows receive intensive faculty mentorship from New York and international Weill Cornell faculty. Objectives of the fellowship include deepening the trainees' understanding of health care delivery systems, epidemiology of disease, interventions to improve health in resource-poor settings, skills to design and conduct patient-oriented research, the practice and teaching of evidence-based clinical medicine in New York and abroad, and preparing trainees for NIH K-award submission.
Eligible applicants are graduates of internal medicine residency training programs who express a commitment to become clinician-scientists focused on global health research. Applicants are encouraged to have prior global health experience. Applicants with master's and/or Ph.D. degrees or prior fellowships are also encouraged to apply, and the program can be adapted to provide them with more advanced training. The program is highly selective, with one position available every year. Fellows accepted to the program will be junior faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine, and receive research funding and intensive faculty mentorship from New York and international Weill Cornell faculty.