Department of Medicine

Information for Applicants

Thank you for your interest in the WCM Global Health Research Fellowship. Our program is a 3-year research fellowship comprised of the following training:

Field-Based Research and Mentorship

Trainees will conduct research abroad in Haiti, Tanzania, India, or Brazil for a minimum of 20 months over the three-year program. This amount of field research time is unique to this program and is essential for understanding the local health context, establishing relationships with field-based clinical and research colleagues, and developing preliminary data for a future NIH grant submission. The research may be translational, clinical, or implementation. Trainees will be assigned primary mentors among the faculty in the Center for Global Health, which has over 15 faculty based in New York and at these partner programs.

Each trainee will be paired with a group of secondary mentors within the Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluative Sciences Research and other divisions or institutions depending on the proposed project.

The trainees will meet weekly with their primary mentor, quarterly with their secondary mentors as well as interact as a group on a quarterly basis to foster research collaboration and skill building. Institutional support will be provided for travel and accommodations, a research stipend, and language skills.

Masters in Science Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research

The program consists of didactic courses (Biostatistics I and II, Clinical Research Methods, Epidemiology, Advanced Epidemiology, Decision Analysis, Research Ethics, etc.) and a mentored thesis project (published paper). This program employs a multidisciplinary model of mentorship and career development that has been successful over the past decade in training students who have subsequently assumed faculty positions and obtained independent peer-reviewed research support. A global health track was introduced in 2009 and has had 25 students enrolled from Brazil (six), Haiti (six), Tanzania (six), India (two), and the United States (five).

Trainees take courses in New York and conduct their thesis research at international sites. These trainees have been supported through NIH Fogarty training grants, an NIAID T32 training grant, USAID, and private foundations.

Hospital Medicine Clinical and Teaching Service

Trainees will also be mentored by faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine. The division faculty currently provide the majority of medical student and residency teaching at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine. Faculty also provide training in evidence-based medicine, bedside procedures, and quality improvement methods. Each trainee will be paired with a primary inpatient internal medicine mentor, who will provide mentorship on clinical care, teaching, and quality improvement methods.

If you are interested in our program, please send the following to the WCM Global Health Research Fellowship (

  1. Personal statement outlining your research interest, experience in global health, and career goals
  2. Curriculum Vitae

Molly McNairy, M.D., M.Sc.
Program Co-Director, WCM Global Health Research Fellowship Program

Contact Information

General Internal Medicine

Monika Safford, M.D., Chief

Anita Mesi, Administrator
Tel: (646) 962-5900
Fax: (646) 962-5039

Global Health Research Fellowship

Molly McNairy, M.D., Program Co-Director
Daniel Fitzgerald, M.D., Program Co-Director

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WCM Center for Global Health: Global Health Research Fellowship
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