The UCSF Global Health Core is excited to introduce the HEAL Initiative, an innovative two-year post-residency fellowship dedicated to equipping physicians with the knowledge and expertise needed to effectively serve in resource limited settings, both internationally as well as in the U.S.
With our many years of experience working in resource limited settings, we have come to a critical conclusion: to have lasting impact as health professionals in resource limited settings, the will to serve must be combined with the expertise to do so. Expanding upon this understanding, we built the HEAL Initiative with three core commitments. 1) Local health professional capacity must be supported. 2) The American health professionals who commit themselves to this mission must deeply understand the local context and have both the clinical and non-clinical skills to truly improve care. 3) The relationships between individuals and institutions must be reciprocal, long-term and equitable.
Through the HEAL Initiative, we are linking together health professionals dedicated to serving their community and to learning from others like them all around the world. Fellows rotate between an underserved site in the U.S. and an international site, gaining clinical skills and contextualized experience while simultaneously fostering cross-cultural learning through close collaboration with our local partners. In addition to an online Master in Public Health (MPH) from UC Berkeley, our graduates will come away with a set of robust and versatile skills essential to improving the delivery of health care around the world.
Our goal is to provide the next generation of global health physicians with the training program we wish we ourselves had gone through. We are currently looking to spread the word of our fellowship and to invite your residents and recent graduates who are passionate about health equity to apply for our program beginning in July 2015. Applications are now open.
For more information about the HEAL Initiative please visit our website at: www.healinitiative.org or please feel free to contact me at
Phuoc V. Le, MD, MPH, DTM&H
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics | UCSF Division of Hospital Medicine
Co-Founder, HEAL Initiative
Co-Director, Global Health-Hospital Medicine Fellowship
Co-Chair, UCSF Global Health Boot Camp CME Course
Director, Interdisciplinary MPH Program, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Twitter: @Globalmedcore Blog: globalhealthcore.org
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