Announcing -- New UCSF Global Health Fellowship

By Phuoc Le | 28 Aug, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

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: 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
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Asfawesen Gebreyohannes Woldegiorgis Replied at 1:22 AM, 29 Aug 2014

Dear Prof

Please accept my highest sprit of appreciations for the inovative educational approach which would help clinicians to be knowledggable to and be part of solution to the global public health challenges. I am certain that this initiative is open to clinicians practicining in both developing and developed world which otherwise would not contribute HEAL the global health challenges with EQUITY.

Anna E. Schmaus Replied at 1:52 AM, 29 Aug 2014

Dear Phouc,

is there a possibility to apply for me to become a fellow? I am not from the US.

Kind regars

Gueilledana PAUL Replied at 10:25 PM, 29 Aug 2014

Dear Phuoc,

I am Gueilledana Paul, third year family practice resident at Saint-Marc (Haiti), pasionate to global health. Thank you for this great opportunity that help to improve the health around the world and give it with equity. I would like to know how to apply to global health after residency.

Best regards

Gueilledana Paul

Phuoc Le Replied at 1:08 AM, 30 Aug 2014

Dear all, thank you for your comments. The HEAL Initiative will take fellows who practice in resource poor settings. However, fellows from outside the US will not be able to practice medicine in the US (this is because of licensing) during the fellowship, but rather they will get the same curriculum which includes an intensive month-long course and the online MPH. I hope this helps.

Melissa Wu Replied at 2:10 PM, 2 Sep 2014

Dr. Le,

Thanks for this update on this fellowship. It would be greatly appreciated
if this information regarding non-US fellows were reflected on the website
as well; currently the application guidelines on the HEAL website specifies
US citizens/permanent residents only.