This program spans three years and assists 24 mid-career physicians from African nations in visiting Stanford for six weeks. During their time at Stanford, they will acquire a targeted skill set identified by African scholars as essential for enhancing health outcomes at their academic institutions.
Subsequently, the physicians will return to their home countries to carry out a year-long clinical improvement project centered on the identified skill set. The inaugural program is spearheaded by the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health in collaboration with the Stanford Center for Medical Education and is supported by an independent educational grant from Pfizer.
Stanford University will host a total of 24 scholars in multiple cohorts throughout a 3-year program spanning from 2024 to 2027. Each fellowship is divided into two phases: the first at Stanford and the second in the scholars’ home country.
During the initial six weeks at Stanford, accepted scholars will serve as Visiting Instructors. The program will be customized to align with their interests and project topics. Scholars will gain insights from clinical settings at Stanford hospitals and clinics, participate in various learning activities, meet with experts, and take part in lectures and simulations where applicable.
Each scholar will be assigned a faculty mentor from Stanford, who will provide guidance and training. To promote reciprocal learning, scholars will have the chance to earn Continuing Medical Education credit, deliver guest lectures, and present to the Stanford community.
Their time at Stanford aims to enhance the quality of care at their home institutions, focusing on areas such as subspecialty knowledge, treatment and management of complex cases, and advanced medical technology. They will also observe different approaches to healthcare, health systems management, and medical education to augment the identified skillset required at their home institutions.
Following their training at Stanford, scholars will return to their academic institutions with a grant of up to $50,000 from Pfizer, directly provided to their institution, to execute their proposed projects over the subsequent 12-18 months. They will maintain virtual contact with their Stanford mentors as needed for ongoing support. The final meeting for all scholars, likely held in East Africa during Year 3, will provide a platform for presenting the impact achieved by their projects.
The program covers the following expenses and provisions:
- Visa expenses
- Living expenses during the Phase 1 period at Stanford
- Honorarium for Phase 1
- Roundtrip economy class airfare from a San Francisco regional airport and associated travel costs to Stanford for Phase 1, for the awardee only
- Up to $50,000 in grant funding from Pfizer provided directly to scholars’ academic institutions for the implementation of Phase 2 projects. However, these funds cannot be utilized to purchase capital equipment.*
- Examples of equipment include, but are not limited to: Computers, iPhones, tablets, appliances, machinery, camera equipment, sensors, and facilities construction.
This program is available to licensed African physicians with a faculty appointment who are currently employed at an African academic institution. It is open to physicians from all specialties and primary care who are seeking to enhance specific skills that can improve health outcomes at their institution. However, priority will be given to those from Sub-Saharan Africa who have an interest in the fields of antimicrobial resistance, oncology, vaccine uptake, or inflammatory diseases.
To be considered, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:
- Maintain good standing within their institutions and demonstrate a continuous commitment to enhancing health outcomes in their home countries.
- Be a citizen of an African country* currently residing, teaching, and practicing clinically in Africa.
- Hold a valid medical degree, such as MD, MBChB, or MMed, and be board-certified.
- Be a mid-career physician with a faculty appointment for a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 15 years.
- Possess a strong command of written and spoken English, as assessed by the selection committee.
How To Apply For Stanford African Scholars in Global Health Program 2024-202
- The application process for this program consists of two steps. The first step is the eligibility screening application, which became available on February 5, 2024, and the deadline for submission is February 25, 2024, at 11:59pm PT. Those who wish to join Cohorts 1 and 2 should submit their applications by the February 25th deadline to be considered for the program in the 2024-25 academic year.
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For more information please visit the official website of Stanford African Scholars in Global Health Program.
February 25, 2024.
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