Global Women’s Health Fellowship
The Global Women's Health Fellowship in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science is uniquely poised to tackle the complex issues that shape sexual and reproductive health of women across the globe. With faculty drawn from multiple subspecialties in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the program offers the necessary tools to nurture the future leaders within the global women's health community.
The Mount Sinai Health System boasts the largest network of hospitals in New York City, and the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science is one of the premiere residency and fellowship training centers in the country. Recognizing the need for training leaders who can drive the future of women's health, the program will train fellows to focus their services, build human capacity through sharing of knowledge, develop strong research skills and apply these skills and services to impact the lives of women around the world.
About the Fellowship
The goal of the Global Woman's Fellowship is to build on the training of physicians who have completed a 4-year residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology preparing them to become dedicated and innovative drivers of global women's health through service, education, and research. The program will allow our fellows to make significant contributions to the field, help to strengthen and develop health systems around the world, and play a significant role in reducing the health disparities that continue to plague women in developing countries.
The objective of the two-year fellowship is to train and educate fellows who will become leaders in Global Women’s Health by:
- Gaining knowledge and comprehension of global health concepts and issues pertaining particularly to women.
- Conducting field evaluation and analysis both qualitatively and quantitatively with emphasis on determining the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of current programs being conducted at the Division's dedicated global health sites.
- Applying skills to improve sexual and reproductive health of women, with a focus on reducing maternal morbidity and mortality by implementing family planning, treating issues surrounding female genital cutting, gender based violence and obstetric related fistulae, and introducing screening for HIV, STIs, breast and cervical cancer.
- Synthesizing all aspects of clinical and research training to produce a project of sufficient quality for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Fellowship Activities & Curriculum
The two year fellowship begins July 1st. Fellows are expected to complete the following over the two years:
- Master of Public Health Program: Upon acceptance into the Global Women’s Health Program, the fellow will receive simultaneous admission into Mount Sinai’s Public Health Program. At the completion of fellowship and after all requirements of the Public Health Program are met, the fellow will obtain a graduate degree in Public Health (MPH). Should the fellow fail to complete the fellowship, he/she will be required to reapply to the MPH program and reimburse the Department for tuitions paid to date.
- Journal Clubs: The fellow is required to participate in the weekly journal club course offered by the graduate school of public health.
- Cultural Competency and Communication Skills: Fellows are expected, through a series of lectures and readings, to develop and improve cultural competency and communication skills.
- Public health knowledge:
a. Women's Health and Human Rights: Acquire in depth knowledge about women's health and human rights and understand how health choices are impacted by rape, sexual and domestic violence, armed conflict, internal displacement, human trafficking, early marriage, genital mutilation and paternalistic laws and edicts. Fellows should be familiar with the following declarations that address health and women's rights: Declaration of Rights of the Women of the US 1876; UN Declaration of Human Rights 1978; Alma Ata Declaration 1978
b. Global Health Stakeholders: Fellows will become familiar with the major industries and organization that impact women's global health, such as the National Ministries of Health, UN agencies (UN Foundation, UNFPA, UNICEF), US Agencies (USAID, USGHI), Non Governmental Agencies (NGO), Funding Resources (Foundation Center, NIH, CDC, NGOs, Belinda and Bill Gates Foundation, Clinton Foundation, PEPFAR).
- Research Project: With protected time, all fellows will participate in the design and execution of their own clinical and/or research projects using both quantitative and/or qualitative analysis. After a topic is chosen, the fellow is expected to give progress updates and receive feedback from the program director. All grant writing, IRB approval, and program development will be completed by the fellow in consultation with the assigned faculty mentor.
a. Fellows are expected to have or develop a working knowledge of basic statistical and qualitative software (SPSS, Atlas ti) and geographic information systems (GIS).
b. Fellows will be expected to complete the IRB Human Subjects Research Training program offered on line through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative at the University of Miami (CITIProgram)
c. Global Health Resource Review: Fellows will be introduced to resources that can be accessed at Levy Library for up to date information as references or projects, such as the Human Poverty Index (HPI), The Multidevelopment Poverty Index [MPI], Global Burden of Disease, Globocan.
- Field Work: The fellow participates in research projects offered at one or more of the division's four international sites:
b. Dominican Republic
d. South Africa
Additional Global Field experience is available through one of two local organizations that GWHP has partnered with:
e. Basic Health International – Haiti, El Salvador
f. TheWomen.org – Liberia, South Africa
- Conference: Fellows are allowed to attend one Public Health Conference each year.
- Clinical Care: Fellows will be able to provide independent basic obstetric and gynecologic care for women in developing countries and, if Board Certified or Board eligible, can mentor ob-gyn residents' clinical and surgical projects when abroad. The fellow can mentor residents independently on all educational and non-clinical projects at any time.
Fellows divide their time between international research projects, domestic and international clinical care, and educational seminars and courses. Full tuition to the graduate school of public health is covered by a grant applied for by the fellow upon acceptance with assistance from the Research Coordinator. Four weeks of vacation are allowed per year.
Fellowship Requirements and Evaluation
Successful completion of the fellowship requires that the fellow perform the following:
- Provide night and weekend coverage on the Labor and Delivery unit at Mount Sinai Hospital throughout the academic year.
- Complete at least one research project that has been submitted or is ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal
- Present this research project at the end of year “Fellows Research Day”
- Write and apply for at least one privately or federally funded grant for a project in women's health
- Be able to independently oversee implementation of a women's global health project.
- Be prepared to assume a leadership role in the field of global women's health.
Evaluation of the Fellow: The fellow will receive a midyear and end of year evaluation by members of the faculty. The fellow will be evaluated on his/her ability to complete assigned projects, achieve learning objectives, and career plans.
Evaluation of Mentor: The fellow will complete an on-line survey evaluating their mentors in terms of their availability and ability to direct the project, and the overall learning experience.
Evaluation of the Program: The fellow will complete an on-line survey regarding the strength and weaknesses of the program, benefits or downside to their global health experience, availability of faculty, learning experience and suggestions for improvement.
Applicants must have completed a 4 year approved residency and be Board eligible or Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the start of the fellowship.
All application materials must be received by December 15th for the fellowship commencing July 1st.
The following will be required to complete the application process:
- A completed application form available on-line
- Curriculum Vitae updated to include all recent activities
- Personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation, one from the Program Residency Director or Chairman
- Official transcript of USMLE results
Process and Timeline
December: Applicants are due in December 15th prior to start of the fellowship
January: Interviews will be conducted in January prior to start of fellowship
March: Fellow will be notified of acceptance by March 15th prior to start of fellowship
May: Fellow will meet with the director to discuss research interests and specific needs. Appointment paper work initiated; final contracts signed
July 1st: Begin fellowship
Applications should be submitted on-line or by mail to:
Global Women's Health Program
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Services
Icahn School of Medicine
Mount Sinai Medical Center
1176 Fifth Avenue
9th Floor, Box 1170
New York, NY 10029
Global Women's Health
Molly Lieber, MSW, MPH