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The Massachusetts General Hospital Fellowship Program in Rural Health Leadership provides world class training to early-career physicians who seek to partner with rural communities to improve health.
The fellowship is part of an effort by Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Medicine and Division of General Internal Medicine to partner with rural communities to meet their goals for health care and health systems improvement.
The Fellowship Program in Rural Health Leadership involves:
*If fellows already have an MPH or equivalent degree, funding will instead be offered for research or other coursework
Through service, dedication and excellence, the program will:
Program Director: Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, Physician-in-Chief, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General HospitalJackson Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Program Director: Matthew Tobey, MD, MPH, Division of General Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Primary Rural Clinical Site: 12-18 weeks per year in two-week blocks
Secondary Academic Clinical Site: One half-day per week when not at the rural site
The remainder of time will be divided between MPH coursework, the once-weekly curriculum, and flexible time for projects, education, or research depending on fellow interests.
Extensive opportunities for research, project implementation, education, further rural experience, and other opportunities are available depending on fellow career goals.
The program is sincerely grateful to all of its partners, who include:
The fellowship is based in the Mass General Division of General Internal Medicine within the Department of Medicine.
The Rural Health Leadership Fellowship is deeply grateful to our primary partner, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, whose values and goals guided the development of this fellowship program.
Todd County, the site of the Indian Health Service’s Rosebud Service Unit, is one of the counties with the lowest median income in the United States with unemployment hovering between 80 and 90%. Age-adjusted mortality rates are among the worst in the nation. Todd County's remote location compounds its challenges.
Fellows will serve clinically in Rosebud for approximately three months a year split into two-week rotations, sharing a primary care panel with a close-knit team of co-fellows and faculty. While in South Dakota, fellows will work primarily in primary care, performing eight to nine half-days a week. A small share of inpatient coverage, with an average census of zero to two patients, is typical. Program and Indian Health Service facility faculty are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for clinical support.
The clinical partnership in Rosebud offers fertile ground for participation in and development of community-centered programs. A sampling of active efforts include:
Join us, or support us, as we help communities transform their health.
The Rural Health Leadership Fellowship is excited to announce that we will recruit at least one fellow for the fellowship cycle beginning July 1, 2018.
The application cycle will open on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The application cycle will end on Monday, October 2, 2017.
Given the small size of the program, applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out and apply early. One core position is available per year. The program may be able to open up additional positions, but only to early applicants. Formal application materials include:
Please arrange for all application materials including letters of recommendation to be e-mailed to the Rural Health Leadership Fellowship.
If you are interested in the program, please reach out at your earliest convenience to Associate Fellowship Director, Matthew Tobey, MD, MPH. Early contact allows for development of mentorship and projects in the year leading up to your fellowship, and the program offers a trip to the clinical site for all interested incoming fellows.
The fellowship lasts two years, from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020.
Rural Health Leadership Fellowship
Please direct questions and comments to the Associate Program Director, Matthew Tobey, MD, MPH. Please see the How To Apply tab for information about applying to the program.
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