International Fellowship Program

The International Fellowship supports plastic surgeons native to and practicing in underserved communities who wish to acquire intensive hands-on surgical training not otherwise available to them. The training will benefit not only local patients but also strengthen the community’s healthcare system because the Fellowship Recipients will train others in their communities and build up local programs.

Travel and living expenses may be covered and a stipend may be provided.

International Fellowship applicants must be:

– plastic surgeons, craniofacial surgeons or surgeons in related fields from low income counties

– who seek a minimum of 6 months of hands-on surgical training at our international partner sites, such as those in Mexico City.

For information on eligibility for and financial support available through this Program, please email Executive Director Rita Albert at


ConnectMed’s First International Fellow

In 2016-2017, Dr. Wone Banda (from Malawi) participated in our first International Fellowship at the surgery departments at University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Hospital Gea Gonzalez and other partner clinics in Mexico City. She scrubbed in and/or observed over 50 complex surgical cases, learning from some of the very best in various fields of reconstructive surgery, and participated in clinics and academic lectures.