International Fellowship Program

ConnectMed’s International Fellowship supports plastic surgeons native to and practicing in resource-limited communities who wish to acquire intensive hands-on surgical training not otherwise available to them. The intent of the training is to benefit not only patients but also strengthen local healthcare systems because the Fellows will train others in their communities and build up local programs.  The time period and duration of the Fellowship is flexible and depends on the schedules of the Fellow and the training sites, as well as the Fellow’s particular training objectives.

Applicants must be plastic surgeons, craniofacial surgeons, or surgeons in related fields from developing countries.

Participation in ConnectMed’s International Fellowship also requires research about capacity-building in your home country.

Please provide a Letter of Intent, not to exceed one page, that:

– describes the reasons you wish to become a CMI International Fellow, the patient population you primarily serve, and how the experience will impact your professional development and patients;

– briefly summarizes your proposed research project and describes the impact the research and fellowship would have on the delivery of surgical care in your home community. You may find it helpful to consult your country’s WHO National Surgical, Obstetric and Anesthesia Plan for inspiration on your country’s goals for growing capacity in reconstructive surgery.

Please email the Letter of Intent to Executive Director Rita Albert at ralbert@connectmed.org by March 15th. If the Fellowship Committee decides your submission merits further consideration, you will receive the International Fellowship Application by e-mail. The deadline for Application submission is May 1st, and the Fellowship would commence on or after July 1st.

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.