International Fellowship Program

The ConnectMed International Fellowship is a research project-based fellowship with opportunities for hands-on clinical training open to surgeons native to and practicing in resource-limited communities.  CMI Fellows will have opportunities in the U.S. and Mexico City based on their stated interests.  The goal is for CMI Fellows to share what they learn and to share their educational resources with colleagues in their home countries.


All applicants must

  • Be plastic surgeons or surgeons in related fields from resource-limited countries.

  • Propose and conduct research related to capacity-building research in their home communities.

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.


  • Submit a Letter of Intent to Rita Albert at by January 22nd.

  • If the Fellowship Committee decides your submission merits further consideration, you will receive the International Fellowship Application by email.

  • Applications must be completed by March 1st.

  • Decisions are made by April 1st.

Fellowship would commence on or after July 1st, and may last from 2-6 months, depending on the schedules of the Fellow and the training sites.

Previous International Fellows:

Dr. Wone Banda, from Lilongwe, Malawi.  Dr. Banda is the first natively trained plastic surgeon from Malawi, and currently works at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe where most of her work focuses on burn care.  She is 1 of 4 plastic surgeons in the country, trying to meet the surgical needs of a population close to 18,000,000. She has partnered with ConnectMed since 2014, when we worked with her during a surgical outreach trip, and she advises on effective strategies for global surgical collaboration.

Dr. Le Hong Phuc, from Hue, Vietnam.  Dr. Phuc is a surgeon at our partner site, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy.  He and his colleagues launched Hue University’s Division of Plastic Surgery following his CMI Fellowship to train others and expand research opportunities.

Dr. Mohammad “Ryan” Ramadan, from Jakarta, Indonesia.  Dr. Ramadan is a reconstructive microsurgeon at the Division of Plastic Surgery at Ciptomangunkusumo Hospital, Faculty of Medicine Unversitas Indonesia.  In addition to honing his microsurgical skills during his Fellowship, he started conducting research on the efficacy of low-tech models for microsurgical training.