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.
Our 2020 International Fellowship was virtual and, while obviously not the same as an in-person experience, CMI is pleased with the degree and depth of online training, research support, mentorship and educational exchange. In 2021, we will be offering up to TWO virtual International Fellowships, provided that candidates’ interests match the resources our network can provide virtually.
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 email@example.com by February 15th.
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 15th.
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.
Meet Dr. Bereket Atnafu
ConnectMed’s 2020 International Fellow is Dr. Bereket Atnafu from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr. Atnafu is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at St. Paul Millennium College Hospital, where he works with many patients with hand injuries from traumas and industrial accidents. Through the Fellowship, he will acquire more training and engage in research in the area of hand reconstruction – specifically in replantation techniques as surgical alternatives to amputation.
Dr. Atnafu receives mentorship and access to online educational materials from Baylor College of Medicine Division of Plastic Surgery, UC San Diego Medical School Division of Plastic Surgery, and from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as a Global Learner in SHARE (Surgeons in Humanitarian Alliance for Reconstructive Research and Education), a program from The Plastic Surgery Foundation.