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Contra Costa/UCSF
 Global Health Fellowship

In Affiliation with UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine


To equip family physicians with the tools to become leaders in global health by partnering overseas with local institutions to provide high quality, sustainable, ethical, culturally relevant care for the most vulnerable populations.


The Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency program has a strong reputation for attracting physicians dedicated to working with the underserved both nationally and overseas. In 2011, residents of the global health track requested further training beyond residency to strengthen global health skills with focused support and mentorship. Through this initiative, our Global Health Fellowship was born, spearheaded by Dr. Neil Jayasekera.

Malawian family medicine residents and clinicians after completion of the first point of care ultrasound course in Mangochi, Malawi.

An initial collaboration was created with Massachusetts General Hospital's, Division of Global Health and Human Rights to support medical education in East Africa in 2011. The first project with MGH focused on rebuilding medical education in South Sudan after the long war in Sudan ended. The second project partnered with Maseno University Medical School in Western Kenya to develop a new Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine Residency. Fellows also pursued projects outside the collaboration with Massachusetts General, including providing medical care to Tibetan refugees in Dharmsala, India and training frontline health workers in rural mountain villages in Chiapas, Mexico.

The Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency became a UCSF affiliate in 2013 and the Contra Costa Global Health Fellowship began collaborating with UCSF in 2015.

Current Project

Ultrasound training by former fellow, Dr. Jason Reinking.

To collaborate with the Ministry of Health and Partners in Health with the goal of providing comprehensive care in Neno District, Malawi. The primary focus of fellows is to provide mentorship and teaching for Malawian medical students during their family medicine clerkship both in the hospital and clinic setting. Each fellow will also work on systems based issues and quality improvement projects based upon the identified needs of the community in collaboration with Partners in Health.

Other project sites that exemplify the ethical principles of global health such as building capacity, sustainability, and reciprocity, with a focus on supporting family medicine education will also be considered.

Application and Contact Information

Deadline for application is October 15th. Acceptance date for successful candidates is December 15h. Fellowship dates are July 1st - June 30th. CV, personal statement and two letters of recommendation are required. Direct questions to Fellowship co-directors or

Essential Features of the Contra Costa/UCSF Fellowship

Advanced Clinical Training 6 months of Hospitalist, Obstetrics (with experience), and/or Emergency Medicine with opportunities for teaching family medicine residents Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.
Global Health Fieldwork 6 months of fieldwork at a vetted site with a focus of building capacity, sustainability, medical education and the development of Family Medicine and Primary Care.
Tropical Medicine Training Through the West Virginia University Global Health Program. Graduates of the course are eligible to sit for the ASTMH CTropMed® exam.
Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Training Comprehensive basic bedside ultrasound training program for global health fellows.
Faculty Development Through the UCSF Faculty Development Program with an emphasis of teaching leadership, teaching and communication skills.
Global Health Track Program Development Facilitate and lead the Global Health Track at CCRMC that accepts 6 Family Medicine residents per year.
Scholarly Work Through the UCSF Global Health Sciences, Clinical Scholars Program.
Educational Activities Access to online, Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC) module based program through UCSF Global Health Sciences and/or Global Health Boot Camp through UCSF HEAL Initiative.
Mentorship By program directors or choose a mentor from 10 other Contra Costa faculty with extensive Global Health experience.
Salary/Benefits As a per diem employee, the fellow essentially receives attending wages during their time at Contra Costa. Stipends are available for international flights, health care/evacuation insurance and course fees at UCSF. Full malpractice and liability insurance at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center offered.
Qualifications Board eligible Family Medicine physician or graduating senior Family Medicine resident. Previous global health experience, excellent communication skills, humility and flexibility are desired characteristics.


See also:
- Ultrasound Program
- Global Health Track
- Current Fellows
- Past Fellows
- Directors