Botswana Fellowship Program


CelesteThe Beth Israel Deaconess Global Health Fellowship in Medicine was launched in 2015 to enable clinicians to become leaders in addressing global health disparities by developing and strengthening skills as effective, humble practitioners and innovators in resource-challenged settings. The fellowship centers on core responsibilities in clinical stewardship, medical education and quality improvement provided in the context of a robust, long-term partnership with Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Botswana.

Fellowship Program Structure

  • Six consecutive months as clinician-educators in Botswana at Scottish Livingston Hospital (SLH)
    • Ward/teaching attending responsibilities, overseeing rotating US medical residents (>30/year) and Botswana medical interns and students
    • Unique opportunity to gain clinical experience in managing a wide range of medical conditions including infectious and non-communicable diseases in both inpatient and outpatient settings 
    • Fellows will focus on local capacity building through provision of:
      • Outstanding clinical stewardship and mentorship
      • Dedicated medical education
      • Collaborative quality/process improvement projects, with expectation of scholarly work
      • Local systems strengthening in clinical service delivery
      • Medicine consult service at SLH
      • Administrative support to Country Program Director
  • Six months as hospitalist in the Boston area BIDMC Hospital Medicine group
    • Inpatient ward attending opportunities at a nationally renowned internal medicine residency program
  • Regular clinical case conferences throughout the year
  • Funding towards educational Global Health course, training and/or conference 
  • Round-trip airfare to Botswana; provision of in-country work-related transport  
  • Annual salary of $80,000

We are seeking compassionate, energetic, humble candidates who are comfortable working in a demanding resource-challenged environment. Candidates must be equally comfortable assuming responsibilities as an attending-level physician in a top US hospital medicine group. We seek motivated learners and team players enthusiastic about addressing global health disparities.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send the following to rcolman@bidmc.harvard.edu:

  • Updated CV
  • Personal statement outlining how this fellowship opportunity aligns with your overall career goals
  • 2 letters of recommendation

Applications are rolling starting June 2018 and will close at the end of November 2018.