Our Current and Past Fellows

Our Current Fellows (2020-21)

Vijai BholaVijai Bhola

Vijai is from Trinidad and Tobago, and completed medical school at the University of the West Indies. He completed internship and residency at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. After graduating, he worked as a Hospitalist in Richmond Virginia, during which time he studied Tropical Medicine in Thailand and London, and did Chagas disease research in Bolivia. He served as a disaster relief worker volunteer in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. He pursued fellowship training in Infectious Disease at the University of Massachusetts, during which time he engaged in research on congenital CMV in Kenya and was awarded the 2020 Massachusetts ID Society Maxwell Finland Award for Excellence in Research.

Katie FergusonKatie Ferguson

Katie received her B.A. in Biology and International Health at Dartmouth College. While there, she worked on research and public health efforts around tuberculosis in Tanzania and India. She was Fulbright Scholar in Heidelberg, Germany, teaching high school english and directing their choir. Prior to medical school she was on the administrative staff for Boston's Public Health Department, and a part-time rowing coach a community rowing club. She completed medical school training at Dartmouth and engaged in pain management research in Rwanda before moving west for internship and residency training at Oregon Health and Sciences University. During residency she held her primary care clinic at a Portland FQHC and sought clinical experiences through the Alaska Native Medical Center as well as Scottish Livingstone teaching hospital in Botswana. Katie has a particular interest in Palliative Care, particularly in the ways in which pain, symptoms, and end of life care are handled cross-culturally. She hopes to pursue research in this area, focusing on low and middle income countries, with the ultimate goal to improve palliative care delivery to these communities.

Stephen MeinStephen Mein

Stephen grew up in Virginia, where he completed his undergraduate studies and medical school at the University of Virginia. He has had a passion for underserved populations and studying the role of social determinants of health in health disparities. In medical school, he co-founded both a student run free clinic and a health educational program for previously incarcerated men. He also assisted with the design of a patient navigator program for super-utilizer patients that was later incorporated into the curriculum for all medical students at the University of Virginia. In residency, Stephen studied the effects of pollution on childhood lung function and worked on multiple manuscripts highlighting health disparities occurring during the coronavirus 19 pandemic. He has also been passionate about underserved populations abroad. He participated in global health rotations in Tanzania and Botswana during medical school and residency, respectively. Stephen has particular interests around the intersection of pulmonary medicine and health disparities as well as critical care delivery in resource-limited settings.

Past Fellows