Medical Missionaries


Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Medical Missionaries Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Global Health offers two recent college graduates planning on entering medical school the opportunity to gain experience in health care delivery in a developing country.  Fellows spend one year in Thomassique, Haiti, working at St. Joseph Clinic, where they act as a liason between Medical Missionaries and the clinic's all-Haitian staff.  The fellowship begins in the Summer of 2009 and ends in the Summer of 2010. 

During their year in Haiti, fellows are expected to fulfill a variety of administrative functions, including ordering medicines and supplies, helping organize the clinic, facilitating logistics for visiting American physicians, surgeons, dentists, nurse practitioners, and nurses, managing the clinic's finances, and overseeing Medical Missionaries' school funding project.  In addition to these requirements, fellows have the opportunity to shadow the clinic's physicians, midwife, and nurses; perform basic first aid; work in the laboratory and pharmacy; assist American surgeons during their visits; and design and implement community public health projects.  All necessary training will be provided. 

Fellows live with the clinic staff in a house adjacent to the clinic.  All living expenses are covered by Medical Missionaries, including a cook, a bedroom, a shared computer, wireless satellite Internet access, a washing machine, and potable water.  Medical Missionaries pays for all transportation costs for the fellows, including two to three return trips to the USA for periods of two to three weeks.  Fellows should be prepared to live in a rural, underdeveloped setting.  They also should expect to be the only foreigners in the village for most of the year. 

Eligibility & Selection Process

The Medical Missionaries Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Global Health is directed towards college graduates (as of June 2009) who plan on attending medical school and pursuing a career involving global health.  We are looking for applicants with excellent academic and extracurricular records who demonstrate maturity of thought, a well-developed sense of ethics, strong social and organizational skills, and a commitment to reducing health disparities world-wide.  We are especially interested in those applicants who have exhibited a high degree of leadership, self-direction, responsibility, and willingness to take on jobs which are at times less than glamorous.  

Fellows will be expected to arrive in Thomassique, Haiti in June 2009 to begin their training and transition process.  The fellowship ends in June or July of 2010.  Fellows have the option to travel to Thomassique during their Spring Break to become acquainted with the clinic and community if you are selected.

The selection process for the 2009-2010 fellowship year will be supervised by Dr. Gilbert Irwin (President of Medical Missionaries) and Dr. Kenneth Kornetsky (Vice-President of Medical Missionaries).  This year's current fellows, Nick Cuneo and Rita Baumgartner, will direct the process.  All applicants will be considered on merit and without regard to race, color, religion, or gender.

Instructions & Timelines

All applicants are expected to adhere to the deadlines outlined below.  All application materials must be sent electronically to  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application materials are received at this email address by the appropriate deadline.  Applications that are incomplete will not be considered.  Recommendations from up to three non-peer sources will be required for the secondary application.  Applicants will also be asked to submit official transcripts and verify their MCAT scores later in the process.  Please keep this information in mind as you prepare your application. 

Preliminary Application Due:  September 29, 2008

Notification of Secondary Recipients:  October 13, 2008

Secondary Application and Recommendations Due:  November 10, 2008

Notification of Interview Recipients:  November 24, 2008

Interviews:  November 24 - December 8, 2008

Final Notification of Fellowship Recipients and Alternates:  Mid-to-late December, 2008

Application & Fellowship Description

Download the 2009-2010 Application here.

Download the 2009-2010 Fellowship Description here.  

Meet Nick Cuneo & Rita Baumgartner

2008-2009 Medical Missionaries Post-Baccalaureate Fellows in Global Health


In June 2008, Nick Cuneo and Rita Baumgartner started working as this year's Medical Missionaries Post-Baccalaureate Fellows.  They both graduated in May 2008 from Duke University;  Nick with degrees in Biology and Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, and Rita with a degree in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy.  Nick is originally from Weston, MA and will be traveling to South Africa following his fellowship year on a Fulbright Scholarship.  Rita is from Boulder, CO and will be attending medical school at UCLA in August 2009.  They are both passionate about global health and are looking forward to gaining first-hand experience working in a low-resource medical setting.  Medical Missionaries graciously thanks you for your time and talents you are sharing with those in great need!

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