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Pediatrics Global Health Fellowship

Globe with 2 hands holding it


 The goal of this fellowship program is to train a cadre of academic pediatricians who have the skills and experience necessary to embark on a career in the field of Pediatric Global Health.  This will be accomplished through providing:

  • Hands on international clinical experience 6 months per year, to develop skills in global health service delivery, tropical medicine, and to broaden understanding of public health issues
  • A comprehensive, multi-disciplinary global health curriculum, and an option to pursue a Masters Degree in Public Health.
  • Rigorous research training to supply the tools necessary to perform research in global settings, where the global burden of disease is greatest
  • Teaching and mentoring experiences, both in the US and abroad,  to prepare fellows to become leaders in the field of global child  health

Through working in partnership with faculty at our established international sites our fellows will develop the skills in global health research and service delivery necessary to launch a successful career and make a meaningful impact in the field of global child health.

Structure of the Fellowship:

During the first year of fellowship training, fellows will spend approximately 6 months at their international site, gaining clinical knowledge and training, and designing a research project.  During their second 6 months they will be at UMass Medical School (UMMS), performing clinical service while pursuing MPH coursework and research training through the UMMS Graduate school of Biomedical Sciences. A global health curriculum, shared with Emergency Medicine and Family Practice Global Health fellows runs throughout the year.

During the second year of training, fellows will spend an additional 6 months abroad, implementing their research project, with assistance from faculty mentors at home and supervising faculty abroad.

International sites:

Global Health fellows will rotate at one of our well established international sites. Fellows will be oriented on site by Global Health Faculty.

Liberia: JFK Medical Center, Monrovia

JFK Medical Center is the National Referral Hospital in Liberia. It is the teaching hospital of the national medical school. In this setting, fellows will provide direct service, while teaching and training Liberian house officers and medical students. Many US faculty from the ACSMEL consortium (UMass, Boston Children’s hospital and others)  send faculty and residents to this site for global health training.  Faculty and residents have initiated many collaborative research and clinical projects including starting a Pediatric Chronic Illness clinic, Malaria research and sickle cell anemia research projects.


Haiti: St Damien’s Hospital, Tabarre

St Damien’s Hospital is the largest children’s hospital in the Port Au Prince area. It has approximately 120 pediatric beds, and in addition to a pediatric ward, NICU, PICU and ER, the hospital and has a malnutrition unit, an oncology ward. The hospital has just initiated a pediatric residency program to train Haitian Pediatricians. St Damien’s is a site used by the SCHIP academic collaborative. Many faculty and residents from Brown, Akron Children’s hospital, and other residency programs rotate residents at this site to provide care to Haitian children while implementing projects in partnership with the faculty at St Damien’s.

Group photo in front of clinic in Haiti

India:  CAM

SATHI is a collaborative effort by the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and Charutar Arogya Mandal (CAM), a charitable organization that operates a tertiary care center and medical school in Gujarat rural western India. Ongoing collaboratieve resarch projects include 

1.) Understanding Predictors of Maternal and Child Health – a study which involves faculty from both US and CAM who are experts in obstetrics and pediatrics and involves following pregnant mothers and newborns through 6 months of age.

2) Improving Trauma Outcomes – Gujarat, India Community-Participatory Intervention to promote maternal health, feeding attitude and adherence to IYCF recommendations in tribal regions of Gujarat, India

3)Premenstrual Syndrome and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder among adolescent women in rural and tribal regions of Gujarat, India and

4.)Increasing coverage of hospital based Kangaroo Mother Care in rural Gujarat, India. Global health fellows are welcome to be involved in all of these projects.

Ecuador:  Hospital Claudio Bernard

UMass Medical School has a strong relationship with the Hospital Claudio Benati in Zumbahua, Ecuador.  This hospital is situated in a breathtaking, mountainous region in Ecuador. UMass global health fellows, residents and students have rotated at this site in the past. Trainees participate  in providing clinical care at the hospital, and can also participate in rural, community based programs, including a rural malnutrition project.

Kenya:  AMPATH Consortium

UMass Medical School is one of the instiutional partners of the AMPATH consortium This very successful academic partnership between Indiana University and several US Academic Medical Centers and Moi University Medical School in Kenya has been in existence for over 20 years. US faculty, fellows and residents can participate in research and cliical training at AMPATH’s training site,  Moi University Teaching Hospital, and many community sites. Several other UMass faculty and researchers currently have ongoing collaborative projects at this site, including projects investigating the relationship between Malaria and Burkitt’s Lymphoma.

US Based Global Health Training

Fellows will spend 6 months per year at UMass Medical Center, working clinically while receiving research training and learning a global health curriculum. Fellows will work approximately 20-25 hours per week providing pediatric urgent care services, and will spend the remainder of their time pursuing research training through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences MSCI program.  All fellows will attend a summer research bootcamp, consisting of courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, grantwriting and scientific writing. They then have the option to continue coursework and complete the MSCI degree over the 2 years of their fellowship.  

Fellows will also learn a global health curriculum with monthly seminars on relevant global health topics. At least once per year, they will also present their research results to global health faculty.

Fellows will choose a research mentor and will be closely supervised by faculty both in at UMass and at their international site. At the completion of their 2 years of fellowship, fellows will be expected to complete and present the results of a scholarly project.

fellow holding a baby  

Research/Academic Component

  • MSCI Bootcamp: Summer research bootcamp consisting of courses in Epidemiology, biostatistics, grantwriting, & scientific writing, 
  • MPH degree program – fellows have the option to pursue the coursework to complete the MPH degree. UMass MPH offers several online courses which fit well with fellows travel schedules.
  • Fellowship seminar- weekly global health lectures and workshops; This curriculum is shared with Emergency Medicine and Family Practice Global Health fellows
  • Scholarly Research Project – implementation of a scholarly project and write up of project. Fellows will present results at National or International meetings.

Teaching Component

Global Health fellows will have ample opportunity to become involved in teaching UMass medical students and residents in the field of global health. UMass Medical School is well known for its Global Health Pathways program, and fellows will be encouraged to teach and mentor medical students in this track. They will also teach and mentor pediatric residents in the residency global health track, both while in the US and while at international sites


Fellowship Year 1: July - December



Fellow 1:  US Based

Fellow 2: Abroad


  • Pediatric Urgent care clinic 
  • Emergency Dept Urgent care
  • Hospitalist Coverage

International Rotation #1 x 5-6 months

  • Liberia
  • Haiti
  •  India
  • Ecuador
  • Kenya



MSCI Bootcamp

MPH Courses  Fall 2014

Fellowship Seminars

Project Development with Mentor

MSCI Bootcamp (July/August)

Online Coursework

Digital Portfolio

Project Development at Site


UMMS Pediatric GH Track

UMMS Global Health Pathways

Mentor US Pediatric and Med/Peds Residents at Site

Teaching at international site


Fellowship Year 1: January – June



Fellow 2:  US Based

Fellow 1: Abroad



  • Pediatric Urgent care clinic 
  • Emergency Dept Urgent care
  • Hospitalist Coverage      

International Rotation #1 x 5-6  months

  • Liberia
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Ecuador
  • Kenya



MPH  Spring 2015

Fellowship Seminars

Project Development with Mentor

Online Coursework

Digital Portfolio

Project Development at Site


UMMS Pediatric GH Track

UMMS Global Health Pathways

Mentor US Pediatric and Med/Peds Residents at Site

Teaching at international site


* Second year schedule is similar to first year schedule in terms of time spent in US and Abroad

Current Pediatric Global Health Fellows:

Sara Beste, MD

Sara Beste received her undergraduate education at Boston College, her MD from Creighton University, and completed her Pediatrics residency in NYC at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. During medical school, she had spent a summer working in a rural village in the Dominican Republic. After graduating residency, she moved to Malawi with her husband, where they both worked for Partners in Health in a rural mountain village for one year.  In Malawi, Sara was the only pediatrician in their district, which included 2 hospitals and 12 health centers. She treated severe malnutrition, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV, and other common childhood diseases.  They returned to the US in 2013, and Sara worked for Seattle Children’s Hospital in the Urgent Care department. During that year, she learned about the Pediatric Global Health fellowship at UMass, and thought it would be an amazing opportunity, considering that she and her husband want to continue careers in Global Health. Somehow, she has survived a long distance marriage (from Seattle to Boston) thus far!

Sara was able to spend 3 months at the World Health Organization in Geneva, working in the HIV department.  She was also able to lead a trip with 3 residents to Haiti for a month where they participated in mobile clinics and supported health care at an orphanage. In July she will depart for Mozambique, where she will be working in Beira with Health Alliance International on Pediatric HIV implementation. She is still uncertain exactly what path in Global Health she will take, but she particularly enjoys medical education and patient care.

Sara Beste, MD standing in front of World Health Organization

Michael Taylor, MD

Dr. Michael Taylor is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and Pediatric Residency where he participated in the Global Health Track. He is a recipient of the Certificate in Tropical Medicine from the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. His current work as a fellow in the Pediatric Global Health Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts involves nutrition interventions and evaluation in the remote, mountainous community of Zumbahua, Ecuador.

Pediatric Global Health Fellowship Faculty:


US Based Faculty

Patricia McQuilkin, MD, Fellowship Director

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Residency Director
Global Health Program Director
Department of Pediatrics

Dr McQuilkin is a Clinical Associate professor and an associate residency director in the department of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr McQuilkin directs the pediatric Global health fellowship program and directs the department of pediatrics global health track and has been responsible for implementing a curriculum and supervising resident global health electives.  Over the past 4 years she has placed over 30 residents in international sites in Liberia, Haiti and Ecuador, and has supervised the publication of resident abstracts and manuscripts. She has also been involved in running several large global health medical education projects in Liberia, Indonesia and Haiti. Her current work has been in based in Liberia and has focused on helping to reopen government hospitals durng the Ebola epidemic. Her current research focus involves establishing a malaria research program at JFK National Referral Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.


Mark Bisanzo, MD

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director of International Emergency Medicine

Dr Biszanso is the director of International Emergency Medicine at UMass Medical School, and oversees all global health projects in this division. His major academic interest is in utilizing task shifting in global health settings to enhance training of midlevel providers, and he has established sites in Uganda where his research is carried out .  Dr Bisanzo is a core member of the fellowship seminar series, and will co- teach the global health seminar.


Ben Terry, MD

Emergency Medicine Global Health Fellowship Director 

Dr Terry is an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and directs the Emergency Medicine Global Health Fellowship. His global health work is also based in Uganda. He will co-teach the Global Health Seminar.


Olga Valdman, MD

Assistant Professor of Family Practice
Family Practice Global Health Fellowship Director

Dr Valdman will direct the newly established Family Practice Global Health Fellowship Program. Dr Valdman also runs the global health track in the Family Practice Residency program at UMass. Dr Valdman’s major area of interest is medical education in global health settings, and her current work is being carried out in Nicaragua. Dr Valdman will co-teach the Global Health Seminar.


Alan Picarillo, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Interim Chair, Division of Neonatology
Pediatric Global Health Faculty

Dr Picarillo is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and is the Interim Director of the NICU at UMassMemorial Healthcare. Dr Picarillo has an extensive background in global health and has spent time teaching and performing research in several developing countries, including Liberia, Haiti and Indonesia. Dr Picarillo will be the lead on the EMAS partnership with Save the Children in Indonesia. Dr Picarillo is on the AAP national task force for Helping Babies Breath, a neonatal resuscitation program developed for use in developing countries. Dr Picarillo will teach part of the fellowship curriculum and will be available to supervise fellowship projects focused on newborn survival in developing countries.


Katherine Luzuriaga, MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Medicine
Provost for Global Health and Clinical and Translational Research
Director, Clinical Translational Science Award

Dr Luzuriaga is the Provost for Global Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She also directs the clinical translation science research award at UMMS. Dr Luzuriaga’s particular research interest is in the field of perinatal transmission of HIV infection. She has worked in several international settings including Liberia and South Africa. Dr. Luzuriaga has held several leadership positions within the National Institutes of Health-sponsored Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group and is a member of the Ghent Group on HIV in Women and Children.  She has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization on the Guidelines for the Diagnosis of HIV Infection in Children, as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Perinatal Transmission of HIV, and as a member of the NIH Office of AIDS Research Etiology and Pathogenesis Planning Committee.


Rick Moriarty, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease
Pediatric Global Health Faculty

Dr Moriarty is a Professor of Pediatrics at UMMS and is board certified in pediatric infectious disease. Dr Moriarty has travelled extensively and has supervised residents in Liberia at JFKMC in the past. He is also planning to travel to Indonesia as part of the EMAS partnership.  Dr Moriarty will teach part of the fellowship curriculum, and will be available to supervise projects involving tropical medicine topics.


Ann Moormann, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and QHS
Director of Global Health Pathways Program
UMass Medical School

Dr Moorman is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology with a joint appointment in the departments of Pediatrics and Quantitative health sciences. She has an extensive background in malaria research in Kenya, and has mentored several graduate students and medical students in the in research projects international settings. She will be available to teach part of the curriculum and supervise projects research projects undertaken by the global health fellows.


Jeff Bailey, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Bioinformatics
UMass Medical School 

Dr Bailey is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and integrative bioinformatics and has a particular research interest in malaria genetics. He is currently involved in research projects in Kenya, Tanzania and Liberia and will serve as a research mentor to global health fellows at UMass.


Robert Goldberg, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology
Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
Director, MSCI Program 

Dr Goldberg is a cardiovascular epidemiologist who has a distinguished career in research and teaching epidemiology. He is the director of the MSCI program in the Graduate School of Biological Sciences at UMMS. He will mentor fellows who are interested in pursuing the MSCI degree.


International Faculty:

Roseda Marshall, MD:

Chairman Dept. of Pediatrics
University of Liberia Dogliotti School of Medicine
Chief of Pediatrics
JFK Medical Center, Monrovia, Liberia 

Dr Marshall is the Chief of Pediatrics at JFK Medical Center in Monrovia. She received her medical training in Ghana, and did her postgraduate training at Johns Hopkins University. She spent several years practicing medicine in Baltimore, Maryland before returning to Liberia to become the Chief of Pediatrics


Sia Caminor, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Liberia Dogliotti School of Medicine
Staff Physician, JFK Medical Center 

Dr Camonor is  Liberian pediatrician who received her pediatric training in South Africa and has not returned to  her native country of Liberia to teach and train future Liberian pediatricians.


Jacqueline Gauthier, MD

Medical Director
Director of Pediatric HIV Program
St Damien’s Hospital
Tabarre, Haiti

Dr Gauthier is the Physician in Chief at St Damien’s Hospital, the largest children’s hospital in Port Au Prince. Dr Gauthier is the pediatric residency director at St Damien’s and also has a teaching appointment at Notre Dame college of medicine


Dr Someshaker


Dr Someshakar is a Neonatologist who is based at CAM. He is very actively engaged in neonatology research along with trainees and collaborators at UMass. Research topic of interest include kangaroo mother care and neonatal resuscitation.


To Apply:

Candidates interested in applying for this fellowship should submit a letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae and 3 letters of support to the address or email listed below.  Deadline for application is October 1, 2015. Interviews will be offered during the months of September and October 2015.  Fellowship slots will be offered starting in mid October, 2015.



 For more information and to apply, please visit our website at


Patricia McQuilkin, MD
Global Health Program Director
Dept. of Pediatrics
UMass Medical School
55 Lake Ave North
Worcester, MA  01605
Monick Powell
Global Health Fellowship and
Pediatric Residency Coordinator
Dept. of Pediatrics
UMass Medical School
508 856 3590