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Global Health Media Fellowship

Now Accepting Applications for the 2022-23 Global Health Media Fellow

The need for trusted sources of medical information has never been greater. In order to overcome medical misinformation, the world needs more physicians who are also versed in journalism and communication.

Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health is proud to announce that this year’s application for the Stanford Global Health Media Fellowship is now open. Each year, one fellow is chosen from a pool of students enrolled in U.S. medical institutions committed to a career in global health (candidates do not have to be from Stanford). This opportunity provides medical students with 12 months of practical training in the fundamentals of journalism, communications, and global health reporting on a variety of media platforms, including print, online, broadcast, and social and digital media.

Eligibility:

This fellowship is only available to current allopathic medical students. Students currently in their final year of medical school (4th, or in some cases 5th year) are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be currently enrolled in medical school at an institution in the United States in order to be considered.

Timeline:

This application must be submitted and all documents received no later than 11:59pm, January 31, 2022. Finalists will be notified and interviewed in late February and March. The fellowship begins mid-August, 2022.

Apply Here.

Program Overview

We launched the first U.S. Fellowship in Media and Global Health to teach physicians-in-training to use various media channels to advocate and inform on global health issues. Each year, one fellow is chosen from a national pool of medical students committed to a career in global health. The Fellow learns how reporting on global health issues can impact health and human rights efforts, foundation and government health assistance, and individual health choices.

This opportunity provides medical students with 12 months of practical training in the fundamentals of journalism, communications, and global health reporting on a variety of media platforms, including print, online, broadcast, social and digital media.

Each fellow participates in three rotations over the course of their fellowship year.  The fellow spends the fall quarter (September through December) on campus taking courses in Stanford’s Graduate Program in Journalism. In the winter, the fellow is embedded at CNN (remote or at the Atlanta office, pending travel restrictions) with Dr. Sanjay Gupta to learn the fundamentals of health reporting and gain hands-on experience. In late spring, the fellow pursues an overseas or domestic capstone project of his or her choice, focusing on an under-reported or untold global health story tackling equity issues. A modest travel stipend is awarded in addition to the fellowship.


Goals and Objective

We want to grow the audience for global health stories and we want to make sure the stories that are told are accurate. To help physicians engage with journalists, we designed this program to teach fellows:

  • How journalists and TV medical correspondents select and frame topics, stories, and issues in the field of global health;
  • Techniques to present and write persuasively about science;
  • How to access new channels and technologies for persuasive communication.

Upon completion, the Fellow will produce an in-depth article or other substantive media creation on a global health topic .

The Fellow will return to medical training with the expectation that in addition to treating patients, conducting research or teaching, she or he will also become an advocate and spokesperson for global health issues.

Questions

If you have questions, please email Communications Manager Jamie Hansen at jmhansen@stanford.edu.


Previous Fellows

  • 2011-12: Joyce Ho, Stanford medical student
  • 2012-13: Kristina Krohn, MD, resident at the University of Minnesota
  • 2013-14: Hayley Goldbach, University of Pennsylvania medical student
  • 2014-15: Maren Shapiro, University of Pennsylvania medical student
  • 2015-16: Michael Nedelman, Stanford medical student
  • 2016-17: Priya Raja, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center medical student
  • 2017-18: Mark Lieber, University of California, Irvine medical student
  • 2018-19: Edith Bracho-Sanchez, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pediatric resident
  • 2019-20: Gina Yu, University of Michigan medical student
  • 2020-21: Christopher Rios, Stanford medical student
  • 2021-22: Tasnim Ahmed, Stanford medical student