Center for Global Health receives grant from Gilead Foundation
The Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health has been awarded a $100,00 grant to create the Paul S. Lietman Global Health Travel Fellowship for Housestaff. This fellowship is named in honor of Dr. Paul Lietman, a specialist in bacterial and viral infections and longtime chief of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
This grant will be used to bolster the Center's current housestaff grant program, allowing us to more than double our current number of awardees each year. The Lietman Fellowship aims to support trainees in their efforts to gain research and clinical experience working in low and middle income countries. Selected residents and fellows, who have also been approved by their director and the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education will be given an award of $3,500 or more to help defray travel expenses. Housestaff in any GME program sponsored by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine will be eligible to apply.
Ryan Li, pictured left was given a housestaff award in 2012 to complete an elective in Cameroon. When asked about his experience Ryan said, "The fighting spirit of the surgical residents at Mbingo Hospital was inspiring and encouraging—despite the scarce resources available to them—as far as I could gather there was no ready access to current research literature; many had families to provide for on very little wage; and most commonly were heading back to their home countries to become the only surgeons available for extensive distances. It was a great joy and bonding experience to share in their training and to maintain communication with them upon our return. I hope I will see them again soon—each round of residents that graduates from Mbingo Hospital spreads a higher standard of patient care learned from U.S. trained surgeons devoting time abroad."
The Center sees these types of experiences as imperative to global health medical training and is excited to be able to offer these opportunities to even more housestaff across the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.