Global Health Fellowship

The Brown Global Health Faculty Development Fellowship was started in 2010 to provide FM physicians with the additional global health and faculty development skills necessary to assist with the development of pre-doctoral, residency, clinical, and research education in emerging health care systems in low and middle income countries (LMIC’s).  As an academic family medicine department with a long history of involvement in global health, the Department of Family Medicine at Brown is particularly well situated to provide faculty development in this area. This fellowship was developed and is funded through a unique, sustainable collaboration between Thundermist Community Health Center and the Department of Family Medicine.  The community health center, the family medicine department and the hospitals associated with each provide a rich learning environment.  Thundermist Health Center was chosen because in addition to their care of underserved communities in Rhode Island, their staff is actively involved in global health. 


  1. To prepare family physicians for future leadership roles in global health and medical education.
  2. To train US faculty who can serve as interim faculty for emerging international family medicine residencies until each program is able to graduate their own faculty.
  3. To create a partnership with a local community health center to promote shared commitment to the underserved.
  4. To work in concert with other undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate global health training programs at Brown University.
  5. To provide advanced maternal child health skills for those wishing to pursue a joint global health and maternal child health fellowship


By the end of the fellowship programs, fellows will demonstrate the additional clinical, teaching, scholarly and leadership skills necessary for work as a family physician in resource limited settings


  • Graduate of an accredited family medicine residency program in the US
  • Excellent academic and clinical record
  • Commitment to the care of underserved populations
  • Experience providing health care in international, resource-limited settings
  • Demonstrated teaching and leadership experience with strong leadership potential
  • Dedicated to self-directed, lifelong learning
  • To apply to the joint Global Maternal Child Health Fellowship please apply send copies of your application to both the global health and the maternal child health fellowship directors.

We offer two different fellowships one with a focus on operative obstetrics and one with a focus on faculty development. Fellows are based at two of the three Thundermist clinics.  The West Warwick office is the site for fellows pursuing the Global Health Faculty Development Fellowship, and the Woonsocket office is the site for fellows pursing a joint Global Maternal Child Health Fellowship.

FM global health fellow collaborate with residents and faculty from the Brown Residency International/Global Health Training Pathway (BRIGHT), that includes trainees from the Departments of Family Medicine, Medicine, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Infectious Disease. Joint sessions are also held with FM Maternal Child Health Fellows. We have partnerships with programs in Kenya, Honduras, Nicaragua and our faculty volunteer at Clinica Esperanza in Rhode Island. See attached brochure for more information.

For more information, please contact:  

Daria Szkwarko, DO, MPH
Director of Global Health Fellowship
[email protected]