Global Health Fellowship

Position Summary

The Global Health Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to help lead our 2020 Exploring Health Care (EHC) program in the spring and mentor visiting medical students from Japan. Working closely in a team, Global Health Fellows support the design of a 2-week program during which participants learn about Bay Area health care while drawing critical comparisons and contrasts with the Japanese health care systems. The EHC program is based in San Francisco, with visits to Stanford University and other Silicon Valley locations. Apply by November 17, 2019 for priority consideration.

Core Responsibilities


  • Connect virtually with the Program Director and other EHC team members
  • Collaborate with the team to support student learning, community building, and preparations for the program
  • Help plan and lead virtual meetings in preparation for the program
  • Participate in a 2-day staff training retreat on March 14 and 15
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned


  • Work with team to ensure smooth facilitation of daily program activities, including organization visits, workshops, and guest speakers
  • Facilitate reflections with a group of 10-12 students
  • Inspire curiosity in participants by presenting on an important contemporary medical issue or other topic related to health care
  • Support participants with clinical English learning and practice
  • Develop program planning and coordinate scheduling through regular team meetings
  • Encourage participants to embrace an active, brave, curious, and open-minded mentality


  • Participate in EHC program reflection and synthesis with staff
  • Write a personal reflection on your experience as a fellow
  • Strengthen the Fellow role by providing feedback
  • Support the search for next year’s Fellowship cohort
  • Leverage the VIA Alumni Network as you continue your journey as a healthcare professional


  • Excursions in Silicon Valley and around the Bay Area
  • Leadership skills development
  • Life-long friendships with amazing students from Japan
  • Expand and deepen network of international medical professionals

Required Qualifications

  • Current university student, recent graduate, current graduate student with an interest in health/medical sciences or health care, or current medical students
  • Available to stay at an Airbnb or Stanford dorms during the 2-day staff training before the program and at the Good Hotel in downtown San Francisco with EHC participants March 16-28, 2020
  • Fluent in English (Note: English does not have to be your first language) and comfortable with supporting English language learners

Preferred Qualifications

  • Able to self-direct and self-organize
  • Comfortable with ambiguity
  • A team player, ready and willing to jump in and support others when needed
  • A strong communicator, especially in cross-cultural contexts
  • Experience acting as a mentor, coach, or group leader
  • Familiar with the San Francisco Bay Area


Before the Program

  • Accommodations and all meals during the 2-day staff training retreat

During the Program

  • Shared accommodation with another fellow of the same gender
  • All meals covered
  • Field trips to San Francisco and around the Bay Area
  • Budget to plan organization visits and recreational activities with your participants (e.g. transportation costs)

Taking Personal Time During the Program: The program is intense, in part because activities may run late into the evening, and also because emergencies may arise unexpectedly. Fellows are expected to be available to support the team at any hour of the day, including on weekends. However, we also recognize that it’s important to prevent exhaustion and undue stress. You will work with the Program Director and fellow members of the team to coordinate personal time away from the program (approximately two cumulative days off during the program) and breaks throughout the day.

After the Program

Up to $1250 reimbursement for airfare to visit EHC participants in Japan (reimbursement must be requested within one year of program end date). Non-San Francisco Bay Area residents can use part of this reimbursement for domestic airfare to travel to SF for the program.

How to Apply: Click the blue Apply button and fill out the application form by November 17, 2019 for priority consideration. Applicants who pass the initial screening will be invited to participate in an interview via Skype or phone after the deadline.