Global Health Fellowship

Position Summary

This position provides a unique opportunity to help lead the Medical Exchange & Discovery (MED) Program and mentor visiting medical students from Asia. Working closely in a team, Global Health Fellows help design a 3-week program during which participants learn about Bay Area health care while drawing critical comparisons and contrasts with health care systems throughout East Asia. The MED program is based at Stanford University, with visits to San Francisco and other Silicon Valley locations. Apply by May 6, 2018 for priority consideration.

Core Responsibilities

  • Arrange health care organization visits, volunteer activities, and cultural excursions
  • Deliver presentation on global health topic
  • Assist participants with clinical English learning
  • Assist with facilitation of simulation and problem-based learning (PBL) activities
  • Support a participant group of 10-12 students with adjusting to life at Stanford University


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

Required Qualifications

  • Current university student, or graduating in spring 2018
  • Available to live in Stanford dorm with MED participants from July 30 – August 25, 2018
  • Fluent in English (Note: English does not have to be your first language) and comfortable with supporting English language learners

Preferred Qualifications

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


During the Program

  • Single dorm room and meal plan at Stanford for training week and during the program
  • Parking passes during the program for those with vehicles
  • 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)
  • Per diem to cover personal meals when off-site for program duties
  • Fair time off: While you are technically on-call 24/7, you will work with your colleagues and the Program Director to schedule personal time off (expectation of approximately two cumulative days off during the program) and breaks throughout the workday

After the Program – Option A

Up to $1500 reimbursement for airfare to visit MED participants in their home countries (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 Stanford for the program.

After the Program – Option B (for up to 7 summer programs staff, including MED Global Health Fellows and ALC Program Coordinators)

  • Participate in a ten-day VIA-organized travel program to Tokyo and Rikuzen Takata (a community recovering from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster) directly after the ALC Program
  • Round-trip airfare, local transportation, meals, and lodging will be covered during the program

About the Rikuzentakata Program

5-7 summer programs staff will have the opportunity to join a 10-day VIA-facilitated study program Tokyo and the northern Tohoku region of Japan immediately following the program (as an alternative to the $1500 travel expense reimbursement). Coordinators will spend several days at Rikkyo University, learning about how students there are using social innovation and design-thinking to address challenges in Japan’s society. They will then spend several days in the community of Rikuzentakata to see how it has worked to recover after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.

How to Apply: Click the blue Apply button and fill out the application form by May 6, 2018 for priority consideration. Applicants who pass the initial screening will be invited to participate in an interview via Skype or phone in mid-May.