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Five Unique Fellowship Opportunities

posted Jul 15, 2015, 9:41 AM by Explore More   [ updated Jul 15, 2015, 9:47 AM ]
Picking a fellowship can be one of the most important decisions that you make after osteopathic medical school. While many fellowships offer the typical postgraduate training, a few are specifically designed to appeal to physicians who want unique experiences in areas that matter to them. If you’re looking for a medical subspecialty, consider the five listed below. They offer opportunities to focus on health care issues that you might not have considered before. 


The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio offers a 1-year faculty fellowship in dermatology with a focus on care for the underserved. Responsibilities include 7.5 days of dermatology patient care in the University Health System skin clinic and two evenings of family medicine patient care and student teaching in the free clinic for the underserved. There are no night calls or inpatient responsibilities.

Healthcare Hot-Spotting and Super-Utilization

The Department of Family Medicine at Crozer-Keystone Health System offers a 1-year fellowship, which trains family physicians to develop strategies and implement systems to achieve clinical advances for patients who frequently utilize emergency rooms and hospitals. Responsibilities include two days per week of outpatient primary care, two days per week at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, and one day per week for research and scholarly activity.

International Medicine

The Family Medicine Residency at Via Christi Health in Wichita, Kansas, offers a 1-year fellowship in International Medicine. The program was developed to equip family physicians with a unique knowledge base and clinical skills set necessary to effectively serve the poorest and most under-served people of the world. Training is divided into two months of tropical medicine and public health; five months of didactics and clinical skills in trauma, burn care, anesthesia, ultrasonography, and dental; and five months at a partnering overseas hospital in Niger, Rwanda, Zambia, or Zimbabwe.

Primary Care and Medical Communication

The Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center offers a 1-year fellowship in Primary Care and Medical Communications. Fellows pursue projects and research that explores the relationship between media and health, with a special focus on family medicine and primary care, and their intersection with public engagement, health communication, and mass and social media. Fellows practice part-time in an affiliated family medicine clinic and participate in faculty development training and medical student and resident teaching.

Wilderness Medicine

The UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education offers a 1-year fellowship in Wilderness Medicine, with the option to extend to two years for those who wish to earn an advanced degree (MPH). The goals of the fellowship are to provide physicians with the cognitive knowledge and hands-on skills needed to be leaders in the field of Wilderness Medicine. The curriculum is designed to be flexible to allow each fellow to create an experience that best meets his/her needs. Academic topics include altitude medicine, environmental exposure, toxicology, wilderness trauma, remote infectious disease, and marine medicine. Fellows work a minimum of eight shifts at a CRMC urgent care center. The salary is approximately $100,000.

- Sean Perrine, DO