A Different Kind of Fellowship

Site Fellows and Rotating Fellows learn together and work together in the cohort community, from the first day to the last day of the fellowship. They often partner to deliver projects in the community, at the clinical level, in research, and in teaching. Partnership and solidarity are not just project based, but are deeply embedded into many personal and professional aspects of the fellowship, creating a space for shared knowledge, reflection, and co-creation of solutions and relationships that last well beyond the two year fellowship. 

Site Fellows

Site Fellows are health workers who are currently employed by HEAL partner sites. They have spent years embedded in and working in the communities they serve and in most cases and have a deep, demonstrated commitment to to doing this work for the long haul, to their personal growth, and to this global community. They come from a variety of occupations in health, from physicians to nurses to counselors to program managers and beyond. Site fellows complete the two year fellowship alongside working full time at their site/organization. Interested applicants are nominated by their sites, and then apply to HEAL.

Rotating Fellows

Rotating fellows are US based physicians or nurses from a variety of specialties who have completed or will be in the final year of a residency program by the start of their fellowship. To apply to be a rotating fellow, you have to have completed residency in the US, and have a US passport or green card. (Unfortunately this is the case until we have a better immigration policy!) 

During the two-year fellowship, HEAL Rotating fellows split their time, rotating between a US underserved site (link to sites) and an international underserved site (link to sites) working full-time and immersively in each location. Rotating fellows are employed as UCSF fellows during that time period, though their day to day work is for two organizations. 

“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world."
Paulo Freire
Pedagogy of the Oppressed