Health, Equity, Action, and Leadership (HEAL) Surgical Fellow

Health, Equity, Action, and Leadership (HEAL) Surgical Fellow

The HEAL (Health, Equity, Action, and Leadership) Initiative at the University of San Francisco is building a community of front-line health professionals committed to serving the underserved.

This is a 2-year fellowship and is a unique opportunity to gain clinical and public health skills for those interested in a surgical career serving vulnerable populations, both domestically and internationally. The HEAL Initiative recruits US-trained physicians from a variety of specialties (IM, FM, Med-Peds, Peds, OBGYN, Psychiatry, Surgery, Anesthesiology) who are passionate about global health equity.

HEAL fellows are immersed at partner organizations aiding the underserved, splitting their time between a US and an international site. Primary domestic surgical sites are based in the Navajo Nation through the Indian Health Service. Half of the HEAL fellows are US physicians and the other half are HEAL fellows from our partner sites. This allows for an incredibly diverse and interprofessional training community. Fellows participate in intensive in-person training, mentorship, online graduate degree, ongoing curriculum, and join a community of like-minded and passionate health professionals. HEAL Surgical Fellows will also have the opportunity to be integrated with the work of the UCSF Center for Health Equity in Surgery and Anesthesia.

During the two-year fellowship, Rotating Fellows are paired. Each fellow rotates between an underserved domestic and international site. At each location, Rotating Fellows work closely with Site Fellows selected by our partner organizations. Collectively, Rotating Fellows and Site Fellows participate in all aspects of the HEAL Fellowship.

The Core Fellowship elements include: 3 Intensive In-Person Trainings

  • Mentorship
  • Ongoing Curricula
  • Support for Professional Development
  • Community of Practice
  • Immersive Experiences Serving the Underserved

HEAL Fellows receive a PGY4 salary and UCSF fellow benefits and malpractice insurance. The Fellowship covers travel to partner sites and supports international housing costs.


  • Applicants must have completed a residency program by the start of their fellowship.
  • Rotating Fellow applicants should be physicians who have completed or will have completed by June 2021 an accredited residency program at a U.S. institution and/or be licensed to practice medicine in the United States.
  • Applicants must have a US passport or green card (unfortunately this is the case until we have a better immigration policy! *). *Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) regulations prohibit non-US citizens to receive visa sponsorship from UCSF while working at partner sites not directly associated with UCSF. Despite this, HEAL deeply values the commitment of those who have chosen to leave their home country to train in the United States and their great potential to positively impact the lives of their patients wherever they serve. It is our hope to explore ways within the HEAL model to provide training opportunities for these individuals in the future
  • The following specialties are invited to apply: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Med-Peds, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, OB/GYN, Anesthesiology, or General Surgery.
  • Applicants must have a strong commitment to social justice and health equity. Individuals from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.

How To Apply:

Please access the application from the following link:

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  • Published

    Oct 06, 2020

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    San Francisco, California

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