Global Women’s Health Fellowship Program


In recognition of the growing need for physician leadership within the global community and the lack of comprehensive and collaborative training program, this interdisciplinary research and training fellowship has been developed. This Global Women’s Health Fellowship Program (GWH) is designed to enable health care professionals to develop and apply research skills and experience to significantly impact the global community, with an emphasis on women’s health.
The purpose of this fellowship is to promote educational initiatives and research pertinent to the advancement of women’s health globally through development of academic research and leadership skills in global medicine, application to immigrant populations in Los Angeles, disaster and/or humanitarian response both globally and locally to the disenfranchised, specifically in areas related to women’s health including reproductive health and gender-based issues. This two-year program is committed to serve as a platform for collaborative global health work to meet these ends.

The defining goal of this GWH Fellowship is to train physicians for successful careers dedicated to furthering the health and well-being of women through innovative, meaningful, sustainable, wide-reaching research and clinical care.

The structure of this training includes:

  1. Master’s degree coursework, with anticipation of completion in two years.
  2. Fellowship-related travel expenses are covered including salary at PGY 5 and PGY6 levels

Clinical Experience

The fellow’s clinical service experience is designed to maintain and grow clinical and leadership skills. This fellowship takes a comprehensive approach to women’s health. It includes:

  1.  health issues unique to women such as reproductive health and family planning, breast and cervical cancer screening/treatment, etc
  2. Areas where women experience disproportionate health impact related to socioeconomic factors, incarceration, etc

Heath issues where women experience a particular disadvantage based on gender inequalities and other social determinants such as HIV/AIDS, mental health, violence, and substance abuse.

Research and Education

The fellowship is designed to enable the candidate to complete a Master’s program at USC and to provide rigorous training in academic research methods together with formal public health education and mentored research and clinical experiences, including field-based experience. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology continues to perform clinical research in all areas of the specialty. The basic areas of research include: pregnancy, contraception, menopause, gynecologic cancers, infection, etc. The areas of research are continually changing and growing based on new advancements in information and building on results of prior research.

As a USC Fellow, you will have the opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree through the Keck School of Medicine. The Master of Science in Clinical, Biomedical, and Translational Investigations aims to train health professionals in clinical research methods to translate clinical, biomedical and technological discoveries into advances in population-based, clinical or basic science research.



Applicants for the global women’s health fellowship must have completed an ACGME-accredited core program in obstetrics and gynecology. In addition, applicants must meet all requirements for eligibility set by the LAC+USC Medical Center Office of Graduate Medical Education. Every fellow must have a California medical license by the beginning of the fellowship training program. Licensure in the State of California for international medical graduates can be especially time-consuming. If assistance is needed, candidates are advised to contact personally the Division of Licensing, Medical Board of California, 1426 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, California 95825-3236, (916) 920-6411.

Application Process

Applicants to the fellowship must apply online. Applications can be requested by contacting our fellowship coordinator, Ian O’Donnell. via email at Ian.O’ or by calling (323) 409-3423.


Fellowship Administrator:
Ian O’Donnell
Phone: (323) 226-3423

Program Directors:
Victoria Cortessis, PhD

Laila Muderspach, MD