Ventura Global Health Fellowship


The Ventura faculty group is excited to partner with Ventura Global Health Project in offering a fellowship in global health. Our fellowship is designed to provide a hands-on global health experience at several international locations. Our goal is to support sustainable long-term solutions to medical care in the communities we serve. We are fortunate to have locations which are staffed by Ventura graduates who reside on location. We strive to develop affiliations that “teach the teacher” through support and training of local clinicians and staff as well as international residencies in family medicine.

Application Timeline

  • Applications accepted - October 15th
  • Deadline for application submission - December 15th
  • Announcement of positions - January 15th


  • Up to 4 fellows per year


  • We will work with fellows to develop the best mix of location and duration at each site, all international experiences are voluntary
    • Core location options
      • Ventura, California
      • Santo Thomas De La Union, Guatemala
      • Monrovia, Liberia
      • N'Djamena, Chad
    • Other available sites
      • Haiti
      • Ethiopia


Ventura - Primary Contact - Wallace Baker MD 

Educational and clinical experience in Ventura California. This experience will include work in an urgent care and average of 3 days per week with elective opportunities 2 days per week in ultrasound training, inpatient infectious disease and outpatient TB and HIV clinic. Call opportunities for inpatient medicine and ER may exist. The core urgent care setting is in an urban underserved location with a moderate sized Mixteco population. Fellows will also be expected to lead residency interest group meetings and provide didactics on global health topics at residency core conference. We strive to be flexible and cater our on-site curriculum to the educational and career goals of the fellow as much as possible.

Guatemala - Primary Contact - Zack Self MD

This experience will consist of 3 months in the rural Guatemalan village of Santo Tomas De La Union, a village of 15,000 people. The host site consists of 4 inpatient/ER beds, an OR, 3 outpatient clinic rooms and an onsite pharmacy. The fellow will perform clinical duties such as outpatient care, ER and inpatient medicine as needed. Educational opportunities will include on site and online ultrasound training, education on local tropical diseases, cultural orientation and others. Research opportunities exist.

Spanish language capability preferred.

Chad - Primary contact - James Appel MD

This experience takes place in in the N'Djamena Chad, the capital city with a population of 2 million. The host site, Guinebor Hospital, has 40 beds and performs 100-150 deliveries and 80-100 major surgeries per month. The patient population is mostly Muslim and Arabic speaking while the staff speaks French and Arabic and several other dialects. The clinical experience will consist of general surgical training, operative OB, basic orthopedic procedures and inpatient medicine/infectious disease. The educational focus will be primarily on meeting general surgery and operative obstetrical needs in a resource limited setting.

Language translation will be provided.

Liberia - Primary contact - John Fankhauser MD

This experience takes place in an 85-bed mission hospital located on the coast of West Africa near Monrovia, Liberia.  The hospital is a general acute care hospital.  There are 15-20 Emergency room visits and 130 outpatient clinic visits daily, 25-30 surgeries per week, and 80-100 deliveries per month.  There is a new family medicine residency program.  The first class of 3 residents started in July 2017.  The fellow’s focus will include learning to care for patients in a tropical, resource limited setting, as well as teaching residents, PA’s and midwives.  The fellow will participate in ER patient management, outpatient clinic care, team rounds on pediatrics, med/surg, and OB wards and didactic teaching in residency seminars.

Ethiopia - Upon inquiry - Primarily a teaching opportunity for family medicine residents.

Haiti - Upon Inquiry. Primarily a teaching opportunity for family medicine residents.


Additional Curricular Opportunities

  • Certification in tropical medicine through the West Virginia School of Tropical Medicine.


  • Applicants will have successfully completed medical training in a US allopathic or osteopathic medical school and residency program.
  • Be eligible for medical license to practice in California in good standing
  • Be eligible for hospital privileging at Ventura County Medical Center
  • Be eligible for medical malpractice coverage
  • Have health Insurance prior to program commencement
  • Have Travel Insurance prior to international travel
  • Spanish language skills are preferred but not required


  • Compensation consists of a salary while performing urgent care shifts in Ventura (approximately $27,500), along with a Ventura Global Health Project Grant ($42,500) to offset all travel and living expenses at international sites.
  • An additional $5,000 stipend is available to fellows with a spouse as well as an additional $10,000 stipend available for fellows with children or spouse + children.
  • “Moonlighting” options may be available in Ventura for additional revenue
  • Vacation – Up to 4 weeks of vacation available per year. This cannot come from the time spent in Ventura unless taken from elective educational time, max 4 days per month. Fellows are encouraged to take vacation time between rotations.


We welcome inquires! Please send all inquiries to:
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Applications should include a cover letter stating the reasons for your interest in the fellowship as well as your curriculum vitae and 3 references.