Application Process

Global Health Pathway for Residents & Fellows

Applications are accepted each fall for the Global Health Pathway. 

The Duke Global Health Pathway offers physicians engaged in post-graduate medical training the opportunity to broaden their existing training to address health disparities in developing countries and to acquire clinical and research skills for future careers in global health. 

Duke candidates from Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Neurosurgery, Cardiology, Psychiatry, Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Rheumatology, Pediatric Cardiology, and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology are invited to apply.  All applicants must contact their Program Director to verify eligibility. External candidates are encouraged to check specialty-specific eligibility information on the Curriculum Per Department page. Please note that external recruitment is limited to Anesthesiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Emergency Medicine tracks. 

Preference will be given to individuals who have already demonstrated a commitment to address health disparities and who intend to pursue a career in global health, particularly within resource poor settings.  

Criteria for candidate selection include: 

  • Strong recommendation from Residency Program Director 
  • Academic qualifications 
  • Demonstrated maturity, integrity, and cross cultural awareness/sensitivity 
  • Relevance of global health training to future career plans 
  • Prior international experience 
  • Strength of personal interview 

Application and Selection Process

Send application materials electronically to A selection committee will interview top candidatesshortly after the application deadline. 

Applicants are required to provide the following: 

  • Updated curriculum vitae 
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty (one may be from your Residency Program Director). Faculty members should send their recommendation letters directly to
  • Personal statement(1-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing the Global Health Residency and Fellowship Program. Please include: 
    • A description of any prior work/experiences overseas related to caring for underserved populations
    • Personal qualities that will prepare you for this position
    • A clear articulation of your career goals
    • How this program will help you accomplish your career goals
  • Note for non-North Carolina residents: interviews may be held via video conference if you are unable to travel to Durham

Placement is competitive and contingent upon the qualifications of the applicant and availability. If you have any questions about the Duke Global Health Pathway or the application process, contact Tara Pemble, Program Coordinator at or 919-668-8352