Thursday, November 27, 2008

Mabelle Arole Fellowship 2009-2010

Mabelle Arole Fellowship 2009-2010
JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc
Are you currently a Pre-Med?Are you interested in international health?Do you want to learn about community-based health programming in a developing country?Can you "rough it" for one year in rural India?
If you meet the eligibility requirements, consider applying to be a Mabelle Arole International Fellow for 2009-2010. JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc will begin to accept applications in December 2008. The Mabelle Arole International Fellows:
Learn about community-driven programming, how it works, and how it contributes to a community's well-being.
Live and work at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed, India, for almost one year.
Work with one of the best primary health projects in the world.
Learn about the priority health care areas addressed: community-based primary care, women's health, under-fives care, family planning, control of chronic illnesses, prevention of infectious diseases, and integrated rural development.
Work on a project, depending on current CRHP activities and your interest.
One U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has been accepted to medical school but has not begun yet will be accepted to this year-long program based in Jamkhed, India. Read about the history of the CRHP Project in Jamkhed. Informative materials, including the book, Jamkhed, written by the Aroles ($13), are available through Jamkhed International Foundation, PO Box 291, Carrboro, NC 27510 (tel: 919-929-0650; email:
In 2001, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc founded the Mabelle Arole Fellowship in honor of Dr. Mabelle Arole who died in 1999. The fellowship is named in memory of her dedication to the community and her wisdom to work with its members to determine what must be done and how to achieve improved child and maternal health status. Dr. Raj Arole, assisted by his daughter, Dr. Shobha Arole, continues to run the CRHP.
The Mabelle Arole Fellow will live, work, and learn in Jamkhed, India for one year. During that time, s/he will have experience in the hospital (in-patient and out-patient and in the field) and work on a project, depending on current CRHP activities and needs and your interest
The year begins with a 2-month course on community-based primary health care, with about 20 participants from India and other countries, most of whom are working in health and development programs. Course topics include principles and practice of CBPHC, common diseases, leadership, personal development. The training is participatory, with a lot of interaction with participants and resource persons; much of the training is facilitated by staff and village people. There is a good reference library on health and development.
The fellow will live and work on the CRHP compound, which includes the hospital, administration offices, training institute, and staff housing. Lodging is simple and basic (single or double room with a private or shared bathroom with Western-style toilet). There is a mess hall, which provides typical Indian meals. The fellow will stay in India for almost one year, at Jamkhed for 10 months and the opportunity to travel for one month (his/her own plans and expenses). The fellow will be paid a stipend of $8000 in quarterly payments. This covers housing, living expenses, and travel, including airfare to and from India.
In order to adapt to living at CRHP, you should be flexible, open, able to adapt appropriately to other cultures (including food), and interested in learning from others, especially village people.
2008-2009: Jeff Holzberg (follow Jeff's experience in India at Jeff is originally from Atlanta, GA and graduated cum laude from Tufts University. He has plans to attend Emory Medical School when he returns from India. While an undergraduate, Jeff worked in clinics and hospitals in Ghana as well as Mexico and was a research assistant at CDC in Atlanta. After college, he was site coordinator for the National Student Partnership in the Bronx where he managed an office with college students who worked with low-income community members on housing, employment and health care.
2007-2008: Bernadine Han (year-end report) Bernie concentrated in Social Anthropology at Harvard College. During college she worked at a MCH center in Ghana and with Project HEALTH (Helping Empower, Advocate and Lead Through Health) to improve the health of pediatric patients from low-income families. After graduation she taught and completed her post-baccalaureate pre-medical program in California. She has been accepted at the joint University of California, Berkeley-University of California, San Francisco medical school which she will be attending after returning from Jamkhed in the fall of 2008.
2006-2007: Amy Romer (year-end report) Amy majored in Biology at Occidental College outside Los Angeles and graduated in May 2006. She became involved at Pet-Assisted Wellness program and volunteered in the emergency department at the Glendale Hospital. Amy studied for a semester in Costa Rica where she became very interested and involved in ecological and conservation issues. She has always been concerned about women's health issues. She researched perinatal mortality while at Jamkhed and wrote-up her findings. She entered Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago after returning from India.
2005-2006: Alexander Kaysin (year-end report) Alex completed his undergraduate degree in Anthropology at Brooklyn College, The City University of New York in June 2005. As an undergraduate, he was active with HEAT (Health & Education Alternatives for Teens), working with low-income minority HIV-infected youth. He also volunteered as a Russian translator at the Coney Island Hospital emergency room. At Jamkhed he devoted a lot of time and energy developing a low-cost water filtration system. He entered SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in late summer 2006.
2004-2005: Pranathi Lingam Pranathi was a psychology and philosophy major at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she graduated in May 2004. She volunteered as a rape response counselor and a literacy tutor at the Literacy Council of Birmingham, where she instructed recovering drug addicts. She spent time in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, active in health and education efforts and the empowerment of women. She joined the University of Alabama Medical School (Birmingham) in September 2005.
2003-2004: Shannon Straszewski (year-end report) Shannon was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison in May 2003 having majored in medical microbiology and immunology. While an undergraduate she founded a group called HELP (Health Education and Leadership Program) which provided CPR training, conducted exercise sessions for the elderly and organized seminars on sexually transmitted diseases. She began medical studies at the University for Wisconsin in Fall 2004.
2002-2003: Jennifer Wipperman (year-end report) Jenny graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in May 2002 with a double major of Biology and Sociology. She did considerable volunteer work at the University - tutoring international students and getting involved in community-based activities. Jenny made several service trips to countries like Mexico and the Dominican Republic. She entered the University of Wisconsin Medical School in the fall of 2003.
Are you eligible to be the Mabelle Arole International Fellow?
To be eligible for the 2009-2010 fellowship year, you must:
Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Have completed your undergraduate degree by June 2009.
Have been accepted to a U.S. medical school by June 2009.
Be willing to defer your acceptance to medical school for one year.
Complete the application and other paperwork below.
Provide a medical certificate of health (if and when selected as fellow).
Be available for and have the resources to travel to the annual AMSA convention in Washington, DC, March 14, 2009 for an interview.
Note: Current medical students are not eligible for this fellowship.
A committee will select finalists who will be notified by mid-February. Applicants must be available to attend an interview on Saturday, March 14, 2009. The fellow will be selected and notified by late March 2009.
The committee will choose a fellow based on the following:
Fulfillment of the above eligibility requirements
Completion of the Application Form
All applications and accompanying materials must be emailed to David Pyle ( at JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc and received no later than close of business January 19, 2009 (proof of medical school acceptance will be accepted at a later date). There will be no exceptions.
Application or procedural questions should be directed to David Pyle at or 703-528-7474. For in-depth questions concerning Jamkhed and the fellow's activities, refer to the Jamkhed website or email the Jamkhed International Foundation at
Application Checklist:
1. Application Form with Essays
2. Two Letters of Reference
1. Please ask one person (preferably your pre-med advisor or someone else who can respond to the question) to answer the following question in one page or less: Given the nature of the fellowship and what is entailed, do you think the candidate would make a good fellow based on his/her dedication, interest in health, cultural sensitivity, and ability to adapt to new and different situations. Why or why not? Does the candidate take the initiative and work independently? Please explain.
2. Personal reference (e.g. adaptability to 'foreign' situations; ability to get along with others, as peers and with poor; personality suitable for this experience; willingness to help others; motivation for wanting to be a doctor)Both letters should be emailed directly by the references to David Pyle at

3. Resume - updated copy (including extracurricular activities, hobbies and interests) should accompany the completed application form.
4. Essay topics related to community-based primary health care to which one of the three essay questions relates: What topic are you particularly interested in and why, and why do you think this topic is important for community health.
o Health behavior change in a traditional rural community
o Training of community health workers
o Community organization & participation
o Multi-sectoral approach to health problems
o Appropriate role of the health center (project) and the doctor
o Health as an issue of justice at the community level
o Root causes of health problems in a community
o Women's health and development
o Choose a particular target group or health problem, and explain why you are interested in it and how the community can address those issues
o Research, Data collection and analysis, Information systems

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