International Visiting Scholars Program (at Dana-Farber and Longwood Medical Area affiliates)
Our Visiting Scholars Program empowers and engages students, nurses, physicians, and scientists. The Program will continue to provide mentorship and real-life experience for trainees from the MENA region. Prior scholars — selected in collaboration with regional Ministries of Health and in-country academic institutions — have been highly successful after leaving this Program. For example, after training in the United States, one Iranian scholar became the first AIDS fellow of the Imam Khomeini Hospital; and a U.S. student who trained with Dana-Farber in Iran became a Fulbright Fellow, studying global health development.
The major initiatives of our Visiting Scholars Program are:
- Basic and clinical science mentored research: This program brings promising early- to mid-career MENA-region researchers to Dana-Farber for mentored research. Goals are to enhance research, organizational, and research management skills, and to create connections for collaborations.
- Clinical practice observation study: During clinical practice observation studies, mid-career physicians and promising medical students shadow expert clinicians and oncologists at Dana-Farber, to enable up-to-date observation of technologies and protocols that they can share with MENA colleagues. We choose scholars who will be instrumental in advancing collaborative research, particularly in the areas of oncology (tissue banking/clinical trials) and infectious disease (HIV/HPV).
Skill Set Workshops (in-country)
The goal of these workshops is to promote career advancement for students and early- and mid-career health professionals (particularly females) in research and clinical care disciplines. Workshops will focus on non-experimental skills such as data analysis, scientific writing, CV writing, grant writing, and oral presentation of data.