Harvard Medical School-Fenway Health LGBTQIA+ Health Fellowship Program

Currently Accepting Applications for 2023-2024

About the Fellowship

The AMA Foundation-sponsored Harvard Medical School (HMS)-Fenway Health LGBTQIA+ Health Fellowship Program equips primary care residency graduates with the skills needed to serve as influential physician leaders in the field of LGBTQIA+ health.

Applications are now open for two Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Med-Peds, or Pediatrics physicians to join our 12-month (July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024) academic and career development fellowship in LGBTQIA+ focused primary care.

Qualifications

Statement regarding diversity and inclusion:

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of this fellowship, which centers intersectional LGBTQIA+ communities; we are especially interested in applicants who are underrepresented in medicine and represent these groups. All fellowship sites are equal opportunity employers and offer intersectional DEI programs and support for employees and trainees.

Fellowship Content and Structure

The HMS-Fenway LGBTQIA+ Health Fellowship Program combines the resources of HMS and HMS’s teaching hospitals with Fenway Health, an internationally renowned Federally Qualified Health Center with 50 years of experience serving LGBTQIA+ communities, a rich patient base, and an embedded institute dedicated to LGBTQIA+ health education and training, advocacy, and research. HMS’s system-wide Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Initiative provides the ideal context for fellowship activities. Our fellows will have an opportunity to learn from preeminent leaders in the field of LGBTQIA+ health while engaging with a rich tapestry of Boston-area organizations that serve diverse LGBTQIA+ communities. 

Clinical Activities (45%):

Academic Activities and Leadership Development (45%):

  • During biweekly fellowship seminars, fellows will engage with local and national LGBTQIA+ health leaders while developing foundational skills in LGBTQIA+ health-focused program development, clinical quality improvement (QI), education and training, community engagement, health policy and advocacy, and research.
  • Each fellow will conduct a longitudinal, mentored LGBTQIA+ health leadership project, such as developing a new clinical program; performing a clinical QI project; designing and implementing a new curriculum; conducting a community needs assessment; developing a policy brief; or engaging in a collaborative health advocacy effort.
  • Fellows will have numerous opportunities to practice their leadership skills via teaching in one of our LGBTQIA+ health-focused UME, GME, CME (for the Whole Care Team or Training-the-Trainer) or National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center trainings; collaborating with organizational partners in the rollout of an LGBTQIA+ focused public health program; and serving on the Massachusetts Medical Society LGBTQ Committee.
  • Fellows will be encouraged to attend a leadership course offered by the BIDMC Clinician-Educator Track for Fellows, the HMS Center for Primary Care, the HMS Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, or the Harvard-Macy Institute.
  • Fellows will receive coaching to disseminate their work widely via local, regional, and national presentations and publications in both the lay press and peer-reviewed journals.

Community Engagement (10%):

  • Fellows will learn about the unique needs of specific LGBTQIA+ communities through visits with a wide variety of Boston-area LGBTQIA+ organizations. They will then select one organization to host their community engagement project and assist in moving that organization’s work forward.

Mentorship and Support:

  • Mentorship is a signature focus of the HMS-Fenway LGBTQIA+ Health Fellowship Program. Each fellow will have a:
    • Core Clinical Site Mentor who will supervise the fellow’s primary care practice.
    • Leadership Mentor who will provide guidance on the fellow’s longitudinal, LGBTQIA+ health leadership project.
    • Career Development Mentor who has completed the Harvard Sexual and Gender Minority Health Mentoring Program, designed to meet the unique needs of mentees whose work focuses on LGBTQIA+ populations and who are frequently themselves members of underrepresented groups.
  • Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in a broad spectrum of activities and supports offered by the DEI programs at HMS, each HMS affiliate, and Fenway Health.
  • Fellows may join the Harvard Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Health Equity Research Collaborative, where they can engage with other trainees and faculty from diverse disciplines.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Fellows will be employed by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and paid as PGY-4 residents. Benefits are included and there is an ample budget for CME. For more information on benefits, please visit the Trainee Benefits and Resources website
  • Fellows will receive the title of Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School.
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