1. How many fellows and students do you accept each year?
The number of accepted applicants varies from year to year depending on resources and project needs. Generally speaking, there are 6-8 students accepted per year.


2. How is the Fellowship funded?
Currently, this is an unfunded fellowship, therefore we encourage applicants to apply for external funding as soon as possible. 


3. Does the Fellowship assist with housing?
The Fellowship does not provide housing. Many resources are available to help find rentals in the Boston area.


4. Who is eligible for the Research Fellow position?

The Research Fellow position is open to those who have graduated from medical schools and are working as residents and registrars in obstetrics and gynecology, anesthesia, and any surgical subspecialty. The PGSSC recognizes the critical role that each specialty has to play in advancing the mission of safe, affordable, timely surgical, anesthesia, and obstetrics and gynecology care when needed. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please enquire at


5. Who is eligible for the Visiting Student position? 

The Visiting Student position is open to students currently enrolled in a health-related graduate degree such as an MD (or international equivalent). Students who have recently graduated with an MD (or international equivalent) and who do not meet the eligibility criteria for a Research Fellow may also apply as a Visiting student. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please enquire at

6. Am I eligible to apply as an international applicant?

Yes, we welcome both U.S. and international applicants for the Research Fellow and Visiting Student positions.

7. As a Research Fellow, can I only participate in the program for one year?

The Research Fellow portion of our program is designed as a two-year time commitment.


8. Is it possible to do parts of the MPH during the academic year?Yes, although coursework during the academic year leaves less flexibility for international travel. Research Fellows who wish to pursue the MPH must commence the program during their first year of the fellowship. Our past fellows have completed the MPH program as part-time students, full-time students, and summer-only students.

9. What MPH concentration do you recommend?
In the past, our fellows have enrolled in the Clinical Effectiveness, Global Health, and Quantitative Methods concentrations. The Clinical Effectiveness concentration and the Summer-Only MPH option typically give fellows the greatest flexibility to travel and work on research. We encourage you to talk with us and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to determine the concentration that will work best for you.

Please note that the decision to pursue an MPH is up to the individual fellow, and tuition expenses will not be covered by the program.  


10. Are there clinical obligations for the fellows here in the US? What clinical role do fellows play at Boston Children's Hospital?
There is no mandated clinical role. There are no extramural clinical obligations, but research fellows with the appropriate credentials may apply for a Massachusetts medical license to pursue independent moonlighting opportunities at various local and Harvard-affiliated hospitals. 


11. Do I have to have completed USMLE steps 1-3 in order to apply for the Fellowship?
Research Fellows training in the U.S. must have completed USMLE steps 1 and 2 (CK and CS); if training abroad, fellows must have completed the international equivalents in order to be eligible for the Fellowship. Fellows interested in moonlighting must have completed USMLE steps 1-3 and must obtain a Massachusetts license.


12. As a medical student, am I able to apply for a residency while in the program?

Yes.  Although the program for Visiting Students requires a one-year commitment, students are generally able to be Boston-based during the residency interview timeframe.

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