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Women's Health Equity (WHE) Fellowship

We endorse the University’s statement of commitment to a compassionate, equitable, and just society. Our fellowship and department are committed to anti-racism, and seek to foster a culture of diversity, equity, & inclusion.

Fellowship Application Process for July 2024 Start Date Open

  • Accepting applications until September 2023, unless position is filled prior

If you have any questions about the application cycle, please contact Alison Goldsmith at

Fellowship Overview

The Women’s Health Equity (WHE) Fellowship is designed as a two-year post-residency clinical fellowship. WHE Fellows will work and learn in diverse low-resource settings with University partners in Kigali, Rwanda, as well as Fort Defiance, Arizona through the Indian Health Service (IHS). Fellows will receive training in clinical care, research conduct and interpretation, and cultural, ethical and health systems concepts related to working in low-resource settings in the US and globally.

At the completion of the WHE, Fellows will have the capacity to:

  • Provide clinically excellent obstetrics and gynecology healthcare in low-resource settings through collaborative learning and partnerships
  • Understand, disseminate, and ultimately develop best practices and innovations for high quality obstetrics and gynecology clinical care and research in low-resource settings
  • Participate in collaborative partnerships with colleagues and providers and become culturally and ethically competent advocates for women’s health in low-resource settings

Program Description

The WHE Fellowship is an OBGYN departmental fellowship within the University of Utah, which aims to address health equity for women in low resource settings. Core competencies in clinical care, research, professionalism and leadership, as well as global health ethics, partnerships and cultural competencies, will provide trainees with a well-rounded and enriching professional and educational experience.

The WHE Fellow will spend their first year primarily working at the Fort Defiance Indian Hospital, serving the peoples of the Navajo Nation through Indian Health Services (IHS). This will follow a short time spent in Salt Lake City to complete the MSCI program. While on-site, the Fellows will learn from their site mentors and hone their clinical skills.

In their second year, trainees will primarily live and train in Kigali, Rwanda with University partners at the University of Rwanda, Kigali (CHUK). During the second year, the fellow will also spend several months in Utah, allowing the fellow to receive mentorship and work toward completion of their chosen research project, wherein they will re-apply their clinical knowledge and develop competencies in clinical innovation and quality improvement. During that time in Salt Lake City, the fellow will also function as a general ob/gyn, supervising medical students and residents on labor and delivery and the gynecology inpatient service. 

By the end of two-year fellowship, trainees will have completed the following:

  • Master of Science in Clinical Innovation (MSCI)
  • Community Based Participatory Research training
  • Coursework with the Center for American Indian Health
  • Cultural Competency Certificate Program
  • Rwandan Cultural Awareness Training

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