Welcome to the UAB Gorgas Global Health and Tropical Medicine Fellowship!

We are thrilled that you are considering a career in global health and tropical medicine. This unique fellowship was created to equip you with practical skills that will allow you to effectively practice medicine in the U.S. and abroad. During the course of this two-year fellowship, you will have international rotations in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Latin America. You will study point of care ultrasound medicine, become proficient in basic procedures (lumbar punctures, central lines, thoracentesis, paracentesis, etc), learn Spanish via an immersion course in Nicaragua, be introduced to the basics of wound care, develop skills that will allow you to respond to humanitarian crises by attending the Harvard Humanitarian Response Intensive Course in Boston, master tropical medicine with doctors from all over the world at the prestigious Gorgas Institute in Peru, and become proficient in the practice of hospitalist medicine. You will also have an opportunity to present academic lectures, become involved in research and quality projects of your choice, and mentor other students interested in global health and tropical medicine.

Pending successful completion of all of your rotations and examinations, you will receive your Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTMH) and a Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler’s Health (CTropMed). Both of these designations are recognized worldwide and will open up new opportunities for a career in global health.

When you are not traveling, you will be spending your time working as a hospitalist at the UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. You will have the opportunity to rotate through many of our floors/services, including the cardio-hospitalist unit, geriatrics unit, step-down unit, consult team, admissions team, and procedure team. During your hospitalist months, we will schedule your procedure, ultrasound and wound care training as well as global health lectures and journal club. 

Our hope through this fellowship is to give you a very hands-on and immersive experience that will mold you into an effective global health physician. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the fellowship or if you would like to partner with us in any of our global health projects.  

We are excited about the possibility of working with you. 


Jill Aragón Neely, MD, CTropMed®
UAB HSF Global Health Fellowship Director
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
UAB Hospital, Hospitalist Services

“The UABHSF Gorgas Global Health and Tropical Medicine fellowship combined everything that I was looking for in a program in order to start my career in global health— ultrasound training, bedside procedure training, Spanish language immersion, an intensive tropical medicine curriculum through Gorgas, exposure to the field of public health and tropical medicine in our own country, and flexibility in selecting several clinical experiences in resource-limited settings. The program and, in particular, the people with whom I’ve worked have far exceeded my expectations for my fellowship training, despite a global pandemic. I am so happy I chose to join this program!”

Kathryn Kass, MD – UAB Gorgas Global Health and Tropical Medicine Fellow 2020-2021

“As a global health fellow during this unprecedented year, I have learned how important our clinical skills are in resource-limited settings, as basic laboratories and imaging are not readily available.”

Gretchen Carpintero Ramirez, MD – UAB Gorgas Global Health and Tropical Medicine Fellow 2020-2021

Program Overview

The fellowship is a two year program that starts in July, ends in June and includes the following rotations: Ultrasound Course, Procedure Course, Wound Care Course, Spanish Immersion Course in Nicaragua, Tropical Medicine Course at the Gorgas Institute of Tropical Medicine in Peru, Harvard Humanitarian Course in Boston, tropical medicine rotations in Zambia, Panama, Australia, and Singapore. In addition, you will be working as part of the UAB Hospitalist group while in the U.S., where you will have the opportunity to hone your ultrasound skills, work as a proceduralist, and practice medicine in different units of a large academic hospital.


  • Must have completed Internal Medicine Residency in the U.S
  • ABIM board eligible
  • U.S. Citizen


  • Accepting Applications: June 1
  • Fellow Selection: October 15
  • Start Date: July 1


  • Send your CV to janeely@uabmc.edu
  • Submit your application using the APPLY button below
  • Send a minimum of 2 recommendation letters to janeely@uabmc.edu
  • We will contact you via telephone to schedule an interview