• Pediatric Global Oncology and Blood Disorders Education (GLOBE) Program

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    The Pediatric Global Oncology and Blood Disorders Education (GLOBE) Program – part of the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Global Health Initiative – hosts visiting pediatricians from developing and underdeveloped countries. The GLOBE Program is an observership experience in which participants attend patient rounds and other clinical activities, as well as participate in teaching conferences under the supervision of a Dana-Farber/Boston Children's staff physician. During their stay, GLOBE Scholars are also expected to design or participate in a clinical, quality, or research project of their own under the mentorship of a Dana-Farber/Boston Children's staff physician.

    The GLOBE Program accepts international pediatricians who have either already completed training in pediatric hematology and/or oncology or are in their last year of training and are committed to pursuing a career in the field of pediatric cancer and/or blood disorders. Priority is given to applicants from low- and middle-income countries (as defined by the World Bank Classification System), but applicants from high-income countries are eligible to apply, as well. During the GLOBE Program, participants learn how pediatric oncology care is delivered in our institution, how our medical teams and departments are structured and interact, and how the latest diagnostic techniques and protocols are implemented in our Institution. The GLOBE Scholars are also encouraged to share their own experience and expertise with our trainees and staff.

    The GLOBE Scholars can attend a minimum of one and a maximum of two consecutive service rotations. Each service rotation is four weeks long, during which each participant will be assigned to rotate through two of our five disease programs: (1) Benign Hematology, (2) Hematologic Malignancies, (3) Solid Tumors, (4) Neuro-Oncology, and (5) Stem Cell Transplantation. The GLOBE Scholar will work on a daily basis under the guidance and supervision of the service attending. In addition, each GLOBE Scholar will be paired with a clinician who will mentor the participant over the entire length of the program, meet the participant weekly, and oversee the participant’s individual project. We will do our best to meet the applicant’s requests for rotation in a specific service, but because we host national and international students and residents through other programs, placements are done based on availability.

    Due to government regulations, international visiting physicians at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or Boston Children’s Hospital may only participate in clinical activities as observers. These regulations prevent Scholars from having direct patient care responsibilities. Despite this, Scholars may observe clinical interactions fully and participate in bedside didactic teaching and help other team members with tasks that, though part of patient care, are not considered direct care (for example, literature searches regarding a clinical problem, and protocol review). All GLOBE Scholars must comply with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital Observership Policies at all times.

    Finally, it is important for applicants to realize that the GLOBE Program is an informal educational experience. It does not represent a formal subspecialty or fellowship training. Therefore, the GLOBE Scholars will receive a certificate of attendance describing their participation dates and activities, but will not receive any form of licensing or academic credit from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or Boston Children’s Hospital.

    GLOBE Scholars have come from these countries:

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    Pediatric GLOBE Scholar Requirements

    Required experience and qualifications

    Candidates must:

    • Have graduated from an accredited medical school and hold a medical degree.
    • Be currently practicing in pediatric hematology and/or oncology; be currently practicing in an ancillary subspecialty with special interest in pediatric hematology and/or oncology; or be in their last year of pediatrics training and be committed to pursuing a career in the field of pediatric hematology and/or oncology.

    Not eligible

    • Undergraduate, graduate, or medical students of any discipline;
    • Physicians from United States of America. The GLOBE Program is intended only for international physicians.

    National and international medical students may request more information and apply for clerkships at Harvard-affiliated hospitals through the Harvard Medical School Exchange Clerkship Program at: http://ecommons.med.harvard.edu/org.asp?exclerk


    Verbal and written English proficiency is mandatory for participation in the GLOBE Program. Proof of language proficiency, medical terminology, and a Skype interview are required.


    All international observers, who are not permanent residents or citizens of the U.S., must be in the U.S. on a tourist visa. Our Program does not sponsor anyone for the sole purpose of participating in the GLOBE Program or provide advice regarding visa status or requirements, which are determined by the U.S. State Department. We are able to provide a letter of acceptance to the GLOBE Program to help with the visa application process. Please note we do not assist or sponsor any part of the immigration process. For any questions or additional information about visas, please visit: travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html

    Travel and Accommodations

    Scholars are responsible for all personal, travel, lodging, and transportation expenses that result from participation. We will provide a list of resources collected from past participants, but the list provided is neither exclusive nor exhaustive.

    Fees and costs

    • $2,000 – Non-negotiable observership fee
    • $600 – Approximate living expenses per week (housing, meals, and transportation)


    We offer scholarships that cover some or all of the observership fee cost to applicants from low- and middle-income countries (as defined by the World Bank Classification System) who present a strong application and demonstrate financial hardship.

    Timeframe and deadlines

    The GLOBE Program has durations of either four or eight weeks. The participant’s stay cannot exceed eight weeks. The program runs twice a year – in the spring and autumn.

    Application deadlines for Spring 2017 will be announced in November 2016.

    Online application forms:

    If you have questions, please email us at globe@dfci.harvard.edu.