The Pediatric Global Oncology and Blood Disorders Education (GLOBE) Program – part of the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Global Health Initiative – hosts visiting pediatricians and nurses 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 or nurse.
The GLOBE Program accepts international pediatricians and nurses 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.
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 and nurses 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.
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:
Required experience and qualifications
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
Other non-eligible applicants may visit the Boston Children’s Hospital Observership Program webpage to learn more and check their eligibility.
Verbal and written English proficiency is mandatory for participation in the GLOBE Program. Proof of language proficiency, medical terminology, and an online interview (e.g., Skype) are required. It is expected that content in the GLOBE application reflects the applicant’s own work and independent critical thinking. If pre-selected, applicants are required to conduct the online interview independently without any form of external assistance (for example, online translation, translator, dictionary, etc.).
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 and Accommodations
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
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. Scholars receive a check upon arrival and are responsible for any costs and activities associated with processing the check.
Timeframe and deadlines
The GLOBE Program has durations of four to eight weeks. The participant’s stay cannot exceed eight weeks. The program runs twice
a year – in the spring and fall.
The GLOBE Fall 2018 rotation will start on Monday, October 15, 2018 and run until Friday, December 7, 2018. The application deadline for GLOBE Fall 2018 is Friday, June 15, 2018 at midnight (EST).
Note: GLOBE participants must receive the appropriate immunizations prior to entering the United States. Please review the immunization requirements.
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