The Pediatric Global Oncology and Blood Disorders Education (GLOBE) Program – part of the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) – 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 may be 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 experiences 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:
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Required experience and qualifications
Physician candidates must:
Nursing candidates must:
National and international medical students may
request more information and apply for clerkships at Harvard-affiliated
hospitals through the Harvard Medical School Exchange Clerkship
Other non-eligible applicants may visit the Boston
Children’s Hospital's International Health Services webpage to learn more
and check their eligibility for their Observership Program.
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.).
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.
scholarships to eligible accepted GLOBE Scholars from low- and middle-income
countries (as defined by the World Bank Classification System) who present a
strong application and demonstrate financial hardship. The scholarship covers
roundtrip airfare to/from Boston, a weekly stipend of $600, institutional fees,
program administration fees, training costs, supplies, and other observership
costs. GLOBE Scholars receive a check for their weekly stipend upon arrival and
are responsible for any costs and activities associated with processing the
Local Accommodations and Living
GLOBE Scholars are
responsible for making arrangements for all personal, travel, lodging, and
transportation activities that result from participation to the GLOBE Program,
such as finding housing, arranging local transportation, and other local living
considerations. We provide a list of housing resources collected from past
participants, but the list serves only as a reference and is neither exclusive
Onboarding and Clearance
All GLOBE Scholars
are responsible for communicating directly with Human Resources and
Occupational Health Services at both Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston
Children’s Hospital, complying with all screening requirements at both
institutions, and receiving clearance from both institutions at least one month
before their start date. GLOBE participants must receive the appropriate
immunizations prior to entering the United States. Please review the
immunization requirements from both Dana-Farber and Boston Children's.
Timeframe and Deadlines
The GLOBE Program
has a typical duration of four to eight weeks (usually six weeks). The
participant’s stay cannot exceed eight weeks. The program typically runs twice a year –
in the spring and fall – and start dates are announced on a yearly basis.
Submission deadlines are announced on this webpage and vary for spring and fall
Application deadline: Friday, November 29, 2019
Due to COVID-19, GLOBE 2020 was postponed to 2021.
Applications for GLOBE 2021 are now closed and GLOBE Scholars have been selected for GLOBE 2021.
An update on the GLOBE Program and application deadlines will be announced in 2021.
In addition to the GLOBE Program, the GHI occasionally
accepts ad-hoc, non-competing applications from observers who meet the above
criteria and are self-funded through a scholarship, grant, fellowship, or other
The observership criteria, requirements, and process for
non-GLOBE applicants are the same as GLOBE Scholars (see above). The cost of a
typical six-week observership for non-GLOBE applicants varies, and it includes
institutional fees, program administration costs, curriculum development,
training costs, and materials, supplies, and other observership expenses.
Applicants are responsible for all additional personal costs during the
observership such as travel, housing, transportation, meals, living, and other
expenses. To inquire about non-competing observership opportunities and
details, please email us at email@example.com.
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