The Foundation funds approximately four fellowships per year to senior faculty from Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health. Selection of the winning proposals is based on the unique benefits that the candidate stands to gain, as well as the likelihood that those benefits will carry over to CMC faculty and student colleagues after the fellow’s return.
Empowering faculty to learn the latest and bring it back to CMC
The awards are frequently for projects that are both academic and research-related. Fellowships provide CMC faculty members funding to cover living expenses while spending 6-12 weeks at a top U.S. institution.
A fellow’s acquired knowledge needs to directly apply to a current or planned CMC project or major initiative, as well as:
- introduce the Fellow to U.S. colleagues and potential valuable collaborators in future precedent-setting research at CMC;
- introduce CMC to Heads of Departments in research centers where future fellowship projects could be undertaken; and
- present CMC as a strong potential research partner in future global projects.
Each returning fellow submits a full report detailing the project’s objectives and its outcomes within 12 months of the start of the fellowship. The Foundation acts as a liaison to the Fellow during his/her U.S. study leave and receives the final report to complete the Fellowship requirements.
The Scudder Association, one of our Institutional Members and a generous funder, recently sponsored a Scudder Association Fellowship as part of their annual gift to the Foundation.
Drs. Elizabeth Joseph & Walter Nixon Bring Computed Tomography (CT) Knowledge to CMC
In 2010 the Foundation supported radiologist Dr. Elizabeth Joseph during her fellowship at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Similarly, CMC Radiologist Walter Nixon worked with doctors at London’s renowned Royal Brompton Hospital Cardiovascular Unit in 2009. Together these professionals brought CMC the knowledge and skills required to successfully gain funding for the latest Computed Tomography (CT) scanner, the Spiral CT. On behalf of CMC, the Foundation submitted a successful request to USAID-ASHA in 2011-2012 for $600,000 towards this new state-of-the-art equipment that produces three-dimensional pictures of internal organs, including a beating heart. Our success was based in part on the presence of trained and experienced faculty who would ensure a successful launch of the new service. The new Spiral CT scanner should be in place at CMC by mid-2014, enhancing patient care, and playing an important role in evaluating patients in research studies.
Dr. Abraham Peedicayil Brings Robotic Surgery to CMC
CMC Gynecologist Dr. Abraham Peedicayil was a Faculty Fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. One of the clinical specializations he became proficient in during his study leave was the use of the da Vinci Robotic System in ObGyn surgeries. With his U.S. experience and longstanding knowledge of the needs of CMC’s patients, Dr. Peedicayil is guiding the design of a new Center of Excellence for Robotic Surgery that promises to have wide-ranging applications to benefit patients and surgeons alike.