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Mabelle Arole Fellowship 2015-2016

The Mabelle Arole Fellowship was founded in 2000, in collaboration with
JSI Research and Training and the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).

Application Deadline: January 15, 2015

  • Are you currently a Pre-Med?
  • Are you interested in international health?
  • Do you want to learn about community-based health programming in a developing country?
  • Can you "rough it" for one year in rural India?

If you meet the eligibility requirements, consider applying to be a Mabelle Arole Fellow for 2015-2016. JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc is currently accepting applications. The Mabelle Arole Fellows:

  • Learn about community-driven programming, how it works, and how it contributes to a community's well-being.
  • Live and work at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP), Jamkhed, India, for almost one year.
  • Work with one of the best primary health projects in the world.
  • Learn about the priority health care areas addressed: community-based primary care, women's health, under-fives care, family planning, control of chronic illnesses, prevention of infectious diseases, and integrated rural development.
  • Work on a project, depending on current CRHP activities and your interest.

One U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has been accepted to medical school but has not begun yet will be accepted to this year-long program based in Jamkhed, India. Read about the history of the CRHP Project in Jamkhed. Informative materials, including the book, Jamkhed, written by the Aroles ($15), are available through Alex Kaysin (tel: 347-254-2524, e-mail: akaysin@gmail.com).

The Fellow should be prepared to travel to India in mid-June so that s/he can join the Summer Course. The Fellowship will extend until May 2016.

The Fellowship

Mabelle Arole FellowshipIn 2001, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc founded the Mabelle Arole Fellowship in honor of Dr. Mabelle Arole who died in 1999. The fellowship is named in memory of her dedication to the community and her wisdom to work with its members to determine what must be done and how to achieve improved child and maternal health status. Ravi Arole, Raj and Mabelle's son, assisted by his sister, Dr. Shobha Arole, manage the CRHP.

The Mabelle Arole Fellow will live, work, and learn in Jamkhed, India for one year. During that time, s/he will have experience in the hospital (in-patient and out-patient and in the field) and work on a project, depending on current CRHP activities and needs and your interest

The year begins with a 1-month course on community-based primary health care that starts in mid-June, with about 20 participants from around the world in the fields of public health, medicine and social sciences who want to experience CRHP's community-based approach to health and development in practice. The interactive curriculum includes focused discussions, field visits, group work and presentations on topics in the field of community-based health and development. For more information can be found on the CRHP/Jamkhed website. There is a good reference library on health and development.

Mabelle Arole FellowshipThe fellow will live and work on the CRHP compound, which includes the hospital, administration offices, training institute, and staff housing. Lodging is simple and basic (single or double room with a private or shared bathroom with Western-style toilet). There is a mess hall, which provides typical Indian meals. The fellow will stay in India for almost one year, at Jamkhed for 10 months and the opportunity to travel for one month (with the approval of Ravi Arole). The fellow will be paid a stipend of $8000 in quarterly payments. This covers housing, living expenses, and travel, including airfare to and from India.

In order to adapt to living at CRHP, you should be flexible, open, able to adapt appropriately to other cultures (including food), and interested in learning from others, especially village people. The Fellowship lasts until approximately early May 2015; the exact date is at the discretion of the Fellow.

Eligibility

Are you eligible to be the Mabelle Arole International Fellow?

To be eligible for the 2015-2016 fellowship year, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have completed your undergraduate degree by June 2015.
  • Have been accepted to a U.S. medical school by April 2015.
  • Join AMSA National as a medical member.
  • Be willing to defer your acceptance to medical school for one year.
  • Complete the application and other paperwork below.
  • Provide a medical certificate of health (if and when selected as fellow).
  • Be available for and have the resources to travel to Washington, DC for an interview on February 28, 2015.

Note: Current medical students are not eligible for this fellowship.

Selection Criteria

A committee will select finalists who will be notified by mid-February. Applicants must be available to attend an interview on Saturday, February 28, 2015. The fellow will be selected and notified by early March 2015.

The committee will choose a fellow based on the following:

  • Fulfillment of the above eligibility requirements
  • Completion of the Application Form
  • Essays
  • Interview(s)
  • References

Application Process

All applications and accompanying materials must be emailed to David Pyle (david_pyle@jsi.com) at JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc and received no later than close of business January 15, 2015 (proof of medical school acceptance will be accepted at a later date). There will be no exceptions.

Application or procedural questions should be directed to David Pyle at david_pyle@jsi.com or 503-894-8546 (Pacific Coast Time). For in-depth questions concerning Jamkhed and the fellow's activities, refer to the Jamkhed website or email the Jamkhed International Foundation at jif@jamkhed.org.

Application Checklist:

  1. Application Form with Essays
  2. Two Letters of Reference

    1. Please ask one person (preferably your pre-med advisor or someone else who can respond to the question) to answer the following question in one page or less: Given the nature of the fellowship and what is entailed, do you think the candidate would make a good fellow based on his/her dedication, interest in health, cultural sensitivity, and ability to adapt to new and different situations. Why or why not? Does the candidate take the initiative and work independently? Please explain.
    2. Personal reference (e.g. adaptability to 'foreign' situations; ability to get along with others, as peers and with poor; personality suitable for this experience; willingness to help others; motivation for wanting to be a doctor)

      Both letters should be emailed directly by the references to David Pyle at david_pyle@jsi.com.
  3. Resume - updated copy (including extracurricular activities, hobbies and interests) should accompany the completed application form. 

Mabelle Arole Fellowship

Mabelle Arole Fellowship

For more information about Jamkhed, India, check out the Nov 2008 issue of National Geographic Magazine.

Former Fellows

  • 2013-2014: Anirudh Kumar
    Ani completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia University, majoring in Sustainable Development and Anthropology. He plans to do his medical studies at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

  • 2012-2013: Aparna Krishnan
    Year End Report
    Aparna studied at Johns Hopkins University, concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Her work at Jamkhed focused on a study of chronic diseases. She will study at Johns Hopkins Medical School now that she's completed her year at Jamkhed.

  • 2011-2012: Conor McWade
    Year End Report
    Conor studied religion and neuroscience at Vanderbilt University. While at Jamkhed he devoted considerable time to the development of an adolescent boys program. Based on the findings of Knowledge, Attitude and Practice survey, he put together a curriculum and a way to evaluate the program's effectiveness. He attends Vanderbilt Medical School.  

  • 2010-2011: Saba Zariv
    Third Quarterly Report
    Saba is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley where she majored in Development Studies. She also received an MPH from the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. At the CRHP Saba worked on scaling up the Jamkhed model and conducted formative evaluations to determine community needs for a reproductive health program for adolescent males.

  • 2009-2010: Edgar Woznica
    Year End Report
    Edgar graduated from Brown University with a degree in Development Studies. At Jamkhed, he carried out research on mental health and trained the Village Health Workers on how to diagnose and deal with mental health issues. In addition, Edgar explored the prevalence of hypertension and diabetes among the project population. Edgar attends Brown University Medical School after spending a year in Antarctica conducting research at Palmer Station.

  • 2008-2009: Jeff Holzberg
    Year End Report
    Follow Jeff's experience in India at jeffisinindia.blogspot.com
    Jeff is originally from Atlanta, GA and graduated cum laude from Tufts University. He attends Emory Medical School. While an undergraduate, Jeff worked in clinics and hospitals in Ghana as well as Mexico and was a research assistant at CDC in Atlanta. After college, he was site coordinator for the National Student Partnership in the Bronx where he managed an office with college students who worked with low-income community members on housing, employment and health care.

  • 2007-2008: Bernadine Han
    Year End Report
    Bernie concentrated in Social Anthropology at Harvard College. During college she worked at a MCH center in Ghana and with Project HEALTH (Helping Empower, Advocate and Lead Through Health) to improve the health of pediatric patients from low-income families. After graduation she taught and completed her post-baccalaureate pre-medical program in California. After returning from Jamkhed in the fall of 2008, she attended the joint University of California, Berkeley-University of California, San Francisco Medical School.

  • 2006-2007: Amy Romer
    Year End Report

  • 2005-2006: Alexander Kaysin
    Year End Report

  • 2004-2005: Pranathi Lingam

  • 2003-2004: Shannon Straszewski
    Year End Report

  • 2002-2003: Jennifer Wipperman
    Year End Report