Medical Fellowships in the USA
University fellowships – that is, a selection of the very best academic minds in any given field – are a fantastic way to build upon research, develop ideas, and revolutionise the subjects in which they exist. In fact, they are absolutely invaluable to fields of study such as medicine, sports sciences, history, foreign languages, and the humanities and social sciences, helping to further develop an understanding of each. While the fields of study for any given fellowship are varied and numerous, one factor remains the same; they are usually sponsored by a benefactor – an interested party keen for development and change in that subject.
Therefore, just what does it take to achieve a fellowship in America?
Achieving a medical fellowship in the USA
The requirements to achieve a fellowship at a US university may fluctuate depending on the institution or field of study, but generally ask that a person has a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in the subject. They must already be enrolled on a graduate program at the university, and they must maintain a certain GPA – Grade Point Average – for the duration of their study; no mean feat when you consider the workload that is ‘enjoyed’ by many American students already. While each fellowship opportunity will attract relatively high levels of interest due to the fantastic opportunities available to fellows, perhaps the most sought after are those in sport and medicine; two of the world’s most studied fields. Indeed, medical fellowships can be particularly rewarding, considering the amazing discoveries that can be made. This leaves little room for mistakes when applying.
The role of benefactors in medical fellowships
While incredibly beneficial to universities, and the field of study in which a fellowship is established, they can also be costly; after all, they are designed to support the fellows’ work for the duration of the research period, which can often last a number of years. It is at times such as this that the support of a benefactor, or patron, becomes particularly important to a university, and this sponsorship can often help them to expand research, and support further development within a field such as medicine; invaluable in itself.
So, who are these sponsors? Generally speaking, a benefactor will be a wealthy member of society with a particular interest in the field of study. Take, for example, Taha Mikati, the father of M1 Group, CEO Azmi Mikati of M1 Group and co-founder of the very same investment holdings firm. Wholly passionate about the medical sciences and improvement of the diagnosis and treatment of certain conditions, as well as the advancement of education in the Middle East, he co-founded The Mikati Foundation, and its associated fellowship, with the aim of bridging a gap between talented individuals in the developing world and well-known academic and international institutions. This dedication has, in turn, established a number of professorships, which allow medical professionals, researchers, and student to continue valuable research, while funding the education of students from the Middle East and enabling them to study at the University of Chicago.
Medical fellowships are essential to the future of medicine, the medical sciences, and the ways in which we diagnose, understand, and treat, a whole range of conditions. They are, therefore, notoriously difficult to achieve, due to the competitive nature of medical researchers and the high standards held by American universities; they can afford to hold out for the best, and frequently do. The role of benefactors in these fellowships is absolutely essential, as they provide the funding for further research, support the work of the university in any given field, and offer their experience, knowhow, and passion to a fellowship’s cause; wholly admirable, and imperative qualities.
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