Health Policy Scholar Christopher Watson Selected as GE-National Medical Fellow

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Fourth-year medical student and Health Policy Scholar,Christopher Watson, is headed to Ghana for two months to serve acutely ill patients in the western African nation. Watson has been selected as a fellow for the 2015 GE-NMF Global Health Fellows Program and awarded a $5,000 scholarship made possible by the GE Foundation.

Fourteen students were chosen from across the nation, and two students were chosen from Meharry, including Watson. The fellowship will span from March 22 to May 5, 2015.

The GE-NMF Global Health Fellows Program provides a two-month, all-expenses paid, mentored clinical experience in the provision of primary healthcare in Ghana and Kenya. This program provides opportunities to learn 
about the management of acutely ill patients and seeks to improve population health, strengthen local hospital capacity and build a cadre of global health practitioners. Fellows are actively involved in healthcare delivery and institutional assessment relevant to their academic programs. Fellows are paired with host hospitals, national health services and academic institutions and are given a $5000 scholarship upon completion of the program and submission of all requirements.

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Additionally, Watson has been selected for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Student to Service Program. Medical students in their final year at an accredited U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical school, are committed to primary care and have eligible student loans can apply to the NHSC Students to Service Program.

Watson will receive $120,000 in loan repayment for committing to serve at an approved NHSC site full time for at least 3 years (or half time for at least 6 years) following the completion of his primary care residency.

The Center congratulates Mr. Watson on all of his accomplishments.