Global Women's Health Advanced Training Program



Program Overview

The Michigan Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Advanced Training Program in Global Women's Health is a two-year program in which graduates of accredited OBGYN residency programs gain clinical and research skills vital to ongoing careers in Global Women’s Health, including:

    • Patient care in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC)
    • Clinical, health services, and implementation science research
    • Capacity building
    • Program development and evaluation

Our goal is to help advanced trainees identify their paths as future leaders in global women’s health and to provide them with resources for success.

Core Program Components

Clinical Training

Trainees will be trained in the application of any and all of the department’s clinical programs to Global contexts. Clinical work will take place primarily at Michigan Medicine (12-16 months) and at one or more low and middle-income countries (LMIC - 8-12 months). The posting will be arranged immediately after acceptance to provide a coordinated experience that melds the research and clinical career goals of the trainee. 

Research Experience

Research may be conducted on a broad range of global women’s health topics. The Trainee could readily work with an interdisciplinary team tailored to the Trainee’s experience and career goals. Research experience will culminate in three projects:

    • A systematic or narrative literature review
    • A secondary data analysis project
    • A clinical, health services, or policy research project involving original data collection

The department has funding that the Trainee may apply for to supplement their research projects.


Education in global health is a combination of regular mentorship meetings, on-the-ground experience in LMICs, participation in university-wide global health programs, seminars, and workshops, and auditing of masters-level courses (selected to complement the trainee's area of focus). 

University-wide global health and women’s health programs:

Opportunities for Masters-Level Coursework:

Michigan Medicine Didactic Curriculum

The Department is home to 10 Board-certified and non-Board certified clinical and research fellowships in obstetrics and gynecology. To promote cross-specialty collaboration, all trainees take part in our Michigan Medicine Didactic Curriculum. These are ½ day educational seminars on numerous topics relevant to clinical research and academic leadership.  Topics include research design and implementation, identifying funding opportunities, manuscript timelines and preparation, how to be an effective teacher, and employment contracts. In addition, the department sponsors social events for fellows and advanced trainees across all specialties to further encourage collaboration and to help fellows build both a professional and personal network.

Expert Mentorship

A Mentorship Team, consisting of the Program Director, a methodological expert, and a content expert, will support the Trainee during the program and throughout the Trainee’s career trajectory.

International Travel

International travel for training, service provision and research will be an integral part of the Trainee’s experience. Fellows will spend 8-12 months of their fellowship in a LMIC. Program and University faculty members have carried out reproductive health research in more than 50 countries, with a focus in Ghana and Ethiopia, and have significant ties to the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international health and family planning organizations. In addition,  there are a variety of institutional resources available for collaboration and support.


Application Information

  • Completion of a residency program accredited by ACGME

  • Completion of all three USMLE exams

Due to Department of Labor prevailing wage regulations, we cannot consider applicants with any type of visa. 
We do not review CREOG scores in our assessment of applicants. Score reports are not required.

Applications for the 2023-2025 fellowship position have closed. Our next fellowship position will be for a July 2025 start, with planned recruitment starting in the summer of 2024. Please contact the Program Director, Dr. Emma Lawrence, with any questions.



The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and generous benefits to our fellows and advanced trainees. Trainee salary will be commensurate with that of a House Officer at an equivalent level of training based on the HOA contract. More information about trainee salary, benefits, and employment eligibility are available on the University of Michigan House Officers Association website.

Program Leadership

Dee E. Fenner, M.D.

Department Chair

Emma Lawrence, M.D., M.S.

Program Director

Maeve Sullivan

Program Manager
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5276
(734) 764-7261