Fellowship Program Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Kraft Fellowship Program?

The Kraft Fellowship Program aims to develop a new generation of physician-leaders committed to tackling the challenge of health inequality at the policy, management, research, and patient care levels. Upon completion of the program, Kraft Fellows will go on to contribute to the field of community health and lead the development of new models of collaboration between academic medicine and community health centers, with the ultimate goal of helping to bring about improved health outcomes for underserved communities.

What are the Kraft Fellowship Program highlights?

Kraft Fellows will have access to academic, community health, and public policy leaders who will provide mentorship for project work as well as leadership development over the course of the program. Other elements of the program include:

  • Enrollment in a graduate degree program at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), or if the Fellow already has an advanced degree, an alternate program of formal study.
  • Community-based clinical practice at the community health center with which the Fellow is matched.
  • Completion of a scholarly project developed with guidance from the Fellow’s community health center and a faculty mentor. Projects may include: participation in community-based participatory research; design and implementation of a quality improvement initiative; or policy and/or program development related to an identified community need.
  • Participation in a bi-monthly seminar series that will include topics such as health policy and advocacy (local, state, and federal), public health (including populations management and social determinants of health), organization and financing of community-based care providers, community-based participatory research, patient centered medical homes, and leadership development.
  • Engagement in informal learning experiences including: discussions with community health leaders; visits to innovative health programs; attendance at legislative hearings and policy forums.
  • Community service via participation in community health-related activities.
  • Opportunities to participate in activities and conferences sponsored by leading hospitals, academic institutions, and public health agencies and organizations.
Does the Kraft Fellowship Program offer an advanced degree?

Yes, the Kraft Fellowship Program includes enrollment in the Masters of Public Health degree program at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). HSPH students will take courses that fulfill the requirements for one of two areas of concentration: Health and Social Behavior or Health Care Management and Policy.

Are physicians with advanced degrees eligible for the Kraft Fellowship Program?

Yes, physicians with advanced degrees are more than welcome to apply to the Kraft Fellowship Program.

How long is the Kraft Fellowship Program?

The Kraft Fellowship is a two-year program. For those Fellows who receive loan repayment via the Kraft Fellowship Program, there is also a three-year service obligation following completion of the program. (Please see below for more details).

When is the Kraft Fellowship Program offered?

The Kraft Fellowship Program is offered on an every-other-year basis. Please note that we are not accepting applications for the 2017 class and plan to re-open for the 2019 class in the fall of 2018 (when we will consider residents graduating in 2017, 2018, and 2019). Feel free to contact us directly with any questions about this at kraftcenterfellowship@partners.org.

 

What are the participating community health centers?

Community health centers are selected for participation in the Kraft Fellowship Program via a separate annual application process. Thus, the list of participating community health centers changes from year to year.

Who is eligible to apply?

Physicians who have completed an accredited residency program in one of the following disciplines are eligible for the Kraft Fellowship Program: internal medicine, primary care, pediatrics, medicine-pediatrics, family medicine, psychiatry or child psychiatry.

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

Yes, U.S. citizenship is a requirement of the program.

What is the timetable for applications and appointments?

Because the Fellowship is not accepting applications for the 2017 class, we plan to re-open for the 2019 class in the fall of 2018 (when we will consider residents graduating in 2017, 2018, and 2019). We will be posting more information and specific dates and details over the coming months. Feel free to contact us directly with any questions about this at kraftcenterfellowship@partners.org

The application for the Harvard School of Public Health is due on December 15, 2018 (the next Kraft Fellowship cohort will be for Academic Year 2019-2021).

 

How do I apply?

Kraft Fellowship Program applications are available on our Fellowship application page.

Completed applications should be e-mailed to: kraftcenterfellowship@partners.org

Hard copies of all application materials must also be mailed to:

Derri Shtasel, MD, MPH
Executive Director
Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health
25 New Chardon Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02114

How do references submit their letters of reference?

References should submit their letters of reference directly to The Kraft Center.

Letters of reference should be e-mailed to: kraftcenterfellowship@partners.org

Signed letters must also be mailed to:

Derri Shtasel, MD, MPH
Executive Director
Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health
25 New Chardon Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02114

Who selects the Kraft Fellows?

A review committee comprised of leaders from The Kraft Center, community health centers, and academic medicine is convened each year to review Kraft Fellowship Program applications and make selection decisions.

How many Kraft Fellows are in each Fellowship class?

There are up to two Kraft Fellows in each Fellowship class.

Is there any clinical work involved for Kraft Fellows?

Yes, clinical work in community settings is an important component of the Kraft Fellowship Program. Kraft Fellows are ‘matched’ with participating community health centers, where they practice three sessions per week for the duration of the program.

Is student loan repayment offered as part of the Kraft Fellowship Program?

Yes, the Kraft Fellowship Program offers loan repayment of up to $50,000 for loans incurred for undergraduate or graduate education.

Is there an obligated service component of the Kraft Fellowship Program?

Yes, the Kraft Fellowship Program has a three-year obligated service component. Kraft Fellows who accept loan repayment are required to make a full-time commitment to community health, which includes at least 50% direct clinical care, in any concurrent employment arrangements in the three years immediately following completion of the program. All obligated service arrangements are subject to the written approval of the Kraft Center Executive Director.

Does the Kraft Center offer other opportunities for physicians to become more involved in community health?

Yes. Physicians can also gain experience and training in the field of community health via the Kraft Practitioner Program. Find more information about the Kraft Practitioner Program.