Yale/Stanford Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars Program

The Johnson & Johnson Global Health Program aims to build the capacity of health care at each of its established sites.  Our goal is to build longstanding Yale/Stanford Johnson & Johnson Health Overseas Partnerships in Education Centers (HOPE Centers) by focusing our scholars and resources at each of the sites. The program seeks to develop partnerships of patient-centered care and teaching models in low resource settings.  

Rotations are 4-6 weeks long and are available for residents who will have completed at least their internship year of training in an accredited United States program in Internal Medicine, Primary Care, Family Medicine, Med/Peds, or Emergency Medicine by July 2017 for the 2017-2018 program year.

Supported sites include:

  • Borneo, Alam Sehat Lestari Health in Harmony
  • Colombia, Hospital Universidad del Valle (HUdV) & Hospital Fundacion Valle del Lili (HFVdL) – Spanish fluency required
  • Liberia, JFK Memorial Medical Center –  site is currently closed
  • Rwanda, King Faisal Hospital
  • South Africa, Church of Scotland Hospital in Tugela Ferry
  • Uganda, Makerere College of Health Sciences & Mulago Hospital

We work to strengthen health care infrastructure and diagnostic skills at host settings, to diminish “brain drain” from the developing world by building bilateral partnerships, and to develop an effective response to the host country’s specific health care needs. The Yale/Stanford Johnson & Johnson HOPE Centers are marked by resource support, enhanced clinical research, and medical education and exchange at each level of the continuing medical education process. 

Resident salary is covered while overseas. Airfare, housing, health insurance, evacuation, and meals are provided through the competitive stipend award. 

Working with Limited Resources Teaches Humility in Medicine

Throughout the academic year, many Department of Medicine residents and faculty spend time working overseas or hosting international collaborators on campus.

Stanford participants recount life-changing experiences in global health program

Tom Nguyen performs surgery with colleagues at a hospital in Asmara, Eritrea, as part of the Yale/Stanford Johnson & Johnson Scholars Program, which sends U.S. doctors abroad.


Although Yale and Stanford residents are given preference for award eligibility, we do offer a few funded awards to outstanding applications from other residency programs as well as to senior career physicians.

Application Information

The application cycle for the 2017-2018 program year is now closed.

All Stanford scholars selected for the 2017-2018 program year will be required to attend the Pre-Departure Orientation on June 3, 2017.