International Research Fellowship

The International Research Fellowship provides an opportunity for candidates to work intimately with nationally recognized academic surgeons at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. The goals of this program, in addition to conducting research, include establishing international relationships and opportunities for fellows to personally observe the acute care surgery system in the United States so that they can share their experience with their home countries.

Fellows are expected to be an integral part of the Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn and Emergency Surgery, participating in basic and clinical research studies and interacting with the trauma teams in daily didactic sessions. The Division targets several large meetings each year, including the AAST, EAST, ASA, ASC, WTA, SCCM, and the ACS.

Research fellows are expected to publish manuscripts under the guidance of faculty. As the only Level I Trauma Center serving southwestern Arizona, western New Mexico and northern Mexico, our large patient population forms the basis of all our investigations; research fellows work closely with our trauma registry coordinators to accrue data.

Read the article UA Attracts Top International Trauma Fellows Whose Research Helps Set the Standard of Care.


Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn and Emergency Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Arizona in Tucson


Bellal Joseph, MD, FACS - Division Chief, Trauma, Critical Care, Burns, and Emergency Surgery, Professor of Surgery


The University of Arizona
College of Medicine
Department of Surgery
1501 N Campbell Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85724


We will be accepting applications for the 2019-20 academic year starting August 1, 2019.


A letter of interest and current Curriculum Vitae in English. The letter should state your intent, such as to broaden academic experience. It should also state your plans after expiration of visa and your current level of education/experience.

  • Copy of medical school diploma and letter from medical school
  • Successful completion of the Step 2 CS Exam
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • FULL comprehension of the English language, both written and oral (successful completion of the TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Meet criteria for securing a qualifying visa to remain in the United States for the period of duration of this fellowship and that you obtain such visa from the United States Embassy in your country of origin
  • Duration of fellowship should be a minimum of 12 months
  • Certificate of complete vaccination
  • Recent PPD test (TB test) - if positive, then provide a copy of normal chest x-ray report (within 6 months)
  • One passport-sized picture

To apply, please email Bellal Joseph, MD:

Before applying, please take a look at additional international_research_fellowship_program_information1.pdf to ensure that all requirements can be met. 

Program Contacts:

Bellal Joseph, MD
Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn and Emergency Surgery
The University of Arizona
Department of Surgery

Sandra Patricia Barcelo (Patty)
Program Coordinator, Sr.
Phone: (520) 626-6302

International Research Fellows

Muhammad Zeeshan