International Research Fellowship

International Research Fellowship

The goals of this program, in addition to research opportunities, include establishment of international relationships and for the fellow to personally observe the acute care surgery system in the United States. This fellowship will allow candidates to bring research and systems experience back to their country.




Bellal Joseph, MD, FACS

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 - Tucson. The goals of this program, in addition to conducting research, include establishing international relationships and opportunities for fellows to observe personally 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 ACS.

Research fellows are expected to publish manuscripts under the guidance of faculty. As the only Level-I Trauma Center serving southern 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.


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 - Tucson
Department of Surgery
1501 N Campbell Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85724


The application consists of a letter of interest and a current Curriculum Vitae in English. The letter should state your intent — for example, to broaden academic experience. It should also state your plans after visa expiration and your current level of education/experience. You will also need:

  • A copy of your medical school diploma and a letter from your medical school.
  • To have successfully completed the Step-2 CS Exam.
  • At least two letters of recommendation.
  • FULL comprehension of the English language, both written and oral (verified in the form of successful completion of the TOEFL or IELTS).
  • To meet criteria for securing a qualifying visa to remain in the United States for the period of duration of this fellowship. This visa must be obtained from the United States Embassy in your country of origin.
  • To commit to a fellowship duration of at least 12 months.
  • A certificate of complete vaccination.
  • A recent PPD test (TB test) - if positive, then provide a copy of normal chest x-ray report (within 6 months).
  • One passport-sized picture.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please email Dr. Bellal Joseph:

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, FACS
Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn and Emergency Surgery
The University of Arizona
Department of Surgery

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