Leadership Fellowship Program

The NHMA Leadership Fellowship is an executive training program that started in 1999 and has supported the careers of over 100 Hispanic physicians who are working in the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, State, and City Health Commissioner positions, and academic leaders in medical schools, chief medical officers in federal clinics and private practice. 
The purpose of the NHMA Leadership Fellowship is to assist in the development of leadership potential among physician members of the National Hispanic Medical Association, in order to increase the number of skilled Hispanic physicians who may be eligible for entry to the pool of applicants for policy making and executive positions within state and federal government and the private sector at decision-making levels. The ultimate outcome is to improve the quality of health of all Americans. 
As part of this fellowship you will have the opportunity to serve in a national campaign sponsored by the CDC and Johnson & Johnson as an individual Vaccinate For All Champion. This Fellowship is sponsored by the CDC to equip physicians with the tools needed to become impactful leaders and physicians advocates who can bring meaningful change within the Hispanic community on national and local levels. 

Annual Conference

The fellowship program commences at NHMA Annual Conference where incoming fellows have the opportunity to meet one another in-person, as well as connect with previous NHMA Leadership Fellowship Alumni. As part of the program, the fellows are appointed to policy analysis teams to create policy recommendations for NHMA key advocacy priorities (Medical Education Diversity, Climate Justice, Mental Health). The fellows then present their projects at NHMA Annual Conference. 


Virtual Series 

Throughout the summer, the NHMA fellows participate in weekly virtual training seminars facilitated by Core Faculty. These weekly-Friday afternoon webinars take place from 2:00 - 4:00 PM ET, and consist of expert speakers from public health, media, advocacy and leaders from different stakeholders in the public health arena to address leadership skills and health disparities in the Hispanic community. 

Virtual Series

Washington D.C Institute Week 

A 5-day Washington D.C Institute trip is planned in September. During this week, seminars will be held and fellows will be meeting with the White House, HHS, OMH and their Congressional representative to discuss public health initiatives that benefit their Hispanic constituency.



Class of 2023 Leadership Fellowship 



Meet the Fellows 



Interested in becoming an NHMA Leadership Fellow? 

Required Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S licensed physician who are at least 5 years out of training 
  • Documented leadership experience
  • Commitment to serving the Latino community
  • Strong interest in public health and health policy at a federal level 
  • Must attend Orientation Workshop during NHMA's 30th Anniversary Health Leadership Summit in Washington, DC (April 10th - 12th, 2024) 
  • Participate in weekly virtual training sessions on Friday's from 2:00 - 4:00 PM ET (May 2024 - July 2024) 
  • Attend in-person Washington DC Institute Week (September 16 - 20, 2024)
  • In order to be considered please submit your personal statement, CV, and letter of recommendation.

For more information regarding the leadership fellowship program, please contact program coordinator, Madeline Canas 




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