Taylor Shadowing & Taylor Public Health

Applications due February 26, 2014.

Fifty years ago, Ruth and Vernon Taylor established the Ruth and Vernon Taylor Fellowship at Macalester College. This endowment supports students in their explorations of health and health care professions. The Taylor Fellowship Program offers two types of summer fellowships: the Taylor Shadowing Fellowship is designed to enable students to explore the work of health care professionals in clinical settings, and the Taylor Public Health Fellowship provides stipends for students to work within the field of public health.

The Taylor Shadowing Fellowship provides a stipend for students to shadow health care professionals (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, midwives, veterinarians, dentists, physical therapists, etc.) in clinical settings for 50 hours during the summer. Students are encouraged to explore the work of multiple professionals in various settings to compare questions of interest to them personally as they discern whether a career in health care is right for them. Students may shadow health care practitioners in any location in the world. Assistance is provided to shape the experience to suit individual interests and to establish contact with potential mentors.

The Taylor Public Health Fellowship provides a stipend to cover 9-10 weeks of half-time work in a public health environment. Students have worked in a wide variety of settings: research (e.g., epidemiology), governmental agencies (e.g., state departments of health), non-profit organizations (e.g., Planned Parenthood) and others. Students may secure additional funding from other sources to extend the hours or duration of their work. Assistance is provided to find a site and supervisor/mentor or a student may pursue work or an agency on their own. Contact Liz Jansen to learn about potential sites and opportunities.

Read about some past Taylor Public Health Fellows' experiences

Exploring Health Professions

Disaster Dude

When Disaster Strikes

To apply for the Taylor Shadowing Fellowship:

1. Application Cover Sheet

2. Write a cover letter to the Taylor Shadowing Fellowship Selection Committee that describes your schooling, interests and career goals, and also answers the following questions:

i. What are you specifically interested in exploring within health professions? This should lay the groundwork for comparisons you wish to make in your fellowship experience. For example, some students wish to explore the differences between the work of a physician and a dentist. Some may want to compare urban and rural health care settings. Some may wish to compare the work of a physician in their home town with that of a physician in the Twin Cities. Take time to ponder your own interests and where you are in your own discernment process. The committee wants to see that you are prepared to make the most of your fellowship experience.

ii. Given that there are always more applicants than available fellowship support, discuss how this fellowship will help you in your discernment process. That is, how will this help you to explore your areas of interest and make a real difference for you? Describe what you hope to gain insight into and learn. Include your major(s), minor(s), concentration and anticipated graduated date.  What other experiences (if any) have you had that have shaped your sense of health care? What other plans do you have for your summer? The Taylor Shadowing Fellowship is a great complement to other activities.

3. In your letter, provide the names of the two people you have asked to provide letters of recommendation. One or both may be faculty members, but least one person should be able to speak to your academic strengths and interests. Recommendations may either be in standard letter format or the Taylor Fellowship Recommendation Form may be used.  Letters should be sent directly to pfalz@macalester.edu with your last name in the subject line.

Taylor Fellowship Recommendation Form

4. Download a copy of your academic transcript. Confirm that it is in a readable format. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

To apply for the Taylor Public Health Fellowship:
1. Application Cover Sheet

2. Write a cover letter to the Taylor Public Health Fellowship Selection Committee that describes your schooling, interests and career goals, and answers the following questions:

i. What are you interested in exploring within public health? This should include ideas (or contacts if you have them) for the types of areas in public health or agencies that you are interested in for your fellowship. The committee wants to understand your experiences and interest areas in the huge field of public health and to see that you understand how the field is organized and/or agencies work. This enables the committee to see that you are prepared to make the most of your fellowship experience. You do not need to have a site or mentor firmly lined up at the time of application, although preference is given to proposals that have been more thoroughly developed.

ii. Given that there are always more applicants than available fellowship support, discuss how this fellowship will help you gain experience in your area of interest. That is, how will this help you to explore your areas of interest and make a real difference for you? Describe what you hope to gain insight into and learn. Include your major(s), minor(s), concentration and anticipated graduated date. How have your coursework and other experiences (study away, internships, volunteer opportunities, etc.) prepared you for the work you'd like to do?

3. In your letter, provide the names of the two people you have asked to provide letters of recommendation. One or both may be faculty members, but least one person should be able to speak to your academic strengths and interests. Recommendations may either be in letter format or the Taylor Fellowship Recommendation Form may be used.  Letters should be sent directly to pfalz@macalester.edu with your last name in the subject line.

Taylor Fellowship Recommendation Form

4. Download a copy of your academic transcript. Confirm that it is in a readable format.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Questions?
If you have questions about the fellowships or application process, contact Liz Jansen, Taylor Fellowship Program Director, or better yet, sign up on her office door (220 Olin-Rice) for an appointment to meet. Send your application materials to Patty Byrne Pfalz electronically no later than noon on the due date. Notifications will be made by mid-March.

Liz Jansen, Taylor Fellowship Program Director,
Patty Byrne Pfalz,

To learn more about the Taylor Fellowship experience, interested individuals may contact 2013 Taylor fellows. These students completed shadowing fellowships: Bonnie Bentson, Sarah Blau, Brian Caldwell, Emily Ewan, Anna Munson, Andrew Olinger, Annie Serra, Laurel Thompson, Tiffani Turinski, Hannah Whitis.

These students completed public health fellowships in 2013: Merita Bushi, Jyothi Dhanwada, Lizzy Magnuson, Amy Tran.