RealSelf, the leading online community for consumers and doctors to share information about cosmetic treatments, announced a new fellowship that awards funding to physicians and medical professionals who donate their time and expertise to deliver medical care and training in highly underserved communities around the world.
The RealSelf Fellowship is designed to inspire and promote humanitarianism among the RealSelf physician community, raise awareness of the gap in access to reconstructive surgical care and build sustainable solutions that improve quality of life in developing countries.
RealSelf developed this program based on learnings from sponsoring medical trips to remote cities in Vietnam and India. Fellows will be awarded $7,500 to be applied toward travel expenses and supplies used in a medical training trip. To date, the company has spent more than $150,000 sponsoring physicians to support their humanitarian efforts abroad.
“Through the RealSelf Fellowship, we hope to ensure transformative care for those most in need and furthest from access,” said RealSelf Founder and CEO, Tom Seery. “Each fellowship will further our mission to bring confidence to people worldwide.”
The fellowship is open to physicians as well as surgical care teams who will volunteer their medical services or serve as volunteer educators to advance the skills of local doctors and staff in a range of medical needs, including hand surgery, burn reconstruction, microsurgery and advanced cleft techniques, as well as anesthesia, nursing, orthodontics, and physical and hand therapy.
RealSelf will evaluate applications twice per year. For trips taking place after November 1st, the initial application deadline is September 1st. Medical professionals interested in participating are invited to view eligibility requirements and complete the online application at realself.com/giving/fellowship.
RealSelf is the largest and most trusted online community for consumers to learn and share experiences about elective cosmetic procedures. More than 9 million people visit RealSelf each month to find out which treatments and providers live up to their promise of being “Worth It.” RealSelf is powered by unbiased experiences shared by consumers for hundreds of treatments, ranging from simple skincare to highly considered cosmetic surgery.