What would an OpenMRS Fellowship Program look like?

We welcome many new developers through various mentorship programs, such as GSoC, GCI, and Andela. As a result, our pipeline is full of /dev 1s, /dev2s, and equivalent who are eager and interested in continuing to contribute to OpenMRS. We steer them to new tasks and projects as best we can - and at some point, the limited availability of more experienced community members (/dev4, /dev 5 or equivalent) makes it challenging for these newer contributors to take on and complete community projects - and advance to higher /dev levels.

I’d like to put together a one page concept note that describes what such a program would look like and use this to get funding to at least kick off this kind of program. I know that @burke, @maurya, @ssmusoke, @darius and others started brainstoming ideas about this kind of program (As historic "core devs" move on, where do we go from here?), so I hope you’ll comment on and add on what I’ve started to pull together below:

This program would aim to:

  • Expand capacity within the OpenMRS community and participating implementations to enhance and maintain OpenMRS technical products
  • Increase availability of experienced OpenMRS developers (dev/3, dev/4, dev/5) to mentor up and coming developers in the community to enhance, maintain, and assure the quality of OpenMRS technical products

Note that this does not need to be limited to developers. We could have fellowships focus on business analysis/design, documentation, implementation, etc.

Added benefit: These fellows and mentors can serve as a pool of community developers available to work on community priorities.

Approach:

  • Fellowship targets /dev2, /dev3, /omrs2, /omrs/3, or equivalent.
    • Qualify if you have completed GSoC, GCI, or other mentorship program (i.e: Andela)
  • 12-month program focused on core OpenMRS community projects
  • Each OpenMRS Fellow undertakes at least four projects over the course of the year, each of which build their skills in a different technical area
  • At the end of the 12 months, can elect to do three month rotations working with active OpenMRS implementations
  • Each OpenMRS Fellow is paired with an OpenMRS Community Mentor and a point of contact with one or more active implementations.
  • OpenMRS Community Mentors are /dev4, /dev5, or equivalent
  • Mentors receive a stipend based on Purchasing Power Parity (PPP). To see how Google uses PPP as a base for their GSoD technical writer stipend, click here.

Here are a few ideas about the different technical areas that fellows/mentors could work in:

  • Platform
  • DevOps
  • Application framework
  • Security
  • Quality assurance
  • Content management
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