Global Health Program
Residents are able to go global with their training here at the University of Louisville. From incorporation of critical global health topics into core residency curriculum components such as our didactic program and our board review programs to participation in a full Global Health Certificate program, our global health experience continues to grow and evolve.
In 2010, the Division of International Pediatrics and the Office of Medical Education established collaborative agreements between University of Louisville and medical schools and teaching hospitals at two sites - Ecuador and Ghana. This led to International rotations in these two sites.
From there, our program has evolved to include a local Global Health elective titled Poverty and Social Justice in Child Health where the trainee experiences the challenges of providing care to our local low resource population. There is an added focus in this rotation on learning about the problems of refugee populations here in Louisville and the United States. There is a great deal of reading and reflection in this experience. We now have grown to include global health topics in our core noon conference curriculum and as a topic in our board prep series. Residents are also exposed to Global Health through our new Global Health Certificate Program which provides additional training and exposure to this increasingly critical area of medicine. Departmental funds are available to defray the costs of this the international rotations.
Our current agreements are with hospitals in Quito, Ecuador and Tamale, Ghana, though we are continually seeking additional international opportunities to build into our curriculum, and residents are encouraged to identify their own international opportunity that aligns with their specific focus. We have had residents go to various destinations throughout the world, such as Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Haiti. Our local rotation will have you experiencing refugee orientations to the US through refugee groups here in Louisville, work with our Family Health Center clinics and other clinics where our low resource and refugee populations are served. Learning the obstacles to feeding a family healthily on current government subsidy programs such as SNAP and experiencing the challenges of public transportation to get to a clinic appointment on time.
International Rotation Goals
The main goal of this rotation is to develop a global perspective on child health through the practice of medicine in a less industrialized setting and a different cultural setting. Below are the specific goals we aim to achieve.
- To provide hands-on experience in international child health for residents;
- To encourage the development of professional values and skills as global pediatricians;
- To develop a global perspective on child health through the practice of medicine in a less industrialized setting and a different cultural context;
- To improve physical diagnostic skills through clinical experience in a less sophisticated technological setting;
- To build medical knowledge through exposure to a variety of infectious, gastrointestinal, nutritional and other diseases seen more frequently or with different presentations in less industrialized countries;
- To gain empathy and experience in addressing the health care needs of under-served communities through exposure to alternative modes of health care delivery and resource allocation;
- To develop professional values through exposure to different philosophies of medical ethics, patient-provider relationships and child rights.
- To acquire the attitude and skill to provide adequate assessment of the health care needs of children from another culture and nation upon completion of the international elective. (i.e.: initial evaluation, treatment, and follow-up for internationally adopted children, immigrant or refugee children).
- To acquire the skills to provide basic pre-travel care for patients traveling to other regions of the world (i.e.: vaccinations, malaria prophylaxis, prescriptions for traveler’s diarrhea, counseling regarding safe food and water), or know how to refer such patients.
An orientation session will be provided prior to each trip, including travel tips, visa requirements, immunizations, safety and security issues, cultural tips, and reading material related to the spectrum of diseases likely to be encountered during this rotation.
The residents participating in this rotation will serve as health care providers at a level similar to their training here and will train in host teaching hospitals under the supervision of board-certified physicians from the U.S. and the host country.
- Pediatric or Combined Medicine-Pediatric Residents having completed their internship;
- Proficient in Spanish language (applies to Ecuador only);
- Satisfactory evaluations and correction of all the specific areas previously identified as “needing improvement”;
- Up-to-date on all aspects of compliance with resident requirements according to ACGME, including medical records, duty hours logging, evaluations, and conference participation.
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Dr. Tania Condurache, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of International Resident Education, spends many months every year traveling to different under-served communities in developing countries, together with faculty and resident teams from University of Louisville, in an effort to asses unmet educational needs and provide support in the identified deficient areas. Dr. Condurache also serves as a mentor for the University of Louisville pediatric residents traveling abroad for their international child health elective. Read Dr. Condurache's full bio .
Dr. Bill Allen, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, is the faculty mentor for our Poverty and Social Justice in Child Health Elective. Dr. Allen spent six years in Peru working with the underserved in that country. He currently is part of our Ambulatory Pediatric Division and is a leader of our medical student Global Health Distinction Pathway here at the University of Louisville.
Dr. Bethany Hodge, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, is assisting the program in developing a global health curriculum and evaluation process. Dr. Hodge is currently working as a hospitalist in our Division of Hospital Medicine. She completed an MPH program at UNC-Chapel Hill which focused on global health educational programs in resident education. She is a co-leader with Dr. Allen of our medical student Global Health Distinction Pathway here at the University of Louisville.
In her role as Pediatric Residency Program Director, Dr. Kim Boland collaborates with Dr. Condurache in finalizing the program, its’ goals, objectives and evaluations, residency selection and general oversight to ensure the experience aligns with the overall pediatric residency program goals and objectives. Read Dr. Boland's full bio.
We also have the pleasure of working with a number of faculty members from numerous divisions throughout the department who are active in Global Health pursuits such as training other countries in neonatal resuscitation to teaching basic ultrasound techniques to low resource countries to improve diagnostic skills at minimal cost. These faculty members assist our trainees as mentors in their global health programs and scholarly activities.