Global Health Distinction Track

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For residents with a more defined interest in global health, the residency program has offered a Global Health Distinction Track since July 1, 2018. The main goals program are:

    • To improve understanding of the major causes of the world’s pediatric mortality
    • To improve physical examination skills through exposure to different diseases (vaccine preventable or in advanced stages)
    • To gain deeper appreciation of issues related to public health, professionalism, and cultural sensitivity
    • To maintain and foster passion for caring for a population with limited access to health care and health care resources

    Global Child Health Curriculum Activities and Topics

    Requirements for the Global Health Distinction Track

    I. Elective rotations

    1. Poverty and Social Justice
    2. International Child Health Elective (Ghana or Ecuador)*

    II. Core Curriculum Noon Conferences

    1. Social and Economic Determinants of Health
    2. Global Burden of Disease
    3. Traditional Health Practices, Culture, and Ethics
    4. Health Implications of Travel, Migration and Displacement
    5. Human Rights in Global Health
    6. Population, Resources, and Environment


    III. Web-based modules

    1. Global burden of non-communicable diseases
    2. Impact of global child health on the US communities
    3. Environmental impact on global child health
    4. Approach to internationally adopted children
    5. Water-borne and vector-borne illnesses/neglected tropical diseases
    6. Approach to fever in low-resource settings
    7. Approach to non-infectious emergencies in low-resource settings
    8. Malnutrition

    IV. Travel preparation and post-travel debriefing (for residents participating in the international child health elective).

    V. Global Health Seminars

    Format will include (but will not be limited to):

    1. Journal Clubs
    2. Guest speaker seminars
    3. Case presentations
    4. Critical Reflections regarding various aspects of global child health (medical, cultural, ethical, etc.)
    5. Workshops
    6. Crisis Management Scenarios in  low resource settings

    VI. Presentations relevant to global child health

    1. Chairman’s presentations
    2. Morning report
    3. Grand Rounds
    4. Presentations at Global Health or Pediatric regional or national meetings.
    5. Published article/essay in a local or national journal.

    VII. Critical Reflections on Global Health experiences  following the Poverty and Social Justice in Child Health elective as well as at the end of the program. This is a requirement of the Distinction Track participants only, but is available for any resident participating in these electives.

    VII. Scholarly Activity: All residents participating in the Global Health Distinction Track must do a scholarly activity relating to Global Health/Low resource setting care.

    *Due to COVID-19, University related travel is temporarily suspended. We are offering local global health rotations in place of international rotations for the 2021-2022 academic year and will continue this until it is safe to travel internationally again 

    All Global Health opportunities are available to all residents, regardless of track participation. However if space concerns or conflicts arise, priority will be given to Global Health Distinction Track participants.