Monday, March 19, 2018
Pediatrics - Global Health Residencies



 MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatrics Global Health Program
Location: Boston, MA



Established Field Sites: Zambia, South Africa, Liberia

Advanced Degree:
No. of Positions: All peds and med-peds residents.


The Zambia Project: We are particularly excited about a unique program in Zambia through the MGH Center for Global Health. In partnership with the Maternal and Infant Health Initiative (MIHI) and the Boston Pediatrics Zambia Consortium, MGH residents have the opportunity to rotate at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, Zambia. This 1100-bed hospital is the largest hospital in the country and is a tertiary care center, receiving referrals from all of Zambia. The UTH has 300 pediatric beds spread among a NICU, PICU, malnutrition ward, hematology/oncology ward, and several general wards. MGH faculty members are present on-site. MGH residents can schedule a month-long, fully funded rotation there during their second or third years, gaining first-hand experience managing a wide variety of illnesses endemic to the developing world in a culturally enriching environment. The project ultimately aims to establish a continuous resident presence in Zambia for clinical work, longitudinal cooperative research, and the formation of an educational exchange with the UTH.

The Edendale Experience: Pediatric residents are invited to participate in a funded clinical experience at Edendale Hospital, South Africa. This rotation involves inpatient, outpatient, and rural components, with a focus on pediatric HIV and tuberculosis management. On-site MGH faculty members are present in Edendale for support and supervision, and multiple teaching conferences are available for residents. Secure accommodations and transportation to and from the hospital are provided. More information

Liberia: Under the guidance of two Pediatric Global Health Leadership Fellows and with the support of the World Bank, a Department of Pediatrics is currently being developed at JFK Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. This project ultimately seeks to create an organic, self-sustainable engine of academic and educational pediatrics in Monrovia. Residents are welcome to participate in funded service opportunities.

International Electives: PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents have the opportunity to pursue interests in global health through international electives abroad. Residents are encouraged to develop individualized projects focused on various topics including clinical medicine, research, health policy, and foreign-language development. Our residents have traveled to China, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Peru, Zambia, Gambia, Chile, and Lesotho. Upon returning to MGH, residents share their international experiences through presentations given to colleagues and faculty which ultimately increases awareness of global health issues, teaches, and inspires. More information

Lecture Series: Medical education in global health is provided through several didactic forums, including Pediatric Grand Round Seminars and well as topics discussed at both Morning and Noon Conferences. Topics include but are not limited to:

    Pathways to International Health

    Cross-cultural Health Care

    Immigrant & Refugee Health

    Orphans and International Adoption

    Travel Medicine

    Disaster Management

    The 90/10 Gap

    State of the World’s Children: Child Labor, Child trafficking, Child soldiers Vaccine Preventable Diseases & Tropical Medicine

    Malnutrition, HIV, TB, Malaria

    Neonatal health, Intensive Care, Oncology, and Mental Health in developing countries

    Ethics in International Health Research


Humanitarian Studies Initiative for Residents (HSIR) Program: The Humanitarian Studies Initiative for Residents (HSIR) is an exciting, new, multi-disciplinary program to train resident-physicians and fellows in humanitarian response to disaster and refugee crises. HSIR was developed as an educational program under the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). HHI is a University-based program that serves to coordinate humanitarian activities across Harvard University, and is based at the Harvard School of Public Health. The faculty of each of the partnering institutions of the HHI has developed areas of expertise, talent, and distinguished faculty in the evolving field of humanitarian studies. Through this opportunity, participants at each institution can obtain a robust education in humanitarian studies while completing the requirements of their individual programs. This initiative has created bridges linking these institutions, which students can traverse to meet the educational needs required in humanitarian studies: flexibility, diversity, excellence, and comprehensiveness.

A total of 19 resident-physicians, from across four of Harvard's teaching hospitals, including Beth Israel/Deaconess Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, commenced the two year training program in Fall 2006. The inaugural 2-week course was held in September, with over 50 faculty participating in a dynamic, case-based and intensive program that was described as "life-changing" in post course reviews. The remainder of the program includes a weekend field simulation in a state park, a month long supervised field placement in a humanitarian setting, and ultimately, production of an academic work in humanitarian studies. The core requirements provide for a solid foundation in humanitarian studies while allowing for flexibility based on individual background and interest. With growing demand for training in global health and humanitarian action among the medical community, HSIR represents one of the few formal training programs in humanitarian intervention. Its unique combined training in research and fieldwork, as well as its use of Harvard's outstanding faculty and resources, will attract innovative thinkers to the challenging field of humanitarian intervention.

Applications to the HSIR program takes place yearly in late fall. Residents and fellows from all specialties are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be able to complete the 2-year program and have the support from their residency or fellowship director. Each residency or fellowship program contributes tuition for each participant in the comprehensive 2-year program. In addition, the course by itself if available to selected applicants who are unable to complete the 2 year program. More information

MGH Center for Global Health: The Center for Global Health is part of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and builds upon the hospital’s long and distinguished history of international work and humanitarian assistance. The Center aims to be a "hub" for global health for the hospital, and to support the myriad MGH-led activities around the world. Its focus on education and training in global health serves as an invaluable resource to resident initiatives in the international arena. More information

Updated 03/21/2010




 Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency International Health Track
Location: Cleveland, OH


E-mail: Marisa Herran, MD –

Established Field Sites: None. Electives available in over 30 countries.

Advanced Degree: N/A
No. of Positions: Participants can enroll at any point in their residency. Spots not limited.

Track Components:

o    International Health Lecture Series

o    International Health Journal Club

o    Management of Disasters Course (optional)

o    Protected elective time for international or Indian Health Service Rotation (optional)*

o    Mentoring in international health RBC faculty and overseas IH mentors

o    International Child Health Track Certificate upon completion of pediatric residency training.
* Rotation occurs during 3rd year - can take between 4-8 weeks of elective time (6 weeks strongly recommended)

o    Research project with the International Adoption Health Services

Updated 03/21/2010




 Residency Program in Global Child Health at the Baylor College of Medicine

Location: Houston, TX


Distinguishing Features:

o    Monthly seminars on global health

o    Semi-annual Grand Rounds presentation on global health

o    Diploma Course in Tropical Medicine – American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene approved course in travel and tropical medicine (resulting in eligibility to sit for certification examination)

o    Extensive international experience in one 12-month block or two 6-month blocks integrated throughout the four years of training, or as a 12-month block in the fourth year

Updated 03/21/2010




 Pediatric Residency Program; University of Washington (UW) / Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center (CHRMC) Pediatric Residency GLOBAL Health Pathway
Location: Seattle, WA


Email: Suzinne Pak-Gorstein, MD, PhD, MPH -
Established Field Sites: El Salvador, Kenya, and Peru.

Advanced Degree: N/A
No. of Positions: Any PGY1 may apply, 8 are accepted.

Distinguishing Features:

o    Intensive 4-week curriculum involving case-based and local experiential training early in PGY2.

o    This curriculum will include problem-based cases to cover global public health topics as well as an introduction to quantitative tools (epidemiology, basic survey design) to prepare them to design a Pathway Project. A menu of local clinical and community experiences is offered to residents, including work at immigrants/refugee children clinic; clinic for homeless adolescents; specialty clinics for tuberculosis, STDs, and HIV; local organizations serving refugee families, and community house-call visits with language/cultural translator to at-risk family home.

o    Mentored Pathway Project conceived early in PGY2 and developed through the remainder of the second and third year. This Project will culminate in a paper and presentation that may be carried out individually or with a team of residents.

o    Additional 4-week period in YR2 and 8-week period in YR3 to work on the Project activities and provide opportunities for off-site experiential learning.

o    Structured career counseling, individualized learning plans, and mentorship for each participant

o    Opportunity for Pathway and other residents to participate in a practical community-based health promotion elective involving a longitudinal partnership with a group called CHIMPS (Childrenís Health International Medical Project of Seattle) that serves the rural community of Abelines, El Salvador. This resident-run, faculty-supported collaboration with a community and local NGO (ENLACE) is an ongoing, sustainable, cross- cultural relationship that involves public health interventions and provision of sustainable medical care. It sends residents, faculty, medical students, and community pediatricians to this remote region to provide community-based health education during annual 1-week trips during the internís vacation. This collaboration has led to evidence-based public health interventions that range from development of health educational talks for use by local CHIMPS members throughout the year to the provision of antihelminthic treatment, iron supplementation, and fluoride varnish supplies for administration by local health care providers. In addition, residents may travel for longer electives to work on specific projects with the NGO.


Updated 03/21/2010

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