MGH Global Health, Department of Medicine
Officially launched in 2005 as a result of resident initiatives, the MGH Internal Medicine Residency Global Health Program is a multi-faceted curriculum that incorporates didactics, mentorship, and clinical experience. Approximately 25 MGH Internal Medicine Residents participate in Away health electives every year with funding and mentorship from the Department of Medicine.
The MGH Global Health curriculum aims to foster, mentor, and provide training in Global Health as part of the traditional residency curriculum. Given increasing interest in global health and the importance of comprehensive medical care as part of the solution, the Internal Medicine Residency is launching a new initiative to complement its traditional track: the Global Primary Care program (GPC), which will strengthen opportunities in global health training for all MGH residents as well.
Comprehensive MGH IM Global Health Program
Away Electives: available to PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents in the Categorical and Primary care programs. There are two primary sites partnered with the MGH Global Health Program including an integrated elective experience at Edendale Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda. Both sites are an essential contribution to MGH’s core global health partnerships abroad and provide unique opportunities to obtain ACGME- approved clinical experience with additional capacity building and training for our international partners. On-site MGH ID faculty are present in Edendale and Uganda for support and supervision, and both sites have secure accommodations and logistical support. Three rotations per month are typically available for MGH residents.
- Edendale is an intense inpatient, outpatient and rural experience in a primarily urban, resource poor setting in a district hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. The elective will place residents in the center of the HIV-TB epidemic, yet with exposure to a significant non-communicable disease burden as well (rheumatic heart disease, renal disease, heme-onc etc). In the past, live resident reports have also been coordinated between MGH and Edendale Hospital through voice-over-internet technology.
- Mbarara Rural Regional Referral Hospital provides a rigorous inpatient clinical rotation in a small regional district hospital serving Southwestern Uganda, as well as patients from Rwanda and Congo. There are opportunities for rural clinical and outpatient care delivery as well. Like Edendale, there is exposure to HIV/AIDS, TB, and other tropical diseases, as well as considerable chronic disease.
- Other sites that meet the ABIM-certified requirement (or close equivalent) will be considered after a structured approval process.
- Domestic sites, such as Indian Health Services.
Didactics: Traditional didactic sessions include global health topics discussed at Noon Conference and Resident Report, case presentations from overseas rotations, and Global Health Journal Club as a forum for review of relevant Global Health literature. The diversity of educational opportunities spans a broad range of topics in International Health ranging from food security, HIV/TB in the developing world, to non-communicable diseases in resource-limited settings.
Mentorship and Research: MGH is home to a wealth of international research and education activities. MGH offers a wide variety of academic opportunities, including linkage to participate in scholarly/research activities. With the newly launched MGH Center for Global Health, the Harvard Global Health Institute and close ties with the Medical School and other Harvard Institutions, residents can collaborate with and learn from the breadth of faculty members with global health experience. All residents with a global health interest have an annual mentorship meeting with the Associate Program Director in Global Health, and connections with additional mentors are facilitated early in residency to ensure the critical steps toward a robust career in Global Health.
Global Primary Care
The promise of primary health care is yet to be realized for billions around the world in the United States as well as abroad. MGH recognizes the responsibility to help address this unmet need and is launching the program in Global Primary Care (GPC) to join this movement for a fundamental change in healthcare delivery with an emphasis on equity and access at an affordable cost. With an eye to strengthen future leadership for primary health care in the U.S. and around the world, the GPC is a dedicated four-year track which will offer:
With a foundation in clinical excellence and robust, diverse mentorship, GPC will provide residents with a dynamic skill set to address the diverse challenges to global primary care systems improvement. Residents will be engaged in operational research, policy analysis, assessment and evaluation and will be challenged to work effectively across diverse cultures and interests with multiple stakeholders.
- Clinical training in internal medicine and primary care
- Tuition support for an MPH degree at the Harvard School of Public Health
- Dedicated, US-based ambulatory training
- Ten months of international fieldwork
For more details please visit:
Humanitarian Studies Initiative for Residents- Approximately 3 MGH Internal Medicine Residents participate in this longitudinal elective program through the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative on a yearly basis.
- MGH Center for Global Health - this newly formed Center has provided additional venues for residents to explore varied career pathways in Global Health and has broadened educational activities available to all trainees across the hospital.
- Harvard Global Health Institute – this Institute provides opportunity for collaboration across all Harvard institutions.
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