international opportunities

Dr. Bakhadirov
23 yo M with no known medical
history, presented with one
week of rapid decline in
mental status,CD4 count 50,
CSF Toxo IgG pos, Lima, Peru

35 year old patient with
a history of Systemic Lupus
Erythematosus on chronic
steroids, Ethiopia

Away Electives and Global Health

Approximately 7 weeks in each of the last 2 year of the residency (14 weeks total) can be taken as "away" elective, meaning that there are no inpatient or outpatient clinical responsibilities during these periods; the 4 additional weeks of vacation per year can be added to this to extend these away periods.   This allows for residents to attend conferences and/or pursue projects or electives at other sites in the U.S. or abroad.  Residents have used this time in the past for clinical or research electives with MGH/BWH collaborators or through electives they have designed through their own initiative in countries including India, Nepal, Vietnam, South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar, Haiti, Peru, Ecuador, China, Singapore, Australia, Germany, France, and the UK.   Through these away electives, residents have been able to learn about neurologic disease and the practice of neurology in different settings, collaborate on research projects, provide neurology education in regions without access to neurologic care, and/or a combination of these.

We maintain an active database of rotations in which our residents have participated. There are global health travel scholarships available to residents through the Partners Centers of Expertise in Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine, and our residents have been highly successful at obtaining these grants in the past. The residency provides additional generous travel awards each year to residents involved in global health work in resource-limited settings.

MGH has an active clinical and research global health program in Uganda, and BWH is intimately linked with Partners in Health, an NGO that works in Haiti, Rwanda, Malawi, Peru, and Mexico.

Dr. Farrah Mateen at MGH is an expert and leader in global neurology who is active in resident mentoring in global health and neuro-epidemiology. Dr. Aaron Berkowitz, Director of Global Neurology Program at BWH, is actively involved with Physicians for Haiti and Partners in Health, and has worked with both groups in Haiti and Malawi during the neurology residency program.

Tan Tock Seng
Hospital, Singapore

Taenia solium, the bandworm that
causes Neurocystcerosis, Lima, Peru

Drs. Lyons, Wahlster,
and Klein, Ecuador

Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital,
Mbarara University of Science and
Technology, Uganda

A baby being tested for seizures with
our smartphone-driven EEG, Bhutan

One bay of the women's ward at Queen
Elizabeth Central Hosp
in Blantyre, Malawi

Army Hospital Research and Referral Institute, New Delhi, India

Brain imaging of 54-year old patient
(neurocytsicercosis with obstructive
hydrocephalus), Peru

39 yo F presenting with back pain,
diagnosed to have a tuberculoma, Peru


Dr. Berkowitz teaching at the medical
school in Lilongwe, Malawi

Clinic room
(aka classroom),
Jenin, Palestine

Acworth Leprosy Institute, India

Muscular Dystrophy, India