Graduate Medical Education

Residency Track in Global Health

IU School of Medicine’s interdepartmental Residency Track in Global Health engages highly motivated residents from diverse specialties to better understand the health disparities that exist throughout the world. This program creates valuable mentor relationships between faculty and residents that inspire long-term commitment to global health issues. Participating residents have opportunities to engage in both local and global electives that foster hands-on learning in global health as well as collaboration with each other through journal clubs, case-based discussions and joint learning sessions.

Recognized as an exemplary model for collaboration by the World Health Organization and the Gates Foundation, this IU School of Medicine education program has been nominated twice for a Nobel Prize.

Residents in the Global Health Track program complete a two-month field experience at an approved partnership site and participate in valuable educational sessions with individual mentoring from a faculty member with substantial global health experience. After completing the Residency in Global Health curriculum, participants receive a certification in global health.

Locations for Residency Work

Participants in the Residency Track in Global Health program study at one of three locations: Kenya, El Salvador or China.

Participating Departments

The program fosters an interdepartmental cohort of residents with similar interests in global health training and careers. Through clinical experiences that promote cross-cultural sensitivity, participants from the IU School of Medicine departments of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Medicine, Family Medicine, OB-GYN, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, and General Surgery develop heightened awareness of health disparities globally and of the social, economic, cultural, and environmental factors that contribute to health and disease. The program seeks to encourage long-term commitment to global health issues, both domestic and international.

“It was truly an eye-opening experience to see the way medicine is practiced in Africa and the discrepancy of resources. I'll never forget seeing four people in one hospital bed due to overcrowding. I highly recommend going on this experience of a lifetime.”
Patrick Wirtz, Urology Resident in Kenya

Requirements for Completion for Global Health Certificate

One noon conference and one evening session per month provides an interactive opportunity to expand the participant’s knowledge base in global health. Because these sessions are meant to be interactive, participation is expected unless the resident is on call. Goal is to attend at least 75% of teaching sessions over 12 months (18 of 24 sessions), and web-based modules can be completed to cover material if 75% attendance is not possible. Each global health resident will choose one or two topics of interest per year and partner with the faculty presenter to co-facilitate the sessions.

  • Achieve 75% attendance for learning sessions
  • Co-facilitate learning session at least once or twice each year

Written documentation of how the residency track experience fostered growth in each of the six ACGME competencies (Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Interpersonal Skills and Communication, Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Professionalism, and Systems-based Practice). To be reviewed yearly with the participant’s Global Health mentor.

  • Written documentation of growth/experience in all six ACGME competencies
  • Annual review with faculty mentor

Two month hands-on patient care experience in one of the university’s approved global health elective sites. An elective site must provide on-site supervision by a board-certified physician in the participant’s specialty. A written reflection of the experience (5-10 pages) and presentation of two patient cases is required upon completion of the elective. An alternative local-global elective option is possible if barrier to international travel exists.

  • Attend at least 75% of pre-travel orientation sessions
  • Set pre-travel goals and objectives with your faculty mentor
  • 5-10 page written reflection of the experience (reflections on patient care experiences, cultural challenges, ethical considerations, or other related topic)
  • Two patient cases uploaded to “From the Case Files” and ready for presentation
  • Preparation of at least two teaching topics for trainees at the elective site (one topic appropriate for medical students and another for graduate medical trainees)

A wide array of local-global needs and opportunities exist here in Indiana. Each participating resident is asked to spend at least 20 hours over the course of two years in local-global outreach.

  • Brief write-up (one page or less) regarding local-global experience

In effort to continually improve the IU School of Medicine new global health curriculum, residents are asked to evaluate the curriculum and global health track experience on a quarterly basis.

  • Submit written evaluation of current curriculum with any suggestions for improvement at least once per quarter