Graduate Medical Education

Residency Track in Global Health

IU School of Medicine’s interdisciplinary Residency Track in Global Health engages highly motivated residents from diverse specialties to better understand the social, economic, cultural and environmental factors that contribute to health and disease throughout the world. The program seeks to equip residents to address health disparities and encourages long-term commitment to global health issues, both domestic and international. The Residency Track curriculum is co-curricular alongside each participant’s residency educational mission and requirements.

Since its inception in 2011, the Interdisciplinary Track has included residents from multiple medical specialities, including pediatrics, internal medicine, med-peds, OBGYN, surgery, psychiatry, EM/PEds, peds/psych/child psych, family medicine, urology, and emergency medicine. Residents from other specialities are welcome to apply.

Participants who complete the track requirements receive a certification in global health from the IU Center for Global Health.

Components of Global Health Track

Each resident is required to complete an international field elective or local-global health rotation. The site for the experience is chosen by the resident. Many chose to go to Kenya through the AMPATH program, but more than one-third have been to diverse sites across the globe.

A half-day joint learning session is held each quarter. This session includes didactics, hands-on learning, case reports, journal club, and discussion of ethical and medical issues encountered in global health.

The IU School of Medicine’s global health curriculum addresses emerging topics in global health. These include the socioeconomic determinants of health, global health research and ethics, infectious disease and topic medicine.

Residents meet with a mentor twice a year to discuss their progress in the global health track, investigate how global health might fit into their career after residency, and inspire long-term commitment to global health issues and addressing health disparities. Mentorship is encouraged to deepen and grow into other arenas, such as working on a research project together, writing up a case study, or developing a conference workshop.

Residents complete a scholarly project or presentation on a global health topic related to their specialty. This may be a presentation on an IU School of Medicine campus or at a national global health conference. Examples of global health scholarly projects include:

  • Sophie Gerber, MD: Psych/Child Psych/Peds PGY5: “A Resident Physician Driven Global Health Quality Improvement Project Improves Poor Weight Gain in Children with Special Healthcare Needs in Chinese Orphanage.” Poster was presented at a Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia global health conference fall 2016. (Mentor: Deb Hamby, MD)
  • Aldo Martinez, MD: Family Medicine PGY2: “Globalization and the Wave of Mosquito-Transmitted Diseases in America.” Presented at the American Academy of Family Physician National Conference AAFP FMX September 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. (Mentor: Ruben Hernandez, MD)
  • Arjun Singh, MD: Family Medicine PGY2: “Recognizing the Rise of Informatics in Global Health.” Presented at the American Academy of Family Physicians Global Health Workshop, October 2017 in Houston Texas with Ruben Hernandez, MD. (Mentor: Ruben Hernandez, MD)
“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