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Pediatric Global Health

Global Health is one of the main strengths of Indiana University. Residents can travel to established partnerships around the globe for 1-2 month electives to participate in clinical care, research, and other advocacy work. In addition, Indianapolis has many international pediatric populations that are served locally.

Residents are able to rotate in a variety of settings, with the Kenya partnership as an exemplary model of partnership in care for decades. The Department of Pediatrics also has alumni, connections, and opportunities in China, Nepal, Lebanon and Central America. Finally, specialized training can be provided for those interested in a potential career in global health via the interdisciplinary Global Health track.

Global Health Track

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Global Health in the Department of Pediatrics: Community Rotation

Learn about the importance of the social determinants of health and local resources available to support Indianapolis patients and families, from Drs. Deanna Reinoso and Jill Helphinstine, directors of the community rotation at Indiana University School of Medicine. This rotation helps pediatric residents build skills in advocacy and brings awareness to how health inequities impact lives in Indianapolis and around the world.

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Global Health in the Department of Pediatrics: Dr. Terry Vik

Learn more about Dr. Terry Vik, Professor of Pediatrics within the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at IU, and his experience improving leukemia and cancer care within IU’s Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH). Dr. Vik has worked with AMPATH for over a decade and was recently awarded a Fulbright Award to help start a Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at Moi University in Kenya. Through the AMPATH partnership, IU Pediatrics offers opportunities for residents and trainees to be involved with global health related projects.

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Global Health in the Department of Pediatrics: Dr. Chandy John

Hear Dr. Chandy C. John, Director of the Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Global Health, talk about his experiences in global health. Dr. John describes the importance of partnerships and capacity building within global health research. His research is focused on malaria pathogenesis, immunology, and epidemiology in Uganda and Kenya, and he provides opportunities for IU trainees to be involved in this work.

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Global Health in the Department of Pediatrics: Dr. Kristin Hem

Indianapolis is home to a diverse patient population, including a large number of Burmese refugees. Listen to Dr. Kristin Hem discuss her work at the Healthnet Barrington Clinic and the unique challenges that her patients face. The Barrington clinic is just one of our resident continuity clinics that sees diverse patient populations. The IU Department of Pediatrics values cultural humility and provides opportunities for residents to practice this skill longitudinally.

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Global Health in the Department of Pediatrics: Dr. Deb Hamby

Dr. Deb Hamby, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and the director of the International Adoption Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children, is passionate about the care of children living with disabilities. She has led pediatric residents on an international elective to China to work in orphanages, where many of the children live with disabilities. In addition to their time at the orphanages, residents were invited to participate in capacity building activities with health providers in China to enhance the care of children with developmental disabilities.

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Global Health in the Department of Pediatrics: Drs. Zeina Nabhan and Riad Lutfi

Dr. Zeina Nabhan, Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Endocrinology and the Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education, and Dr. Riad Lutfi, Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, discuss our emerging partnership with the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. This partnership builds off of the long-standing relationship that Dr. Mark Turrentine, Chief of the Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery and Cardiopulmonary Transplantation Division, and his team have developed while leading humanitarian missions to repair pediatric congenital heart disease defects in children around the world. Learn about how a multidisciplinary team, including pediatric surgeons, intensive care specialists, cardiologists and nurses, are required for these surgeries to be successful.

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Global Health in the Department of Pediatrics: Dr. Sherri Bucher

Helping Babies Survive is a program designed by the American Academy of Pediatrics to help train providers to reduce neonatal death in low-resourced settings. Dr. Sherri Bucher, Associate Research Professor of Pediatrics, discusses her work as the Country Mentor for Kenya’s Helping Babies Survive program and describes the origins of her NeoWarm invention to help regulate the temperature of premature infants. A number of trainees at both IU and Kenya have meaningfully engaged with Dr. Bucher’s research and training programs.