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In an emotional reception in the Cabot Atrium on Tuesday, May 18, guests and
members of BWH’s Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities (DSMHI)
celebrated the launch of the Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity
and Internal Medicine. The new residency program is one of only a few programs
in the United States that provides physicians with rigorous internal medicine
training while addressing global health disparities.
“This program marks a new era in training generations of physicians to
provide care to underserved patients around the globe,” said Victor Dzau,
MD, chair, BWH Department of Medicine, who welcomed reception attendees Tuesday
Two first-year BWH internal medicine residents have been selected for the Hiatt
Residency, a four-year training program in medicine, health policy and research.
The program leads to eligibility for certification by the American Board of
Internal Medicine (ABIM) and completion of a master’s degree in Public
Health through the Harvard School of Public Health.
Drs. Nancy Lange and David Walton—inaugural Hiatt residents—attended
the reception, offering a few words of reflection on what the new program means
to them. “I initially sought out experiences in international health while
in medical school because I was interested in other cultures and languages,”
said Lange. “Through these experiences, I developed a new awareness and
strong desire to work as a physician in resource-poor areas.”
The residency program honors Howard Hiatt, MD, whose leadership and advocacy
for global health equity spans a career of nearly 50 years. Most recently, Hiatt,
Drs. Paul Farmer and Jim Kim, founded the DSMHI, which is dedicated to addressing
health disparities through training, education, research and service.
“This residency is a testament to Dr. Howard Hiatt’s vision and
ever-present push to continue addressing medical challenges around the world,”
said Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA, BWH president. “The extraordinary work
of Dr. Hiatt, Dr. Paul Farmer and their colleagues is, and will continue to
be, crucial to BWH’s mission.”
To close the reception, Farmer addressed the audience, acknowledging Hiatt’s
significant role in the creation of the DSMHI and the new residency and presenting
him with a citation. “We are all grateful for Howard’s continuing
involvement in our work, and for his willingness to lend his name and support
to this innovative program that embodies his enduring commitment to serving
the health needs of impoverished populations around the world,” said Farmer.