Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity and Internal Medicine
Physicians play an important role not only in the provision of clinical care, but also in the identification of the obstacles to treatment that are faced by patients worldwide. In resource-poor settings in particular, health interventions are often complex. Physicians and managers of care must be well versed not only in medical knowledge, but also in the extraneous factors that influence a patient’s treatment outcome, be they political, economic or social.
The Division of Global Health Equity has addressed this need for a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare by launching, in 2004, a novel residency program that combines rigorous training in internal medicine with the advanced study of public health. Through the Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity and Internal Medicine, dedicated young physicians are able to obtain the medical and non-clinical skills they need to improve the health of some of the world’s most impoverished people.
The Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity and Internal Medicine is a four-year program that leads to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and completion of a Masters Degree in Public Health through the Harvard School of Public Health. Prospective applicants must first apply to the Internal Medicine Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Accepted applicants may then submit an application to the Global Health Equity Residency in November of their first postgraduate year.
Howard Hiatt, MD is a Founder and Associate Chief of BWH's Division of Global Health Equity. The efforts of Dr. Hiatt and his late wife, Doris Hiatt have enriched the lives of thousands of students. Dr. Hiatt continues to be a transformative force across the entire landscape of health care, from molecular biology to global health equity.