There are a variety of opportunities to pursue global health within the BWH/BCH Med-Peds Program.
Within the four year curriculum, residents are able to spend four months (two from each department) abroad. There are numerous structured domestic and international rotations through both categorical residencies, ranging from Shiprock, NM to Haiti, Lesotho, Liberia, Rwanda and Tanzania. Residents can also organize their own rotations abroad and are supported in this by faculty at both institutions. Grants are available in the categorical programs to help fund these endeavors.
Residents are also eligible to apply for the Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity through the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program. In addition to the clinical training, residents in this program complete field work at a variety of sites throughout the world, including Haiti, Lesotho, Malawi, Mexico, Peru, Rwanda, and Russia. They also complete courses in the Harvard School of Public Health to obtain a Masters in Public Health as well as ongoing research projects to improve the health of individuals in resource-poor settings.
While in Boston, there is a monthly Global Health Seminar Series through Boston Children’s Hospital focusing on health care in resource-poor settings. There are also lectures organized by the Brigham and Women’s Internal Medicine Residency to learn new skills and review cases. Mentoring is available throughout both institutions for individuals interested in pursuing global health work in residency and throughout their career.
Our residents often take advantage of international ambulatory experiences during elective time. Financial support for travel is available to the majority of residents wishing to pursue experiences abroad. For more information about international opportunities through Children’s Hospital, please visit BCRP-International