Global Health Residency Pathway Curriculum
The Children’s National Global Health Residency Program curriculum was developed to ensure participating residents can meet certain objectives during their training. These objectives draw from a core set of learning goals established by consensus among several global health training programs.
Options for Enrollment
Choose one or more educational opportunities to supplement your graduate medical education, incorporating them into your own individualized education plan (developed in consultation with your portfolio advisor). There is no minimum level of participation. All Community Health Track residents take the Introduction to Global Child Health course; however you do not need to be in the Community Health Track to participate in the pathway.
Certificate in Global Child Health
To qualify for the Certificate in Global Child Health, residents must complete one activity from each of the following categories by graduation:
- Didactic teaching
- International or Immigrant Health Elective
- Final educational product or presentation
Residents have the opportunity to complete the Introduction to Global Child Health course when in session or for independent study, as well as participate in and contribute to educational activities throughout residency.
Global Health Elective Sites
Global Health faculty mentors guide residents through the pathway, help prepare for and debrief from international electives and provide support for residents developing their educational product. Mentorship is also provided for pursuing future work or careers in global health.
- Outline the epidemiology and major causes of neonatal and under-5 morbidity and mortality worldwide.
- Summarize the presentation, diagnostic workup and management of leading global infectious and non-infectious causes of childhood morbidity and mortality, including malnutrition and injuries.
- Delineate the key health issues faced by high-risk populations such as immigrants and children of immigrants, refugees, orphans and trafficked children.
- Provide culturally sensitive, family-centered care and support to patients and families from another culture or nation.
- Participate in health promotion and disease prevention activities in a low resource setting, using appropriate local guidelines and practices.
- Develop an appropriate differential diagnosis, work-up and management plan with limited resources.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Demonstrate effectiveness in engaging individuals and communities from different cultures.
- Use interpreters and communicate effectively with families and other health professionals from different cultural backgrounds.
- Demonstrate cultural humility while working in a country or setting other than one’s own while acknowledging the expertise and perspectives of colleagues within the country.
- Enhance collaboration with other disciplines and stakeholders in the global health community.
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
- Identify standard guidelines (e.g., WHO/UNICEF/CDC) for diagnosis and treatment of common conditions in resource-limited settings.
- Identify key informational resources and describe effective approaches to incorporate evidence-based practices in the care of children in low-resource settings.
- Identify and utilize the resources needed to prepare adequately and responsibly for an international rotation or work in a less-developed country.
- Describe the socioeconomic and political determinants of global and regional health inequities.
- Develop an understanding of different health systems around the world and describe the general processes by which priority objectives and policies are formed.
- Outline the role of major governmental and NGOs active in global child health.
- Understand and adapt to cultural differences when treating different populations.
- Identify common ethical dilemmas and challenges confronted when working in a setting with limited resources or different cultural values; identify potential limitations and risks of short-term medical missions.
- Outline the inequalities in global health and how individuals can contribute to diminishing these disparities.
- Understand the ethical standards and review processes for research with human subjects carried out in developing countries.