Global Health Scholars Pathway
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The Washington University in St. Louis Global Health Scholars Pathway in Internal Medicine is designed to produce future clinical and research leaders in global health. This program will increase residents’ awareness of global health systems, enhance understanding of the impact of culture and poverty on population health and foster skills for providing care in resource poor environments. Residents will also be able to pursue global health research. Residents apply in their first year and are selected by January. The program is competitive and acceptance is based on evidence of a commitment to a career in global health. Upon acceptance, there are two options for participation in the pathway.
Residents can participate in an intensive didactic and practical curriculum during their second year. International travel for clinical and research experiences will also occur in this option.
Or, residents can choose to participate in the Global Health Pathway Elective, where they participate in international travel for a scholarly research project.
1. Preparing residents for competitive careers in Global Health through:
a. Clinical experience
b. Research experience
c. Capacity building
d. Education around key topics in Global Health
2. Providing service in Global Health via:
a. Direct patient care
b. Capacity building in academic medical centers and community partners
3. Conducting research for sustainable solutions with:
a. Academic medical centers
b. Community partners
2. Field Experience
Global Health Resident Exchange
We accept trainees from our global health partners.
Mentors in Medicine International (MiM-I)
This is a grant for trainees with international research projects and a mentor who is based at Washington University. Applications are in PGY1 and PGY2. For more information, please click here.
WUSM residents can submit applications on or before November 30. A CV must be included in the application packet. Please click here for the form.
Research Project & Site Selection
Introduction to Global Health for Trainees
Research Methods Quantitative and Qualitative
Infectious Diseases Epidemiology
Clinical Tropical Medicine
Immigrant Refugee Health
Global Non-Communicable Diseases
Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation
Measures of Population Health
Principles of Health Literacy
Health and Human Rights
Health, Environment and Climate Change
Primary Care in Global Health
Global Health Governance
Data sources, literature search and systematic reviews
Global Burden of Disease
Global Mental Health
Ethics around Global Health
The above concepts will be presented in a variety of formats including case presentations, simulation, team-based learning etc.
Rotation Director: Caline Mattar, MD
This elective rotation provides experience in general internal medicine, cardiovascular care, and oncologic care in a resource limited setting in Guatemala City. The rotation is four weeks and is designed to provide inpatient and outpatient experience in healthcare delivery in a developing country.
General Country Background:
Guatemala is currently undergoing the epidemiological transition. During the last two decades, as life expectancy continues to improve, high-fat diets, cigarette smoking, and sedentary lifestyles have become more common. Noncommunicable diseases, mainly cardiovascular disease, are now taking a considerable toll of the country’s mortality. In addition to this complex disease frequency, Guatemala is struggling with one of the highest levels of poverty and inequality in Latin America. More than half of the population (56.2%) lives in poverty and 15.7% lives under conditions of extreme poverty.
Rotation Director: Will Ross, MD, MPH
This elective is a four week rotation in internal medicine and nutrition, in an urban hospital in Haiti with both inpatient and outpatient components.
General Country Background:
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with nearly 2.5 million people unable to meet their basic food needs and 24% of the population living on one dollar per day. Infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, dengue and others, are very prevalent, and maternal and child mortality are the highest in the region. The public health infrastructure in the country struggles especially after the earthquake in 2010. The official languages in the country are French and Haitian Creole.
Rotation Director: David Clifford, MD
This rotation is an elective experience in an international environment at an academic medical centerin Mekelle, Ethiopia. The rotation is four weeks and designed to provide first-hand clinical experience in the delivery of medical care in a developing country. Experiences will be in the outpatient and inpatient settings.
General Country Background:
Ethiopia is a large country in the “horn of Africa” on the northeastern side of the continent with a population of approximately 84 million people. It is the second most populous nation in Africa . Much of the population of Ethiopia is rural with an agricultural base economy, with per capita income of ~$1000/year. However, the economy has been growing rapidly in recent years. Healthcare is organized systematically from local health clinics serving each local population center, to the national referral hospital in Addis Ababa. The Global Health Scholars Program has established relations with the Mekelle Medical School in northern Ethiopia in the city of Mekelle, a town of ~300,000 and serving a much larger regional population.
Rotation Director: Barbara Lutey, MD
St. Louis provides a rich setting for medical education in patients from different cultural backgrounds. This elective rotation provides experience in an urban setting learning about health care for patients who are refugees, immigrants, or homeless. The rotation is 2-4 weeks and will provide outpatient clinical experience in general internal medicine as well as learning experiences with interpreter services, homeless shelter health outreach programs, and ex-offender education programs.
Current GHS Residents
Kevin Montes, MD
Benjamin Newcomb, MD
Gisele Vanessa Peschard, MD
Khai Tram, MD
Benjamin Yoon, MD
Hima Atluri, MD
Vasanth Kuppuswamy, MD
Randy Laine, MD
Karen Shen, MD
Ankita Tirath, MD
Eman Yousif, MD
The Global Health Scholars Pathway program and participants work closely with many partners across Washington University. They include:
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