Since Emory’s Internal Medicine Global Health Distinction Program began in 2007, we have had approximately 40 residents participate in the program. The Global Health Distinction allows residents an appreciation for practicing medicine in resource limited environments and exposes them to the global medical community. Residents who complete this distinction often cite their Global Health electives as the highlights of their residency training!
The application process begins in the end of the PGY-1 year with five residents selected each year. The curriculum then begins during the PGY-2 year with a series of self-learning modules from sites including the Global Health Education Consortium and US AID. During the PGY 3 year, the Global Health residents meet every month for an educational experience—didactics, journal club, case reports, clinical updates. As the service component of the curriculum, Global Health residents can choose to participate in Grady’s Refugee Clinic during their ambulatory month.
During one of their PGY-2 elective months, Global Health residents have the opportunity to spend a month working at Indian Health Services in Tuba City, Arizona. Here, residents learn the challenges of practicing clinical medicine in a resource limited environment in the U.S.
During their PGY-3 elective month, Global Health residents are able to travel to one of our three international sites to participate in clinical work or research. Our sites include Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia; and San Pedro and Copan, Honduras. In Addis, our clinical site is Black Lion Hospital, a large training hospital. In Tbilisi, residents have participated in TB and Vitamin D research as well as clinical experiences with an Emory Infectious Disease adjunct faculty member. Honduras is our newest site, and while there, residents have the opportunity to rotate at a large, urban training hospital in San Pedro as well as a rural village clinic in Copan. The Global Health Distinction Program culminates with a Global Health Night in May where our residents are able to share their experiences with the Emory community.