Global Health Track
MUSC pediatrics residency program supports and encourages residents interested in pursuing learning opportunities in global child health. A curriculum was developed that focuses on common medical and public health problems that impact children in low- and middle-income countries. Certain aspects of this curriculum are incorporated into resident teaching conferences and grand rounds to ensure that all residents have exposure to important global child health topics. For residents who desire a more in depth global health focus, we now offer a formal Pediatric Global Health Track at MUSC. The track is available to incoming Pediatric and Med-Peds interns and is a longitudinal experience in global child health that spans across the 3-4 years of residency training. The experience will incorporate clinical experiences, didactic activities, opportunities to educate peers, mentor-guided projects and electives, and ultimately international travel (or a stateside global health experience) in the final year of training.
Participants enrolled in the track will be paired with a global health mentor who will help them develop a scholarly project and select and prepare for an international experience. The mentor will also help the resident tailor the experience to meet career goals and individual interests. Residents in the track will participate in monthly journal clubs, local and international global health electives, online modules and reading requirements, and campus-wide global health educational sessions when able. In addition, residents will have the opportunity to enroll in formal global health classes for academic credit as part of the Global Health Certificate Program offered through the College of Graduate Studies.
All interns will be informed of the track and given details regarding specific requirements shortly after arrival at MUSC. Interested residents will be invited to submit an application during January of their intern year. Approval for participation must be granted by the Residency Program Director and the Global Health Track Program Director. Residents approved for participation will then be assigned a mentor.
Contact Dr. Andrea Summer, Director for the Global Health Track. She has facilitated the ongoing affiliation between MUSC Pediatrics and Selian Lutheran Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania. We have had affiliation agreements in place with additional overseas sites in Africa and Latin America, and will consider other locations if the resident has ties with a particular hospital or medical center and an in-country mentor can be identified. Funding for residents selected to participate in international settings has been available to continue the resident’s salary for the time they are away, but travel expenses are the responsibility of the resident.