"After my three years here I intend to work in the developing world. I don’t think I could have asked for better preparation than the kind of education that I have received here!""
—Michael Reid, Program Graduate
Lead Physician, Global Health Programs, University of Pennsylvania
The Global Health Program within the Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine Residency offers trainees diverse exposure to this exciting field.
A formal curriculum in Global Health is available during a General Medicine Ambulatory month for PGY-II residents and is designed as an intense immersion into the clinical, social, economic and political aspects of health in the developing world. It features 60 hours of seminars led by faculty from Einstein, with invited speakers from other academic institutions, and various non-governmental organizations such as Doctors for Global Health and Doctors without Borders. Several faculty members in the Internal Medicine Department and Primary Care Residency Program are intimately involved in running the Global Health Elective and have dedicated time to train residents here during their elective as well as supervise their learning experience at our affiliated site abroad. In addition, a Global Health Fellowship was recently established in order to train additional faculty in the arena of international health, which runs hand in hand with the resident training experience. Fellows are also trained in medical education and conduct research projects while in Uganda.
In the PGY-III year, residents have the opportunity to apply what they have learned by participating in a month-long rotation at a rural hospital in Kisoro, Uganda. In addition, the global health experience runs throughout the PGY-III year with monthly ongoing seminars around literature and physical diagnosis rounds with the global health faculty. This program exists in collaboration with Doctors for Global Health and Einstein, and has given our residents hands-on experience practicing clinical medicine in the developing world. This is a beloved rotation amongst our trainees, and it has transformed the career direction of many.