Global Child Health Curriculum and Distinguishing Features

Pediatric and Medicine-Pediatric Residents interested in global child health can take advantage of this specialized track during residency. Implemented in 1987 by Dr. Karen Olness, Rainbow’s Global Child Health Track is the oldest and most established in the country. Goals of the GCH track include educating about factors that impact health, wellness and special needs of children in developing countries, and to provide knowledge and skills to help address these needs through didactics, hands-on activities, and experiences working and collaborating with professionals and providers in limited resource settings.

Curriculum and Distinguishing Features

  • Global Health Lecture series: The GCH track has a curriculum with lectures throughout a 3-year program.
    Topics offered include:
    • State of the World's Children
    • Motivations for Global Health Service
    • Primary Health Care: History and examples/practical issues in developing countries
    • Collaborative International Research
    • Medical Anthropology/ Cross Cultural Issues
    • Culture Shock
    • International Health Players (NGO's, UNICEF, etc.)
    • Overview of Disaster Management
    • Child Trafficking, Child Labor/soldiers
    • Language Learning
    • Global Nutrition and consequences of Malnutrition (considering macro and micronutrient deficiencies)
    • Neonatal and Perinatal Health in Resource-Poor Countries
    • Developmental Disabilities in Resource-Poor Countries
    • Palliative Care in Resource-Poor Countries
    • Sickle Cell in Resource-Poor Countries
    • Refugee Health Care
    • Personal Health Preparation for GH Service
    • Planning your trip
    • Medwish (recycling medical supplies)
    • Water and Hygiene/Sanitation
    • Global Health Vignettes
    • Infectious Diseases/Tropical Medicine topics
      • Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
      • Malaria
      • Tuberculosis
      • HIV-AIDS
      • Parasites in Resource-Poor Countries
      • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Faculty Mentoring: The GCH program director and other faculty interested in GCH are available for one-on-one advising and mentoring to personalize your global child health education and experiences.
  • Educational Activities: Global Child Health Course (using Problem-Based Learning and Simulation): “Management of Humanitarian Emergencies: Focus on Children and Families.” This unique and intense week-long course is attended by national and international faculty, fellows, residents, and medical and MPH students. It is highly recommended for all GCH residents. The cost for Rainbow residents is covered by our Global Health Program.
  • SUGAR = Simulation Use for Global Away Rotations: Residents participate in a hands-on simulation activity to practice working in complex medical situations with limited resources. Information about this program can be found at the website
  • GCH Resident Committee: A committee composed of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year residents to help coordinate extra-curricular activities such as movie nights, book club discussions, group volunteering efforts, pot luck dinners, and hot topic discussions.
  • Journal Clubs: There are at least 2 GCH journal clubs per year.
  • Away Electives: The Global Child Health Program at Rainbow offers a wide array of global health experiences from introductory/exploratory rotations for those interested in learning global health to more intensive rotations in academic settings. Based on individual interests, we can also work to establish potential new partnerships. Residents in the GCH Program wishing to participate in a GCH away elective are supported with up to 4 weeks once or twice during residency, including $1000 in funding. Rainbow has current affiliation agreements with several international programs around the world, including Haiti, Laos, Indian Health Service, Nicaragua, Belize, and Peru.
  • Local GH Elective: New this year is a local elective opportunity that includes working in Cleveland's Refugee Clinic, Hispanic Clinic, and more. This can be catered to individual interests.
  • GCH Newsletter: The resident committee, along with the program director and other faculty members, create a newsletter that contains current events in Global Health, highlights of resident experiences, as well as upcoming conferences.
  • Presentations: Residents present their experience at the Annual Global Child Health Grand Rounds in May of each academic year. In addition, residents have had opportunities to present their projects and/or research at national conferences.

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