Global Child Health Program

Global Child Health Program

Pediatric and Medicine-Pediatric residents interested in international health can take advantage of our unique Global Child Health (GCH) Program. The Global Child Health Program is the oldest and most established Global Health program in the country that focuses primarily on child health. Implemented in 1987 by Dr. Karen Olness, with ongoing updates as needs are recognized, the Global Child Health Program at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital has almost 30 years of experience.

The GCH program has two major goals:

  1. To educate about the things that impact health and wellness and special needs of children in developing countries and
  2. To provide knowledge and skills to help address these needs and to work and collaborate with professionals and providers in resource poor areas.
Global Child Health Program

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital has designed the track to be comprehensive and flexible. The track centers on a core curriculum of essential global health information, which is taught via didactics, simulations, and problem based learning approaches. This program includes interactive components including local medical opportunities, volunteer opportunities (e.g. Medwish), journal clubs and small group sessions (such as book club and movie nights). Career planning, mentoring and advising are there to help each resident develop a unique global health experience. Residents have the option for an away or local elective, research and scholarly work, and the opportunity to attend and participate in various global health talks, events, or activities within the local hospitals, community, and more.

Traveling for an overseas elective to a resource-limited area is a very valuable experience. It is not required but encouraged and all efforts will be made to help this work for those who want to travel. If a resident wishes to do an overseas elective, the program directors and mentors will help establish and identify research, clinical, and educational opportunities with health centers globally (see options below). The GCH track provides $1000 in funding to interested Global Health Residents who have completed their preparations for a trip to such a center. GCH Residents have had some outstanding experiences described as a highlight of their residency!

Alumni of the track have gone on to do a variety of work from private practice and academics, to humanitarian and missions work, public health and have been able to maintain some connection to global health.

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