Education & Training Excellence in Global Health Track

The Global Health Track in Family Medicine & Community Health at University Hospitals consists of a three-year curriculum of didactic lectures, group discussions, journal club meetings, workshops and overseas rotations.

Family Medicine Global Health Track
Family Medicine Global Health Track

Global Health Track Goals

  • Deliver primary care as fundamental human right and social justice globally.
  • Improve the quality of primary care around the world.
  • Expand the access of primary care to the underserved of the world.
  • Redefine the contents and philosophy of primary care through our practice.

Global Health Learning Objectives

Our primary learning objective within the Global Health Track in Family Medicine & Community Health is for our residents to acquire core knowledge in the fields of:

  • Child Survival
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Community Assessment
  • Development
  • Disaster and Complex Humanitarian Emergency
  • Environmental Health
  • Essential Public Health
  • Field Medicine
  • Field Surgery
  • Illness and Disease
  • International Aid
  • Maternal Health
  • Nutrition
  • Pandemics and Epidemics
  • Poverty and Health
  • Primary Health Care
  • Project Implementation

Other learning objectives include:

  • Obtain essential sets of knowledge, skills and attitude to become a professional international health practitioner.
  • Train in core skill sets through clinical rotations and overseas rotations.
  • Learn basic public health and public nutrition.
  • Learn cross-cultural communication and team-building skills through practice and workshop.
  • Be capable of organizing and training various levels of healthcare professionals and work with them.

Global Health Track Program Components

Family Medicine Global Health Track
Family Medicine Global Health Track

Each resident is encouraged to develop his/her own inquiry during the academic years. Self-learning is guided by close mentoring via web-based tools. Other program components include:

  • A two-day workshop, "Global Primary Care Training Workshop", in September, provides core knowledge base (2nd and 3rd year)
  • GHT morning meeting 2/block
  • Up to 4 weeks' rotation in off site (overseas rotation) in 3rd year
  • Quarterly journal club provides the opportunity for networking and brainstorming
  • GHT retreat before graduation will provide opportunities to reflect and strengthen the program
  • Presentation at national level conference is strongly encouraged and mentored
Activities 1st year 2nd year 3rd year
Mentoring x x x
GHT Workshop x x
GHT morning seminar x x x
Overseas rotation o o
Quarterly journal club o o o
National conference o o
GHT retreat x

Program Requirements

For the completion of the Global Health Track in Family Medicine & Community Health at University Hospitals, participants are expected to complete the required activities on their individual free time and elective time. Two residents per class are admitted to the track based on our selection process.

Global Health Track Eligibility Requirements

All residents accepted into the Family Medicine residency at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center are initially eligible to participate in the Global Health Track (GHT). The residents remains eligible provided they meet the minimal GHT requirements for their year of residency and a good disciplinary standing.

Selection Considerations

Two residents will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Academic and performance report in their first year
  • Fulfill requirement as a 1st year GHT resident
  • Brief interview with all current GHT residents

Based on the above selection considerations, existing GHT residents and the track director will decide by voting.

Global Health Track Program Acceptance

Residents receive their official acceptance to the Global Health Track no later than 1 month from program chief resident selection. Decisions regarding acceptance are the purview of the track director. A resident cannot enroll in the GHT without the express permission of the track director.


Course Completion Requirements

First Year GHT Requirements

First year residents are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • A minimal attendance at 4 of 24 GHT seminars.
  • Timely completion of required quarterly core competency readings assigned by the GHT track director.

Second Year GHT Requirements

Promotion to the second year requires satisfactory completion of first year requirements and official acceptance by the track director into the GHT. The requirements for the second year are:

  • A minimal attendance at 9 of 24 GHT seminars.
  • Lead a minimum of 1 GHT seminar.
  • Satisfactory performance during the annual Global Primary Care Training Workshop.
  • Submit a poster or paper suitable for publication regarding an area of interest.

Third Year GHT Requirements

Promotion to the third year requires satisfactory completion of the first and second year requirements. The requirements for the third year are:

  • A minimal attendance at 9 of 24 GHT seminars.
  • Lead a minimum of 2 GHT seminars.
  • Satisfactory performance during the annual Global Primary Care Training Workshop.
  • Give your feedback during your residency to the director in GHT retreat before your graduation.
  • Submit a poster or paper suitable for publication regarding an area of interest.
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