Education & Training Excellence in Global Health Track

The Global Health Track within the Family Medicine Residency is designed to provide residents exposure to important topics in Global Health and engaging residents in thinking about how the practice of global health applies to all settings.

Family Medicine Global Health Track
Family Medicine Global Health Track

Goals and Objectives

The Global Health Track is designed to provide comprehensive education on the social, economic, and medical factors affecting patients within a global context. A resident completing the global health track should demonstrate a commitment to global health development. The following competencies will be used to guide the education and assessment of all global health track residents accepted in the program.

  • Discuss the issues of the social determinants of health, health equity, social justice, and governmental policy in terms of their impact on the distribution of health services in low-resource settings within the U.S. and internationally
  • Assess the health care and public health needs of communities, and make evidence-based decisions about resource allocation and the delivery of population health services
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effective advocacy strategies for health systems improvement within the global context
  • Tailor health outreach and clinical interventions by taking into consideration local socioeconomics, politics, health disparities, and cultural influences
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and collaborate with the patient, family, and caregivers with sensitivity to sociocultural and health literacy issues so that the diagnosis and plan of care are clearly understood and pertinent to their specific situation
  • Demonstrate the ability to use interpretation and translation services effectively when the physician and patient cannot speak the same language
  • Create treatment plans based on knowledge of global influences, utilizing resources that include local, state, federal, and international agencies, as applicable
  • Recognize his or her own practice limitations and seek consultation with other health care professionals and systems resources to provide optimal care within a global context
  • Understand the need to balance compassion, humanism, realism, and practicality in the consideration of health care delivered in specific global settings

Global Health Track Program Components

Family Medicine Global Health Track
Family Medicine Global Health Track

Other program components include:

  • A core global health course curriculum includes within the family medicine didactic schedule.
  • Up to 4 weeks' rotation in an off-site (overseas rotation) in the 3rd year
  • Quarterly journal club meetings
  • Clinical intake of newly arriving refugees.
  • Participation in Project ECHO session that focuses on HIV, TB, and non-communicable diseases with global partners
  • Global health research with partnership with our global colleagues
  • Presentations at national level meetings are strongly encouraged
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


For acceptance into the Global Health Track, residents must meet the following requirements:

  • Resident must be in good standing and will require the endorsement of the Residency Program Director and Global Health Director.
  • The resident must apply for the track at the end of their intern year by sending the directors an application describing their experience and why they would like to be in the track
  • The resident must attempt to attend global health journal club meetings as they are able during their intern year
  • Note: If space is available, non-track residents may attend track events at the discretion of the track directors

Once accepted residents should fulfill the following:    

  • The resident must continue to attend journal clubs on a regular basis
  • Residents must present at journal clubs as determined by the track directors
  • Residents must present at global health didactics as determined by the track directors
  • The residents must complete a longitudinal scholarly project relating to global health during their 2nd/3rd years of residency
  • The residents must use at least 2 weeks of elective time per year dedicated to global health-related activities
  • Residents must participate in Project ECHO sessions with global partners
  • International electives are encouraged but not required
  • The residents should try to attend/present at a global health conference. This may include:
    • AAFP Global Health Summit
    • International Society of Travel Medicine
    • Consortium of Universities of Global Health
    • Global Health Missions Conference
    • Others at the discretion of the track directors