The Global Medicine Program was founded in 2011 as a joint initiative of MGH Global Health and the Department of Medicine. Aligned with the 4 pillars of MGH’s mission—patient care, research, education, and community service—MGH Global Medicine seeks to train leaders to respond to the distress of our global neighbors. The Global Medicine program invests in innovative curricula and mutually rewarding partnerships to create trainee service, teaching, and research opportunities, both locally and globally. With a focus on integrating the principles and practices of global health and care for vulnerable populations, this program develops future leaders to advance health equity and strengthen health systems.
Global Medicine Objectives
- Develop future leaders to advance health equity;
- Build meaningful partnerships
- Impact the health of communities, both locally and globally.
The Global Medicine Residency Program is a three-year residency track in internal medicine followed by a 1 year clinical fellowship and faculty development program. This 4 year program merges global health and care for vulnerable populations, focusing on comparative lessons in health care innovation, evaluation, policy, and delivery across diverse contexts and resource settings. Our residents have protected academic and travel time, receive tuition support towards the Harvard Program in Clinical Effectiveness (PCE) course, participate in novel curricula, apply their knowledge in low-resource settings with underserved populations in urban Boston and Uganda, gain health systems training, and develop a scholarly thesis.
The Global Medicine Fellowship builds upon the residency program’s foundation and mission to promote our fellows’ development as clinicians, teachers, researchers, and global health leaders focused on improving the health of underserved populations around the world. Fellows will develop clinical and analytical skills, a deep understanding of public health principles, a systems-based approach, and advocacy tools to advance health equity and improve the health of communities. The fellowship will provide physicians with the expertise, flexibility, and protected time to cultivate their individualized career path in global health. The key components of the one-year program are:
- Approximately 5 months of in depth field experiences in global health
- Intentional, structured mentorship focused on individualized career goals and the skills and relationships necessary to reach those goals
- Care for vulnerable patients and populations across a variety of settings including urban Boston and rural Uganda
- Supported, mentored transition into clinical attending role
- Pragmatic, career-oriented global health didactics and conferences
- Scholarly project in global health at the level of a first author or the equivalent
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Bugoye Community Health Collaboration
Initiated in 2012, the Bugoye Community Health Collaboration (BCHC) is a community-based care program that developed out of the partnership between Bugoye Health Center III (BHC), Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In rural Bugoye, BCHC seeks to:
- Improve the health of communities
- Strengthen the local health system
- Innovate in community-based care
Focused on reducing childhood and maternal mortality, BCHC trains and supports village health workers across Bugoye in the care of childhood illnesses and women’s health while simultaneously building the capacity of the local health center. BCHC serves as the primary research, education, and public health platform for Global Medicine trainees. The program offers trainees the opportunities to engage in collaborative scholarly work focused on improving the health of communities. Focus of current and past work has included village health worker skills assessment, referral adherence, community acceptance of village health worker evaluations, maternal health, non-communicable disease diagnosis and care, and technology as a tool for village health worker teaching and health promotion.
First Mile Community Health Program
Initiated in 2018, the First Mile Community Health Program seeks to promote MUST’s mission strengthen the connections between the academic medical center at MUST with its surrounding communities and community health centers. In partnership with the MUST Department of Community Health, the program supports training at MUST for community health center staff and leaders. It also provides support to deepen the engagement of the MUST trainees and faculty in the community through clinical care, education, and research.