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 MGH Department of Medicine provides global health opportunities and training to all MGH Medicine Residents including:
Mentorship and Research
MGH Medicine Residents with an interest in global health are offered individualized mentorship and support throughout their residency career. In collaboration with the faculty from the MGH Center of Global Health, the residency program assists each resident in identifying scholarly and research opportunities that best suit their academic interests and career aspirations within global health.
All Medicine Residents are eligible to participate in away rotations as junior and senior residents. Away rotations provide the opportunity to participate in clinical, research, or other leadership experiences complementing clinical training and rotations at MGH. Annually, over one-third of all graduating residents have participated in an away rotation. Residents may choose to rotate at one of our institutional partner sites or other sites based on their own individualized interests.
Global Medicine Course
Offered annually, the 4-week Global Medicine Course is available to all Medicine Residents. Through interactive case studies, small group discussions, and practical skills sessions, the course seeks to:
- Expose participants to a diverse group of physician leaders engaging in health equity and social justice
- Explore how social factors and systems contribute to health inequities
- Examine local and global programs working for health equity
- Create a learning environment where participants can share their own experiences
- Encourage active engagement and provide pragmatic skills in improving the health of marginalized populations
Refugee, Immigrant and Global Health Ambulatory Subspecialty Experience (ASE)
This 2-week ambulatory rotation prepares residents for global health clinical experiences and to provide care for refugees and immigrants locally. Offered throughout the year, the rotation provides an array of clinical and didactic experiences to introduce residents to a wide variety of disease and global health topics.
Global Health Didactics
Throughout the year, MGH Medicine residents have the opportunity to participate in Global Health Resident Reports, Global Health Grand Rounds, Global Health Journal Club, case conferences with our international partners, dinner discussions, career panels, and networking opportunities around the MGH and Boston global health community.
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The MGH Global Medicine Concentration develops global health leaders committed to health equity.
The Concentration is a joint initiative of the MGH Department of Medicine and the MGH Center for Global Health. Embedded within the Categorical Training Program, the MGH Global Medicine Concentration seeks to train global health leaders who across resource settings are outstanding internal medicine clinicians committed to health equity with the ability to:
- Creatively engage the health of patients and communities with an understanding of social and historical context
- Establish and sustain global health partnerships
- Lead systems change
The Global Medicine Concentration provides residents with the expertise and flexibility to cultivate their individualized career paths in global health. Global Medicine trainees have the opportunity to develop their global health careers through:
- Clinical training in internal medicine focused on health care delivery, policy, implementation and evaluation for underserved populations in Boston and around the globe
- Structured, intentional mentorship and support from a global health community across MGH, Harvard, Boston and beyond
- Participation and leadership in the annual MGH Global Medicine Course
- Opportunities for away rotations during each year of residency
- Global health leadership training
- Global health research seminars
The concentration promotes the development of future leaders to advance health equity through intentional mentorship and community, longitudinal global health experiences, institutional partnerships, global health didactics, and the autonomy to shape your own career path.
In collaboration with the MGH Center of Global Health, the Global Medicine Concentration provides each resident with individualized mentorship. Mentors support each resident in identifying scholarly and research opportunities that best suit their academic interests and career aspirations within global health.
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