Global Medicine Pathway

global med pathway


The Global Medicine Pathway is for residents in the internal medicine, medicine-pediatrics and medicine-dermatology residency programs. The Global Medicine program consists of over 35 faculty, one to two chief residents, and approximately 50 residents from the internal medicine, medicine-pediatrics and medicine-dermatology residency programs. More than 80 residents have completed international rotations through our partner sites since 2000. 

We prepare physicians to provide better care in the global village:

  • Improve your ability to deliver healthcare to immigrants, refugees, and travelers.
  • Develop a clinical or academic career in global health.
  • Expand your understanding of under-represented diseases.
  • Increase your confidence and competence in caring for multicultural patient populations.
  • Pursue a career in under-served communities.
  • Build and foster local, national, and international community collaborations.

Why Join the Pathway?

  • Connect with global medicine faculty mentors from the surrounding community
  • Access global medicine communities at the University of Minnesota
  • Join nationally-renowned online and in-person courses
  • Sit for the exam for the internationally recognized Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine & Travelers’ Health (CTropMed®) from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, or the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene from the UK-based Royal College of Physicians
  • Receive sponsored membership to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Enjoy priority scheduling for international rotations and continuity clinic

Details about the Pathway

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Details about the Pathway

Global Medicine Pathway Eligibility

  • Participants must be a current Internal Medicine, Medicine-Dermatology, or Medicine-Pediatrics resident within the University of Minnesota’s Department of Medicine.
  • Residents must obtain approval from their residency program director and coordinator.

Global Medicine Pathway Core Components

  • Clinical Tropical Medicine & Global Health Curriculum; 7 online courses – the first of its kind in the country.
  • Live Global Medicine Course, a 4-week elective during residency.
  • International and domestic rotations for one-two months during your residency.
  • Global Medicine Lecture Series and other UMN and Twin Cities campus conferences.
  • Continuity clinic that serves globally mobile populations available to a limited number of residents each year.
  • Travel and Tropical Medicine elective month.
  • Global health academic project/scholarly activity during residency.

Global Medicine Pathway Requirements

  1. Complete Online and In-Person Global Health Course (offered each May - we strongly recommend you do this before your international rotation).
  2. Participate in a Global Medicine rotation at an approved site (international elective or approved domestic rotation) during residency. For international rotations, we suggest 2 months.
  3. Complete a research, educational, or advocacy project focused on global health (research, poster presentation, case presentation, update at a GMLS lecture, or discuss other options with mentor/global health chief resident).
  4. Meet with Global Medicine Program Directors during 1st or 2nd year.
  5. Attend 6 Global Medicine Lecture Series events over your residency (make sure to sign in when you arrive to get credit).

Suggested Plan for the Pathway Year-by-Year

Year 1 (IM and Med/Peds)

  • Enroll into Medicine Global Health Pathway on the Google Form
  • Attend Global Medicine lectures including morning report, noon conference and TTMS
  • Start thinking about areas of interest and connecting with Global Health Mentors
  • Sign up for Global Health online courses

Year 2 (IM) -- Year 2/3 (Med/Peds)

  • Choose mentor and begin working on a global medicine project
  • Attend Global Medicine lectures including morning report, noon conference and TTMS
  • Complete 5 global health online courses prior to taking GH live course
  • Consider local global health electives (Migrant Farm Worker Elective, Travel Medicine Clinic, Rosebud)
  • Global Health In-Person Course in May (recommended before international elective)

Year 3 (IM) -- Year 3/4 (Med/Peds)

  • Continue mentor meetings and career development
  • Attend Global Medicine lectures including morning report, noon conference and GMLS
  • Finish and present academic project/activity
  • International elective (preferred in latter part of training)
  • Finish any remaining global health online courses.

Reading List

Core Texts

Tropical & Travel Medicine

Cross-Cultural Health


If you're in the Pathway, make sure you join the WhatsApp group to stay in touch! Ask Sarah to send you the join link. 

For More Information

Global Medicine Pathway


Medicine-Pediatrics Trackway

(Medicine Pediatric Residents)

Visit the Medicine-Pediatrics Trackway website

Global Health Track for Pediatric Residents

Visit the Global Pediatrics Track website