Global Health Training for Medicine Pediatric Residents

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Med-Peds Global Health Trackway

All interested residents can participate in this curriculum that includes lecture-based and online content, elective clinical experiences, mentoring, and supplemental evening events designed to help resident reduce healthcare disparities in the area of cross-cultural healthcare. The Pediatric Global Health Track hosts quarterly journal clubs at a faculty member's house.

UMN/CDC Global Health Course

(Medicine, Med/Peds, and Pediatric Residents)

This internationally acclaimed course, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, was developed to provide health care providers with hands-on experiences and preparatory guidance for the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) certification examination. As it applies to residents, the entire course curriculum consists of 7 online modules and a 4 week live course. All residents may access the 7 online modules, which may be taken independently or as a freestanding experience during an elective at the VA Hospital. The online modules must be completed for authorization to be given to participate in the live course (offered each May in Block 12). Completion of the entire course fulfills a registration requirement for the biennial ASTMH certification exam. Online Modules  |  Live Course 

Global Medicine Lecture Series

(Medicine, Med/Peds, and Pediatric Residents)

The Global Health Pathway offers a free monthly lecture series that is open to the public. Residents have the opportunity to present a Global Health Update at the opening of the lecture each month. They are also encouraged to present cases, research, and international academic project summaries along with program faculty and other local experts.

Travel and Tropical Medicine Elective

(Medicine and Med/Peds Residents)

A new elective, unique to the University of Minnesota, has been established to introduce IM and Med-Peds residents to the field of travel and tropical medicine. This one-month elective is an outpatient rotation with expert clinicians in travel and tropical medicine at the HealthPartners Travel and Tropical Medicine Center. During this rotation, residents also visit the CDC Quarantine Station at the MSP airport and the nationally renowned Minnesota Department of Health Refugee Program. 

Learn more about the Minnesota Department of Health Refugee Health Program

International Adoption Clinic

(Med/Peds and Pediatric residents)

Residents can participate in a 1 month elective at the International Adoption Clinic, helping to review international healthcare records, participating in clinic visits, and learning about the international adoption process.

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International Rotations

(Medicine, Med/Peds, and Pediatric Residents)

The University of Minnesota has developed affiliation agreements with medical programs in Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Haiti, Bolivia, Zambia, India, Nepal, Laos, Cameroon, and Cambodia. Residents may participate in a 1-2 month international elective involving medical anthropology, clinical/teaching experience, or research in internal medicine and/or pediatrics. Health and safety guidance prior to departure is offered, as residents gather to discuss the ethical implications of international medical experiences. Residents interested in refugee health may have the opportunity to visit an IOM (International Organization for Migration) Country Office and associated resettlement camps as a 1 month international elective.  

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Indian Health/Tribal Rotation

(Medicine, Medicine-Pediatrics, and Pediatrics Residents)

In Rosebud, South Dakota, residents have the opportunity to participate in direct patient care and community health services for the Sicangu Lakota Oyate (Rosebud Sioux Tribe). The educational focus for residents seeks to impart greater understanding of health care and health systems in rural Native American communities, to convey the specific social determinants of health in AI/AN communities, and to demonstrate the value of cross-sectorial, community-driven health solutions on AI/AN reservations. Residents work with community and Indian Health Service agency partners to assist in providing direct patient care, aiding the tribe if requested in health program promotion, and developing and strengthening collaborative relationships.

Clinical Experience

(Medicine and Med/Peds Residents)

Due to the large refugee population in Minneapolis and St. Paul, residents will have the opportunity to learn about international health while caring for refugees and immigrants during core rotations. Interested residents may participate in an elective month or be assigned to a continuity clinic that serves predominantly refugees and immigrants. Health Partners Center for International Health is one such clinic in St. Paul that is paving the way for refugee/immigrant healthcare as new arrivals are evaluated and care is established with a large core of interpreters, mental health providers, and social workers always available to work with health care providers trained in tropical medicine.

Humanitarian Crisis Simulation

(Medicine, Med/Peds, and Pediatric Residents)

Each year residents can register for a 48 hour experience designed to immerse them in an environment typical of humanitarian crises. This exercise involves collaboration with the school of public health and public affairs. 

Learn more about Humanitarian Crisis Simulation