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    Program Mission:

    We aim to provide an excellent, well rounded global health experience and curriculum that will prepare residents to serve as leaders in high quality, cost effective local and international community based medical solutions for defined populations.


    Specific Goals:
    • Provide mentorship and support for residents to attain career goals in caring for the community they choose to serve as a family physician.

    • Advocacy for underserved communities both domestic and international.

    • Improved cultural competency

    • Train future leaders in global/domestic health program administration and advocacy, effecting change in health/social policy, and coalition building/funding procurement.

    Requirements
    • Project/Research

    • Presentations of project to local, regional, or national meeting

    • Attendance at various curriculum events


    • Structure:

      Residents in the track will be provided two weeks during the first year and four weeks during second and third year for global health experiences. They will have the opportunity to participate monthly in Global Health Seminars that combine the format of journal club articles and global health didactic presentations. A required scholarly project will be based on a patient population outside the United States and can include research on health care delivery, social topics, tropical disease, or another topic of interest in the realm of global health. The global health track director and specific faculty at each site will mentor residents in the track. All residents have the option of taking electives in global health and the global health didactic sessions are available to all residents, not only those in the track.

      Examples of topics include:
    • Earthquake medicine
    • Working in disasters
    • Community oriented primary care
    • Protozal infection
    • Typhoid
    • Helminths
    • Blood borne parasites
    • Malnutrition
    • Electronic resources in global health
    • Blood smears and stool exams
    • Low cost water filters

      Current and past projects:
    • Village COPC project in San Jose, Honduras
    • Clinical elective in Kenya
    • COPC project with family medicine residency in Kaita, Japan
    • Community Health and Literacy project in Thomassin, Haiti
    • Chispuditos feeding study, Honduras
    • MyGlobalHealth interactive electronic learning site, Pittsburgh, PA
    • GIS community health survey, Honduras
    • Water quality study
    • Water filter study
    • HIV incidence and management in the Philippines
    • Dengue education in a destitute second of Manila
    • Improving primary services in a Chinese clinic

      An online website has been developed for UPMC Global Health programs in various specialties and for family medicine managed by Dr. Paul Larson. This site is open to anyone to use and residents can access presentations and information on global health from many specialties at UMPC.

      The link is:
      UPMC Global Health Track Website
     
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