Pediatrics Global Health Track

UK Department of Pediatrics offers pediatric residents the opportunity to participate in a Global Health Track as part of their residency. The Global Health Track is a unique program designed to train physician leaders in clinical medicine, teaching, health policy, service, and research in global health. At its core, successful training in global health requires an understanding of underserved populations, health care disparities and advocating for these patients and helping them access community resources. For these reasons, clinical training will provide exposure not only to international sites, but will give residents additional opportunities to participate in local sites providing care to underserved populations in Lexington and the surrounding areas. The overall curriculum and conferences are designed to address health policy, public health issues, and social factors influencing health and disease in the global context. The program is directed by Dr. Thomas Young, who has led Medical Brigades to Ecuador and India for the past ten years, and who successfully established a permanent medical facility just outside Santo Domingo, Ecuador in 2007.

Program Highlights

  • Joint Global Health Conference Series with Family Practice. Monthly presentations and discussions on global health issues.
  • Experiences at Baby Health Service, Migrant Health Center, International Adoption Clinic, UK Travel Clinic, UK-Manipal Telemedicine Case Conferences, and refugee clinic.
  • Yearly participation in the Shoulder to Shoulder week-long Medical Brigades to Ecuador or India. Residents will have progressive responsibility in planning the Medical Brigades, with senior residents leading, planning and taking on in-country leadership of the Brigade.
  • In the final year of training, residents will have a one month Global Health Elective in a developing country working in a health center approved by the department.
  • Residents will complete a Scholarly Project on a topic relevant to global healthcare, and have the opportunity to present at resident Noon Conference and Department Grand Rounds.
  • Other non-required opportunities available through the Global Health Track include attendance at the Tropical Medicine annual course and completion of a Global Health Certificate, available through the UK department of Public Health.

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