The Department of Medicine is proud to be involved in numerous global health efforts. Our main educational site is at Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Molepolole, Botswana, home to the BIDMC-Botswana Program’s resident elective and fellowship. The Internal Medicine Residency Program also has ongoing partnerships in Gabon and Vietnam. Additionally, the Department offers residents elective opportunities at BIDMC’s affiliated Community Health Centers and the national Indian Health Service, both of which address global health themes of marginalization and resource limitation domestically.
In addition to these educational opportunities, many members of the Department of Medicine are involved in projects and partnerships in countries around the world, including:
In addition to the residency elective and fellowship program, Scottish Livingstone Hospital (SLH) is the main site for Dr. Roger Shapiro’s research into mother-to-child transmission of HIV. His work is conducted as part of the Botswana-Harvard Partnership, a collaboration established in 1996 between Harvard faculty and SLH that focuses on HIV research, training, and capacity building.
Nephrologist Dr. Robert Brown is the current President of the volunteer organization TORCH (The Organization for Renal Care in Haiti), a consortium committed to bringing better kidney care to Haiti. TORCH works with the Partners in Health facility Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais in Mirebalais, Haiti.
Department Chair Dr. Mark Zeidel and other Medicine faculty have partnered with the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, offering quality improvement and education consultation.
Dr. Eli Gelfand of the CardioVascular Institute has partnered with global initiative Hearts Around the World since 2011. Dr. Gelfand and several members of the BIDMC community have traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to provide cardiovascular care and training at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
Since 2009, Dr. Tony Kaldany and the Division of Clinical Informatics have partnered with the Dasman Diabetes Institute in Kuwait City, Kuwait, to help develop an electronic health record aimed at improving diabetes and other health outcomes. Dasman’s leadership and many BIDMC-Harvard faculty members have worked together to create an international exchange of technology, research and education.
Dr. Tony Kaldany and the Division of Clinical Informatics are currently working to expand their international partnership to the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Department Chair Dr. Mark Zeidel and other Medicine faculty members have partnered with the National University Health System (NUHS) in Singapore to create an exchange of education, research, and quality improvement resources, and to offer consultation on the NUHS residency and medical student curricula.
Dr. Lowell Schnipper of the Division of Hematology/Oncology partners with St. Albert’s Mission Hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe, researching and implementing cervical cancer screening and prevention efforts. Dr. Schnipper’s work centers around providing inexpensive, effective, and sustainable care for African women at risk for cervical cancer.