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Global and Community Health

The Global and Community Health Program integrates global and community health principles to promote a global consciousness of women's health and to foster culturally competent practices in the communities we serve.

We are committed to advancing reproductive health care in an equitable, ethical, and dynamic manner, whether in Boston or Sub-Saharan Africa. To that end, we support innovative approaches to global health delivery that engage community partners and build capacity through education.

Building on existing collaboration among the BIDMC Department of Medicine and the Botswana Harvard Partnership at Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Molepole, Botswana, the OBGYN department has expanded its contributions. This unique program is comprised of a full-time OBGYN faculty physician based at Scottish Livingstone Hospital to deliver clinical care, provide medical education, and supervise OBGYN residents. These residents will have the opportunity to engage in service-based learning projects, including supervised clinical electives and quality improvement projects.

We also contribute to the dialogue on global health delivery and policy through engagement in various Harvard-based committees and national and international organizations, including American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and the World Health Organization.

We encourage faculty, staff, and students to participate in service-based projects, research, and educational initiatives in collaboration with local and international partners.  Residents may also choose to conduct their longitudinal clinics in Boston's medically underserved communities at health centers such as Bowdoin Street Health CenterBeth Israel Deaconess HealthCare-Chelsea, and South Cove Community Health Center.  We encourage residents to contribute their second and third year elective time towards global and community health initiatives.  The department, the hospital and the broader community at Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health offer additional opportunities including:

  • Ambulatory clinical rotation for PGY1 residents.
  • Longitudinal clinics at one of the affiliated health centers.
  • Development of educational curricula and outreach for the community health center setting.
  • OBGYN departmental global and community health curriculum.
  • Hospital-wide global health curriculum and journal club.
  • BIDMC Global Health Residency track: PGY1 residents may apply for the hospital-wide residency track, a three-year program comprised of a mentored global health project, global health delivery course, and longitudinal curriculum.
  • All OBGYN residents receive mentorship, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and other support to pursue global and community health projects.


The OBGYN department is dedicated to advancing reproductive health care and human rights through its progressive global health research initiatives. A full-time OBGYN faculty member leads research on gender-based violence in humanitarian settings and psychosocial factors, with a focus on violence-related stigma and resilience in the contact of trauma. 

Our OBGYN faculty and residents apply rigorous research methodologies to advance global women's health and address health care disparities.

SarahNepalResearch initiatives build on prior and existing collaborations in a number of countries, including

  • Haiti
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Kenya
  • Ethiopia
  • Tanzania

Meet the Global Health Team

Contact Information

Global and Community Health Program
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Kirstein Building, 3rd Floor
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-667-4165
Fax: 617-667-4173

Elective in Botswana

The Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinical Elective in Botswana provides an opportunity for OB/GYN residents to engage in supervised patient care, medical education and quality improvement in a resource-limited setting