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Internal Medicine Global Health Program

Training Leaders in Global Health

BIDMC doctor helping patient in Vietnam


Our Mission

Our mission is to train leaders in global health to be effective practitioners in underserved, resource-limited settings and to design, manage, improve and evaluate global public health programs that address the health problems of the world's neediest populations.

Program Objectives

• Introduce global health issues to BIDMC medical residents
• Contribute to the health and well-being of underserved populations in Boston and around the world
• Enrich the medical knowledge and enhance the clinical skills of residents by practicing in unique settings with limited resources
• Expand research opportunities
• Advance the careers of BIDMC residents in the fields of international health, public policy and research

Opportunities for All

Botswana: The Department has a permanent presence in Botswana. Dr. Tomer Barak, a member of our faculty, is currently full-time at Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Molepolole, Botswana, a hospital staff member and clinical teacher, Dr. Barak precepts residents throughout the year. This elective opportunity is now welcoming residents from outside of the BIDMC system. Learn how to apply for this elective, or support the program.

Vietnam: We also have a permanent presence in Vietnam. Physician and nurse training on HIV/AIDS care in Vietnam takes place through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. BIDMC contacts include Drs. Lisa Cosimi (Medical Director), Howard Libman (Education Specialist), Todd Pollack (In-Country Medical Director), and Bridget Gardner (Associate Director).

Additional locations: The Department offers rotations at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Gabon and other international sites. Residents can also do rotations through the Indian Health Service or at BIDMC-affiliated community health centers.

Global Health Track

Learning how to work effectively in resource-limited settings requires both training and experience. The Global Health Track aspires to give both. Participants in the Global Health Track will participate with learners from around the world in the Global Health Effectiveness Program at the Harvard School of Public Health; they will engage in our hospital-wide, year-long global health curriculum and journal club, and they will be given the opportunity for two field experiences during residency. Read more about the Global Health Track in these introductory materials

Hospital-wide Program Linking Residents to Global Opportunities

The BIDMC Global Health Program is a hospital-wide program available to all BIDMC residents. While requirements and timelines may differ between departments and specialties, the overarching goal is to provide residents with further training and education in the discipline of global health. Learn more about BIDMC-wide global health opportunities.

Contact Information

Global Health Program
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
303 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-754-4677

New Fellowship Opportunity

Health providers in Bostwana
The BIDMC-Botswana program now offers a fellowship opportunity for those interested in learning, teaching and providing care in a resource-limited setting. Read more