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BIDMC-Botswana Program


The BIDMC-Botswana Program is an exciting resident elective and fellowship opportunity for those interested in a unique global health learning experience. It was launched in 2011 in partnership with Scottish Livingstone Hospital (SLH) and the Botswana Ministry of Health in Molepolole, Botswana, and the Botswana-Harvard Partnership.

The Botswana-BIDMC Program became the primary global health training program within the internal medicine residency program. Since then, BIDMC Department of Medicine has maintained a permanent faculty presence at SLH. Dr. Jon Crocker directs the program in Boston, while Dr. Tomer Barak serves as current country director in Botswana and oversees clinical, medical education and quality improvement partnerships at SLH.

In 2013, Oregon Health and Science University formally entered the partnership, and in the 2014-2015 academic year, the program was opened to residents from BIDMC's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The global health elective at SLH offers inpatient and outpatient clinical/educational opportunities, and integrates U.S. residents into ward teams comprised of Botswana medical students and interns, U.S. residents and SLH medical officers and nursing staff.