Division of Global and Community Health
The Division of Global and Community Health is a pioneering initiative positioned within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The Division builds on the Department's longstanding commitment to service. Grounded in the pillars of an academic medical institution — clinical care, medical education, and research — the Division seeks to address health disparities and to transform the way care is delivered in underserved communities, both locally and globally.
The Division of Global and Community Health is committed to advancing women's rights and improving health outcomes in obstetrics and gynecology by providing human-centered care, building capacity through education, and developing innovative approaches to health delivery in collaboration with communities.
Our core activities in global and community health include:
- Clinical care and innovation
- Research Investigation
- Medical education
- Multi-disciplinary collaboration
- Advocacy and community engagement
The Division of Global and Community Health is dedicated to advancing women's health and rights through innovative research initiatives. With the support of our Program in Epidemiologic Research and in collaboration with academic and community partners, here are examples of our research areas:
- Global Health
- Cervical cancer screening in Botswana
- Improving quality of childbirth care with a Safe Childbirth Checklist in rural Chipas, Mexico
- Gender-based violence and psychosocial outcomes in humanitarian crises
- Academic global health work models of OB/GYN faculty
- Community Health
The Division of Global and Community Health offers numerous opportunities for education and mentorship in global and community health for OB/GYN residents and fellows and Harvard Medical School students, such as:
- Clinical Education
- Resident longitudinal clinics at community health centers.
- Global and community health residency curriculum
- Optional bi-weekly BIDMC global health lectures and journal clubs
- Our core faculty provide individual resident mentorship in global and community health
Additionally, PGY1 residents can apply for the BIDMC Global Health Track for PGY2-4, which includes:
- A mentored global health project
- Participation in a global health delivery course
- Interdisciplinary global health curricular sessions
The Department of OB/GYN, BIDMC, and the broader community at Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health also offer additional resources and a rich community of colleagues dedicated to global and community health.
The Division of Global and Community Health is built on an academic model that provides service, builds local capacity, and meets the needs of communities. Obstetric and gynecologic providers work in collaboration with local and global partners to thoughtfully address reproductive health issues through a multi-disciplinary approach.
The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology is proud to be a core department of the hospital-wide BIDMC Global Health Program.
Elective in Botswana
This elective, based at Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Botswana, provides an opportunity for OB/GYN residents to engage in supervised patient care, medical education and quality improvement initiatives.