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BIDMC Internal Medicine Global Health Program

Our Mission

We aim to enable clinicians to become leaders in addressing global health disparities by developing, strengthening and refining skills as humble, effective practitioners in resource-challenged settings. We accomplish this through clinical stewardship, medical education and quality improvement within a contextual and ethical framework of local partnership.

Program Features

Global Health Elective for BIDMC Residents

Available to Internal Medicine residents in PGY-2 or PGY-3 year, during “Area of Concentration (AOC)” time. Application required. Our main site is Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Botswana.  

  • Up to 6 consecutive weeks abroad (4 weeks + 2 weeks vacation) in Botswana.
  • Must participate in 40% of Global Health Curricular sessions in the academic year of their travel.
  • Lead rounds, engage in clinical teaching at bedside while at SLH.
  • Give at least 2 formal didactics to med-students, interns and/or SLH medical staff.
  • Opportunity to engage in longitudinal quality improvement projects at SLH.
  • Mentorship by program director, country director and global health fellows.
  • Up to $1500 travel reimbursement for BIDMC medicine residents.

Additional locations: Residents may also seek domestic global health experiences through the Indian Health Service or at BIDMC-affiliated community health centers. Residents have completed global health electives in Vietnam and Gabon, though these require approval on a case-by-case basis.

Global Health Elective for Non-BIDMC Residents

We consider applications from non-BIDMC/OHSU Internal Medicine residents, as well as Family Medicine and Medicine-Pediatric residents seeking a mentored internal medicine global health training opportunity. Learn how to apply for this elective, which is offered at Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Botswana.

  • Available to residents in PGY-2 or or higher, application and letter of support from trainee’s program director required.
  • Minimum of 4 weeks in Botswana.
  • Lead rounds and engage in clinical/bedside teaching while at SLH.
  • Give at least 2 formal didactics to med-students, interns and/or SLH medical staff.
  • Opportunity to engage in longitudinal quality improvement projects.
  • Mentorship by program director, country director and global health fellows.
  • Housing available, and transportation to/from SLH provided.

Global Health Residency Track

Learning how to work effectively in resource-limited settings requires both training and experience. The Global Health Track aspires to give both within a traditional 3-year internal medicine residency training program.

  • Available to residents starting PGY-2 year, application required mid-PGY-1 year.
  • Attend Global Health Delivery (Summer) Intensive course at the Harvard TD Chan School of Public Health in July of PGY2.
  • Up to 12 weeks in two global health opportunities; up to 6 weeks abroad each (4 weeks + 2 weeks vacation) – one during PGY2, one during PGY 3 year. One elective must be in Botswana.
  • Attend at least 70% Global Health Curriculum Series in PGY2 and PGY3 year.
  • Lead rounds and engage in clinical teaching at bedside while at SLH.
  • Give at least 2 formal didactics to medical students, interns and/or SLH medical staff.
  • Opportunity to engage in longitudinal quality improvement projects.
  • Mentorship by program director, country director and global health fellows.
  • Up to $1500 travel reimbursement per global health elective.

Contact Information

Global Health Program
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
303 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-754-4677
E-mail: jcrocker@bidmc.harvard.edu

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