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Resident Experiences

Read about our Global Health residents' experiences around the world.


"I came away from my experience in Botswana with an even stronger conviction that this is what I want to do with my life, that I had truly found my calling."

"It goes without saying that my clinical experience in Botswana was unmatched by any rotation in Boston. As I had hoped, I enjoyed a great degree of autonomy and gained confidence in employing my basic clinical skills and medical reasoning in the management of HIV, TB, and other related conditions."


"I achieved the concrete goals of gaining valuable medical knowledge of HIV care in resource-poor settings and learning important clinical bedside skills where advanced diagnostic tools were. Perhaps more importantly the experience strengthened my resolve to devote my career to international health, aiming to deliver medical care to those who have so little."

Indian Health Service: Alaska and New Mexico

"Senior residents may choose to spend elective time working with the Indian Health Service at one of many sites in the Southwestern US or throughout Alaska. Working with the underserved communities in these remote locations allows residents to experience the challenges of health care delivery faced by providers and patients in these areas." 

"I went to both Nome, Alaska and Shiprock, New Mexico. Both were fantastic experiences. Nome was unique in that you were truly in the tundra, providing care to a community steeped in a tradition that relies on the land for its way of life. Shiprock was fabulous as well; working with the Navajo people was truly a privilege. I would highly recommend an IHS rotation as they were undoubtedly a major highlight of my residency."

Contact Information

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