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Global Child Health Curriculum

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Introduction to Global Child Health Elective

Upcoming Elective Dates:

Global Health Elective Course Objectives Summary (PDF)
Residents also will be able to complete this elective as independent study on the Children's National educational website – contact Melanie Anspacher, MD, if interested.

Immigrant Health Elective
This “local” global health elective allows residents to rotate through two primary care sites serving a large, diverse immigrant population in Washington, DC, as well as work with community organizations and complete an online curriculum. Contact Melanie Anspacher if interested.

International Elective

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Faculty Mentorship:
  • ALL residents planning an international elective must do so with the guidance of a Children's National Global Health Faculty Mentor. Residents should plan to meet with the Faculty Mentor at least three months prior to the elective if not sooner.
  • Global Health Faculty Mentors 2013-14 (PDF)

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Elective Sites:

Laos: Health Frontiers, an American NGO, supports Pediatric Residency Training for Lao physicians. For information on doing an elective in Laos, visit the Health Frontiers website, or contact Melanie Anspacher, MD, Laos Project Director.

Rotations in Roatan at the Clinica Esperanza or Roatan Volunteer Pediatric Clinic through Kristen Breslin, MD. See Roatan Rotation Summary for more information and language skill requirements.

Baylor Pediatric AIDS Corp: Opportunities for international electives are available at various sites through the Baylor Pediatric AIDS Corp. Please contact BIPAI Alum/Mentors Kathy Ferrer, MD or Clarissa Dudley, MD for more information.

Thailand: An elective in Chiang Saen, Thailand includes both clinical experience at a local hospital and volunteer work with an organization dedicated to victims of child trafficking. Contact Dafina Good, MD. See Thailand Elective for more information on this rotation.

India: Elective opportunities at various academic centers in India can be arranged with the supervision of Nalini Singh, MD.

Philippines:  Residents can rotate at the The Philippine General Hospital, a 102-year old national tertiary referral center and teaching hospital of University of Philippines Manila.  Interested residents can contact Nathalie Quion, MD.

GWU has numerous international sites that are established for medical student electives but also are available for resident electives.  Contact the GWU Office of International Medicine for more information.

Other international elective databases:

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Preparation for Overseas Work:
Further resources and articles regarding preparation are available on the Children's National residents’ Blackboard website.

Resources to learn about destination country:

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Funding Opportunities:

The Pediatric Residency Program offers a limited number of Resident International Travel Grants each year.  Information and application can be found on the residents’ online community, or contact Dr. Melanie Anspacher for more information (for CNMC residents only).

AAP Resident Travel Awards: The AAP awards 12 travel grants of $1000 each to residents doing international electives.  The International Elective Awards will be chosen within two cycles, due September 15 and March 15.

AAP Directory of Funding Sources

The Yale Johnson and Johnson Physician Scholars in International Health program awards a finite number of travel grants each year to residents outside of Yale. Visit the website for updated information on the application deadline.

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Medical Resources:

Educational Modules:

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Washington, DC, Resources and Events

The following organizations often have Global Health lectures, panel discussions, congressional briefings, and other events that are distributed by email.  Events will be posted by email as they are received.  Consider signing up for email notification if interested.

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Annual Conferences:

CHOP Annual Global Health Conference
November 1, 2013. Philadelphia, PA
Violence Against Children: Global Perspectives on Resilience, Response and Health Outcomes.

Management of Humanitarian Emergencies:  Focus on Children and Families
June, 2014. Cleveland, OH
This is an excellent course for anyone who might be planning to do disaster relief in the future.  Relatively inexpensive dorm housing is available and special registration rates for residents are offered. The conference is held annually in June. 

Unite for Sight Annual International Health Conference

April 12-13, 2014, New Haven, CT.
This conference covers a broad range of global health topics, with eye disease being only one of them.  The number of topics covered is vast and the speakers are impressive.  It is particularly geared toward students and residents, and the registration fee is very low.  Register early (rate increases as it gets closer to the conference).  Residents qualify for the student rate.

Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Annual Conference
May 10-12, 2014. Washington, DC.
CUGH is dedicated to building collaborations and exchanging knowledge between university global health programs. 

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Global Health Online Resources:

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Professional Development

Organizations and Associations

Job/ Volunteer Opportunities After Residency and Beyond:
Global Health Fellowships:
Research fellowships for pediatricians in global health have been developed at the following programs. Contact the individual program for information on availability and application deadlines.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia David E. Pincus Global Health Fellowship
Contact: Rodney Finalle, MD

Center for Global Child Health, Massachusetts General Hospital
Contact: Thomas Burke, MD

Children’s Hospital of Boston/Partners in Health
Contact:  Kim Wilson, MD

Masters Degree Program: The University of California, San Francisco, offers a one-year Masters of Science in Global Child Health.

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