Skip to main content Skip to navigation
We care about your privacy. Read about your rights and how we protect your data. Get Details

Global Health Curriculum

Goals of our Global Health Curriculum that equips our residents to provide compassionate care both in areas with limited resources in the United States and abroad.

To learn more about Children's National Global Health Initiative (GHI), please visit:  

Introduction to Global Child Health Elective

Introduction to Global Child Health Elective

This elective is offered twice per year to our residents. Global health topics, such as malaria and HIV, are covered, and the experience of those who have spent varying lengths of time practicing medicine abroad is shared. 

Upcoming Elective Date

March 5-9, 2018 – Coordinator: Dr. Kathy Ferrer | Course Schedule

Residents are also able to complete this elective as independent study on the CNMC educational website – contact Dr. Melanie Anspacher if interested.

Immigrant Health Elective

This “local” global health elective allows residents to rotate at primary care sites serving a large, diverse immigrant population in Washington, DC, as well as work with a medico-legal partnership, community organizations and complete an online curriculum. 

International Electives

Faculty Mentorship

For more information, please contact:

Elective Sites

Elective Sites

The list of sites is an example of some of the readily available international electives for our residents.   Many residents develop their own international experience with mentors throughout the hospital and abroad.

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.

Roatan: 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.

  • GWU Elective Sites
  • Project Medishare: Several Children's pediatric residents and faculty have joined a team from GWU to provide health care in Haiti through Project Medishare. Please contact Dr. Jeremy Kern if you would like more information on this experience or the GWU International Office for information on upcoming missions.Project Medishare Information (PDF)

Preparation for Overseas Work

Further resources and articles regarding preparation are available on the CNMC residents’ Blackboard website.

Resources to Learn About Destination Country

View individual country statistics or compare countries or regions using the Customized Statistical Tables tool.

Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

The Pediatric Residency Program has offered a limited number of Resident International Travel Grants each year for CNMC residents only. 

AAP Resident Travel Awards: The AAP awards a limited number of travel grants of $1,000 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.

Resources and Events

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.

  • Center for Global Development
  • Wilson Center Global Health Initiative
  • Save the Children
  • Educational Day Opportunity – Save the Children holds an Annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in April. Visit their website to learn about past Advocacy Days and future plans. In past years there has been one global health and one domestic health issue on the agenda. Participants receive an orientation on legislative advocacy and then are paired with an experienced group leader to visit congressional representatives. This is a great opportunity for residents interested in global health and advocacy.


Educational Modules

Global Health Online Resources

Global Health Fellowships

Global Health Fellowships

Multiple of our residents have pursued Global Health Fellowships after residency.  Alumni of our residency program have participated in fellowships for pediatricians in global health 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

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

Stanford-NBC Fellowship in Media and Global Health

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

Invest in future cures for some of life's most devastating diseases

See other ways to give
Share your birthday with a child. Celebrate your life, and give a chance to someone who desperately wants to have as many as you. Share your birthday with a child. Celebrate your life, and give a chance to someone who desperately wants to have as many as you. Make it happen