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Global Health Residency Pathway

The Global Health (GH) Residency Pathway combines rigorous training in pediatric medicine with the advanced study of global health. Pediatric residents obtain skills required improve the health and well-being of children living in low- or middle-income countries or resource-limited settings. Participants do not need to be planning a career in global health or complete an international elective to participate in this program.

Through didactic teaching, experiential learning and faculty mentorship, residents in this pathway will:

  • Examine global health issues including health care delivery, disease burden and resource allocation
  • Recognize, diagnose and manage common illnesses and tropical diseases seen outside the U.S.
  • Refine clinical judgment and diagnostic skills through experience in a lower resource setting
  • Enhance cross-cultural knowledge and sensitivity
  • Discuss principles of global bioethics
  • Appropriately prepare for international electives and reflect on their experience
  • Improve care for international patients, immigrants and refugees in the U.S.
  • Contribute to education of health care providers and communities at international sites and within our own institution

What Our Pathway Offers

Our dedicated Children's National Hospital Global Health Initiative (GHI) faculty create a supportive learning environment in which residents thrive and are engaged in discussing global health issues and principles through GHI-sponsored educational activities throughout the year and our biannual Introduction to Global Child Health Course. The course includes a dynamic line-up of presentations and speakers from our GHI faculty and local entities, including USAID, Save the Children, JSI, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland and Georgetown University.

Through national and international partnerships, affiliations and collaboration, pediatric residents have the opportunity to gain essential field experience by participating in 1-month international or immigrant health electives during their residency typically in their 2nd and/or 3rd year. Since the inception of the pediatric residency global health program at Children’s National in 2007, over 110 residents have completed electives in over 40 countries. Children’s National is committed to training the next generation of global health physicians.  

View examples of prior international and immigrant health electives completed during pediatric residency at Children's National. Many residents also develop their own international experience with mentors identified at Children's National.

Who Should Participate in the Global Health Residency Pathway? 

PL2 and PL3 residents should consider the GH pathway if you’re interested in gaining experience and knowledge related to global health, particularly caring for children living in low-income countries as well as caring for the diverse immigrant population here in Washington, D.C. Since the pathway curriculum contains no required rotations, residents in any track can participate.

We offer several educational opportunities of which residents may choose to complete all or only selected components. Resident educational opportunities include both elective rotations and self-study options.


A Global Health faculty mentor is not required for participation in the pathway. Mentorship by a faculty mentor in addition to your portfolio advisor is required for:

  • Completion of an International Elective
  • Qualification for Certificate in Global Child Health

Learn More About the Global Health Pathway