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Global Health TeachingBradley Van Heukelum and Mike Lewis in Honduras

In general, the mandatory curriculum for the entire residency offers six global health teaching afternoon sessions during the course of the three year residency (18 hours). This format utilizes intra- and extra-departmental global health experts in presenting topics of importance through seminar style teaching. Second-year global health residents take responsibility for organizing the teaching afternoon, engaging their leadership skills to identify particular topics to present to their colleagues. Sources include:

Bradley Van Heukelum and
Mike Lewis in Honduras

  • Global Health Education Consortium modules
  • Expertise of faculty
  •  Other resources

Global Health Book Club

Over the course of the Global Health Track, faculty have introduced 35 books to the residency discussion group. Global Health Book Club is open to global health residents and faculty, as well as other travelers or interested persons in the larger global health community. This creates a diverse group of readers and discussants. During a resident’s three year curriculum, they are introduced to 15 books or assigned reading materials. Books come from a variety of genres to create a diverse teaching/learning environment: Autobiography/biography, graphic novels, historical, indigenous people, local history, literary, medical/forensic and science are the typical genres. The topics cover historical events affecting the community to the globe. Through cultural immersion in literature, readers travel to Afghanistan, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, India, Iran, Morocco, Rwanda, Somalia, Southern California with the Hmong, and Sudan.

Global Health Meetings

Residents attend two meetings in preparation for each two week trip and one meeting upon return. In addition, residents attend a "packing party" before each two week trip. Each resident takes leadership on two or three on-site projects in country. Projects thus far have included cistern building, piped water projects, water assessment, slow sand filter or silver emulsion clay pot filters, latrine building and design, child health assessment, English language practice sessions for elementary school teachers, curriculum session for elementary school teachers on science, math, health, and literacy, fish farming, drip irrigation farming, microfinance projects, scholarship program for middle school children, community health education skits, young woman sexual education programs, assessment of domestic violence project, teaching topics for the Community Health Worker, staffing the pharmacy, dental assessment, extraction, and fluoride treatment, training sessions for midwives. In addition, new topics and projects are offered each year. Residents are expected to become well versed in the various projects prior to arriving in the host country. Upon return from the trip, residents attend a post-trip debriefing session to discuss their learning and to pass along recommendations for travelers on the next trip, which creates a continuity of services for both travelers and the community.

Global Health Evening Talks

All travelers to the host country prepare a 30-minute seminar on a topic of their choice, typically from the Global Health Education Consortium modules, and present them low tech (as there is no guarantee of electricity on-site). Attendees receive a total of ten (10) didactic seminars, one each evening of the trip. Additionally, teaching moments occur with hands on precepting of cases in the clinic, during patient home visits, or emergency trips to the area hospital. Read more information about our global health curriculum.