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Bradley Van Heukelum and Mike Lewis in HondurasGlobal Health Teaching

The residency offers a Global Health teaching afternoon session annually. The 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.

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 evening meetings in preparation for each two-week trip and a debriefing 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
Sexual education programs for young women
Assessment of domestic violence
Teaching topics for the Community Health Worker
Pharmacy staffing
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.


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.