Internal Medicine Residency

Global Health Equities Track - Curriculum Didactics

Recognizing that patients and health care providers are constrained by the socioeconomic and political context in which they work, this program strives to include education on the inequities and structural barriers that are important factors in the creation of health or disease for many populations around the world.

The components of the Didactic Curriculum are:
  • PGY2 seminar course: 2 week course in the PGY2 year exploring contextual issues in global and community health and examining different strategies used to address these issues. Throughout the course, residents meet and interact with experts in various fields that relate to health equity. Speakers come from academia, policy and government, ngos, and community advocacy organizations. Also indcluded are simulation cases and skill sessions in bedside ultrasound, microbiology,and program planning.
  • Online Curriculum: a web-based curriculum with both self-guided modules on the epidemiology and clinical aspects of major commuicable and non-communicable diseases, bioethics and clinical unknown cases.
  • Discussion Series: bi-monthly discussions over lunch reports or potluck meals with invited speakers and discussants often in collaboration with the Penn Global Health Center and CHOP global health community.
  • Resident Report Presentations: each resident leads a Resident Report about a topic on which s/he is working. The topic may be drawn from residents' scholarly project, their abroad experience or their community continuity site work.
  • Career Building: track faculty provide on-going mentoring and support for residents as they develop their career plans. A career-building seminar series focuses on building experiences, making connections and defining learning goals for a career in global health.

Clinical Work

Abroad Time

Each resident will be able to spend one month abroad in the PGY2 year and one month in his/her PGY3 year. The PGY2 year is focused on clinical care, whereas the PGY3 time abroad may be either clinical or, where appropriate, spent working towards the resident’s scholarly project goals in areas such as clinical research, QI, policy/advocacy or medical education.

Currently, the GHE track is working with sites in Botswana, the Dominican Republic (Med/Peds), and the Indian Health Service. The goal is for the program to engage in long-term relationship building that will allow mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and capacity building for both partners. Residents are expected to work with one site for both years.

Scholarly project

All internal medicine residents complete a schlarly project, and residents in the GHT select a topic relevant to global or community health equity. The format for the activity itself is flexible and can range from clilnical research to policy/advocacy, quality improvement, curriculum, or a community service project.

Career building and Community

Recognizing that many residents who choose this program are looking towards careers in global health, this program supports residents to develop on their career path through mentorship,conferences and connections.. The global health program also aims to foster relationships between program participants and experts in the field of global health and alumni of the track. The GHE track group also gets together at GHE events, reports and potlucks to have informal discussions as well as present and workshop their projects and partnerships.