Education & Outreach

The Mass General Critical Care Center’s Global Outreach and Health Initiative (GOHI) engages our global community to address health disparities for the critically ill and injured.

Who We Are

The goal of GOHI is to nurture and train health professionals that can better respond to the global burden of disease for the critically ill and injured. Clinical care, research and education must go hand-in-hand. Balanced leadership, on both sides of the partnership, creates more enduring, efficient and sustainable collaborations to solve the world's greatest health challenges. GOHI's reach and success will rely on international collaboration across academic institutions and on the vision and generosity of our partners and supporters.


International Partners:

  • Mbarara University of Science and Technology
  • International Centre of Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh

Mass General Collaborators:

  • Center for Global Health: Directed by Dr. David Bangsberg, the Mass General Center for Global Health's mission is to help prevent avoidable deaths and alleviate the pain and mental anguish resulting from disease, natural disasters, poverty and war.
  • Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine: The Departments Global Health Outreach is lead by Dr. Paul Firth. Dr. Firth has helped initiate teleconferences and seminars between MGH and Uganda and is leading efforts to help with peri-operative capacity building.
  • Department of Medicine: The Department encompasses a wide-range of medical subspecialties and opportunities for training. While some Divisions, such as Infectious Diseases, have long been involved in global health delivery and research, many others are only now gaining ground. The portfolio of activities is growing to include an innovative four-year residency in global primary care which focuses on expanding care and capacity building. The Department further sends up to 30 residents abroad annually to participate in rotations.
  • Pediatric Global Health Program: Its mission is to improve the health of children in developing nations through medical education, international clinical service, and research. The first of two initiatives, the Global Health Education Program is a longitudinal residency experience comprised of a series of lectures and international experiences open to all pediatric and medicine-pediatrics residents. The second initiative is research. The Department is strengthened by its partnership with Lata Medical Research Foundation and the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College in Nagpur, India. Current projects, for example, include a focus on reducing maternal and neonatal mortality with the introduction of a community-based package, point-of-care diagnostics, and new strategies to reduce mortality from childhood pneumonia, the number one global killer of children under age 5.
  • Emergency Department Division of Health and Human Rights: The Division of Health and Human Rights is engaged in a number of education and training programs. Recent projects have examined the potential role of health systems in addressing sex trafficking, studied targeted use of affordable health technologies in resource-limited settings, and developed novel, comprehensive initiatives to combat child malnutrition. Opportunities for research and international experience are open to medical students, residents and faculty. Additionally, the Division offers two-year fellowships for physicians interested in global health training and experience.
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology: The Department offers elective time during which residents may travel overseas and participate in delivery of obstetric and gynecologic care. Additionally, the residents have opportunities to become involved in research projects and individualized mentorship is available.
  • Department of Surgery: The Department aims to facilitate surgical education and capacity building programs in resource-poor settings. Incorporating global health education into surgical training curricula is a traditional but addressable challenge. Mass General surgeons have been involved in a number of projects including efforts in Haiti, surgical care in Kenya, neurosurgical trauma management and capacity-building in Uganda, and studying the efficacy of pre-operative checklists in resource-poor settings.


200 years and counting

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