The Global Medicine Program at Massachusetts General Hospital is an innovative initiative of the Department of Medicine and Mass General Global Health that integrates the principles and practice of global health and care for vulnerable populations. The goals of the program are to:

  • Develop future leaders to advance health equity
  • Build meaningful partnerships
  • Impact the health of communities, both locally and globally

To accomplish these goals, the Global Medicine Program invests in innovative curricula and mutually rewarding partnerships to create service, teaching, and research opportunities where leadership training occurs in concert with health systems strengthening and direct service to underserved populations. Residents and fellows develop clinical and analytical skills, a deep understanding of public health principles, a systems-based approach, and advocacy tools to advance health equity and improve the health of communities. The Global Medicine Program provides physicians with the expertise and flexibility to cultivate their individualized career path in global health.

Global Medicine Residency Program Features

  • Clinical training in internal medicine including domestic ambulatory training focused on health care delivery, policy, implementation and evaluation for vulnerable populations in the Boston area
  • Structured, intentional mentorship and support from a global health community across Mass General, Harvard, Boston and beyond
  • Participation in the Harvard Program in Clinical Effectiveness (PCE) or equivalent academic activities
  • Participation and leadership in the annual Global Medicine Curriculum
  • Five months of fieldwork including at least three months in Uganda as part of the program’s longitudinal partnership
  • Mentored scholarly project in collaboration with global health faculty

Global Medicine Fellowship and Faculty Development Program Features

The Global Medicine Fellowship builds on the residency program foundation to provide fellows with the mentorship, curriculum, protected time, and clinical experiences to move forward in a global health career. The key components of the one-year program are:

  • Approximately five months of in depth field experiences in global health
  • Intentional, structured mentorship focused on individualized career goals and the skills and relationships necessary to reach those goals
  • Care for vulnerable patients and populations across a variety of settings including urban Boston and rural Uganda
  • Supported, mentored transition into clinical attending role
  • Pragmatic, career-oriented global health didactics and conferences
  • Scholarly project in global health at the level of a first author or the equivalent

Global Medicine Resident Rotations, Electives and Activities

The Mass General Department of Medicine is committed to providing global health opportunities to all interested residents through the Global Medicine Program. Throughout their residency career, all residents of the Internal Medicine Residency Program will have an opportunity to strengthen their global health skill sets through the following experiences:

  • Global Medicine Curriculum
  • Away Electives
  • Immigrant, Refugee and Global Health Ambulatory Subspecialty Rotation (ASR)
  • Didactics
  • Mentorship and Research

Partnerships and Training Sites

The Global Medicine Program has developed local and international partnerships and training sites to foster the development of future global health leaders. Opportunities emerging out of these collaborations include clinical, educational, evaluative and research activities geared toward developing our residents’ and fellows’ careers, and meeting the needs of our partners.

  • Mass General Global Health
  • Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Uganda)
  • Bugoye Health Center III (Uganda)
  • Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
  • Indian Health Service& MGH’s Rural Health Leadership Fellowship
  • Edendale Hospital (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
  • Consortium for Affordable Medical Technology (CAMTech)
  • Mass General Disaster Response
  • Partners Center for Expertise in Global and Humanitarian Health
  • Harvard Global Institute

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