Explore the Global Medicine Concentration


The Massachusetts General Hospital Global Medicine Concentration is a joint initiative of the Department of Medicine and the Center for Global Health. Embedded within the Categorical Training Program, the Global Medicine Concentration seeks to train global health leaders who across resource settings are outstanding internal medicine clinicians committed to health equity with the ability to:

  • Creatively engage the health of patients and communities with an understanding of social and historical context
  • Establish and sustain global health partnerships
  • Lead systems change


The Global Medicine Concentration provides residents with the expertise and flexibility to cultivate their individualized career paths in global health. Global Medicine trainees have the opportunity to develop their global health careers through:

  • Clinical training in internal medicine focused on health care delivery, policy, implementation and evaluation for underserved populations in Boston and around the globe
  • Structured, intentional mentorship and support from a global health community across Mass General, Harvard Medical School, Boston and beyond
  • Participation and leadership in the annual Global Medicine Course
  • Opportunities for away rotations during each year of residency
  • Global health leadership training
  • Global health research seminars

Trainees & Alumni

The Global Medicine Concentration is committed to recruiting and developing a diverse group of outstanding trainees with a unified commitment and dedication to health equity.

Spotlight: Ingabire (Grace) Balinda, MD
Ingabire (Grace) Balinda, MD

Spotlight: Ingabire (Grace) Balinda, MD

The program’s vast resources and protected academic time for global health field work, research and coursework have equipped me with the tools to transform my abstract vision to help improve Rwanda’s health care system into concrete action.

Dr. Ingabire Grace Balinda received her BS in biology from Birmingham-Southern College and her MD from the University of Virginia. During medical school, Grace co-founded and led a phone-based student-run insulin titration program for underserved patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes in Charlottesville and surrounding areas, and volunteered at the Charlottesville free clinic. In the future, she hopes to join ongoing efforts to strengthen the health system of her native Rwanda, with a focus on medical education, sustainable community health worker programs and prevention of non-communicable diseases.

Application Process

All interested applicants should apply to the MGH Categorical Medicine Program (NRMP #1261140C0) on their ERAS application. Full application details can be found here. Applicants will have the opportunity to note interest in the Global Medicine Concentration at the time of application. Interns (PGY1) within the MGH Department of Medicine Residency Program will also have the opportunity to apply and join the Global Medicine Concentration.

Mentorship & Research

Throughout their time in the program, Global Medicine trainees are provided with intentional, multi-tiered mentorship tailored to their individualized global health career interests. The program assists each resident in identifying scholarly and research opportunities that best suit their academic interests and career aspirations within global health.

Partnerships & Training Sites

The Global Medicine Concentration 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 trainees’ careers and meeting our partners’ needs.