GHLT: Program Overview

Didactic Learning

Global Health Courses. Two-week intensive courses in Tropical Medicine and Policy and Practices in Global Health are offered. GHLT track participants are encouraged to take both courses. TheTropical Medicine course will teach residents to identify, treat and prevent common tropical medical problems and will qualify residents to sit for the Tropical Medicine Certification exam, presuming they complete a field placement. The Policy and Practices in Global Health course will focus on the social, political, and economic context of common global health challenges with lectures from many guest speakers who are experts in their field. Residents will be blocked from other clinic responsibilities while taking these courses.

Round Table Dinners. Quarterly evening lectures by a guest speaker involved in Global Health are scheduled with dinner provided. These are opportunities to learn and to meet with other members of the GHLT.

Global Health Journal Club. A monthly, informal journal club with dinner occurs at the home of one of the GHLT leaders.

International Rounds. Monthly International Rounds occur as part of the Family Medicine didactic series on Tuesday afternoons. Attendance is welcomed but optional for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residents due to scheduling.


International Clinical Rotations

GHLT members perform two month-long rotations in one of our target international sites in their second and third years of residency.

Our target international sites, located in Guatemala and Uganda, are ongoing partnerships for both clinical learning and research.

Alternative sites in underserved communities in the U.S. (such as the Indian Health Service) may also be considered.


International Research

During their time abroad residents identify needs in their international community and work on a project to answer questions or improve care related to that need. Ideally previous projects are stepping stones for future ones. Residents may choose instead to take part in larger, established projects at their site.

International Family Medicine Clinic

Family Medicine residents in the track maintain a continuity practice in the IFMC in addition to their regular continuity practice. This will begin in PGY-2, with one session per week and continue into PGY-3 with 1-2 sessions per week. Residents may also elect to do a one-month block elective, Health of Refugees and Vulnerable Populations

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residents are given the unique opportunity to take the two-week rotation, Health of Refugees and Vulnerable Populations. This will include at least 2 sessions per week under the supervision of Dr. Hauck in the IFMC, and visits to some of the following: the International Rescue Committee Office, Health Department Refugee Program, UVa Traveler's Clinic, UVa HIV Clinic, and the Health Department's Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic. Other activities, such as home visits with CHIP workers, Legal Aid and others will be available.