Global Health Residency Track
With more than 180 faculty fellows leading research projects and providing clinical care all over the world,
Stanford Global Health can offer each resident a customized program that includes one-on-one
mentoring and experience working overseas.
Global Health Track Programs & Offerings
Global Health: Beyond Diseases and International Organizations
In this intensive two-week course, directed by Dr. Cybele Renault, resident and fellows learn clinical and diagnostic skills to provide patient care in low-resource settings through case studies, simulations, and hands-on sessions. Interactive lectures in economics, public policy and city planning provide a comprehensive understanding of the challenges in global health.
Global Health Research Methods Retreat
Dr. Stephen Luby, the Center’s Director of Research, teaches this two-day course for fellows, residents and medical students interested in developing research skills applicable to global health. Dr. Luby introduces participants to key issues in proposal development and provides a set of tools and an approach to help them develop their own research interests into tractable research questions.
Fair Oaks Continuity Clinic
Working within the San Mateo County Medical Center system, global health track residents care for uninsured and underserved patient populations through the three years of their residency. The Fair Oaks Clinic, in nearby Redwood City, offers primary care for adults, family planning, women’s health and mental health services. Conversational Spanish skills are helpful but not required.
Social Medicine Rotation
Working with the Santa Clara County Hospital System, global health residents in their second year pack medical supplies and gear into a backpack and spread out into the community to serve the homeless population during a one-month Social Medicine rotation. Residents experience the challenges associated with severe mental illness and addiction, and learn first-hand the complexity of needs that define chronic homelessness.
Quarterly Journal Clubs
Dr. Michele Barry hosts small gatherings in her home to give track residents the opportunity to present cutting-edge research on a topic of their choice. Residents identify a paper or series of papers to discuss and invite the principal investigator to co-present and lead the discussion with the group. These informal dinners are multi-disciplinary and have led to longstanding collaborations among residents and Stanford faculty.
Mentoring and funding for a Masters degree
Track residents have dedicated time overseas during their second and third years of residency. This time is used to participate in clinical work, research, and collaboration with a chosen site. Based on an individual’s interests, goals, and desired skill set, each resident works closely with a faculty mentor and has the option for a funded Masters degree in their desired area.
Stanford Leaders in Global Health
The Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Professor of Medicine and Tropical Diseases | Senior Associate Dean of Global Health | Director of Global Health Initiatives in Medicine | Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health
Cybele Renault, MD, DTM&H
Internal Medicine Program Lead, Global Health | Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine |Faculty Fellow, Center for Innovation in
Stephen Luby, MD
Director of Research, Center for Innovation in Global Health | Professor of Medicine (Infectious Disease) | Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Freeman Spogli Institute
Women Leaders in Global Health Conferences
Dr. Michele Barry created this conference to bring together established and emerging leaders from across sectors and cultures to increase gender equity in global health leadership. The annual global summit offers talks, panel discussions, interactive workshops, skills sessions and opportunities for collaboration.
2020 Global Health Research Convening
This one-day conference, led by Dr. Stephen Luby, brings together students and faculty working in global health, fostering discussion across a variety of disciplines. Engineers, economists, earth scientists, mathematical modelers and physician-scientists share ideas and explore new collaborations, sustainable solutions and opportunities for student engagement.
Conversations in Global Health
We invite leaders from government, non-governmental organizations, universities and foundations to speak with students, faculty and members of our community about making a career, and a life, in global health. We have featured the President of the World Bank, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme; and a Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Fall Kickoff and Summer Solstice Celebrations
Every year, we invite the entire global health community to come together for a Fall Kickoff Party and a Summer Solstice Celebration. Over food and drinks, students, researchers, faculty and others discuss their latest projects and initiatives. In a relaxed social setting, collaborations are born, ideas are shaped, and life-long friendships begin.
Recent Graduates of Residents Track
Andrew Young Chang, MD
Cardiology Fellow | STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Dr. Chang co-founded an enterprise that develops low-cost technologies for resource-limited countries. During residency, he studied rheumatic heart disease in reproductive-aged women in Rwanda and Uganda. After a Chief Resident year, he earned his Master’s Degree and is now pursuing his PhD in Epidemiology and Clinical Research. Dr. Chang’s interests include health economics, cost-effectiveness analysis, and creating policy interventions to improve population health.
Joshua Biddle, MD
Medical Director of Outpatient Palliative Care | Marin General Hospital
Dr. Biddle has extensive experience working in clinics in Nairobi’s slums and doing site assessments in health clinics in western Kenya. As a Fulbright Scholar, he coordinated a case-control study of patients with Burkitt’s Lymphoma in western Kenya. During his residency, he worked in Uganda in his second and third years, focusing his research on a palliative care needs assessment for patients with end stage renal disease.
Nicholas Degner, MD, MPH
Infectious Disease Fellow | Stanford University
Dr. Degner worked at the Johns Hopkins’ Center for Tuberculosis Research, focusing on non-sputum markers for TB diagnosis and treatment response. He implemented epidemiologic studies evaluating metformin and statins as potential adjunctive anti-tuberculosis therapies. As an infectious diseases fellow, he works with Dr. Jason Andrews, designing a validation trial of non-sputum-based TB diagnostics and markers of treatment response.
Rebecca Tisdale, MD, MPA
Chief Resident | Stanford University
Dr. Tisdale earned a Masters of Public Affairs from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po in Paris, where she studied health policy and economics and worked in Ethiopia, South Africa, and Thailand. As a resident, she worked in Rwanda and focused her research on cost-benefit analysis of preventative care and the impact of healthcare policy on patient outcomes. Next year, she will begin her fellowship in Health Services Research and Development at Stanford.
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At Stanford Global Health, we provide track residents with the mentoring, training and clinical opportunities necessary for them to become leaders, ready to address urgent challenges in global health.