Everything you need to get involved in global health
Michele Barry, MD, Stanford’s senior associate dean for global health, created the residency track to give medical residents an understanding of overarching issues in global health while also showing them the individual contributions they could make.
Residents gain clinical experience rotating through the hospital’s internal medical departments and a social medicine rotation with the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where global health residents pack supplies and gear into a backpack and head out into the community to serve homeless people. Global Health residents also have dedicated time for research with underserved populations around the world. Each resident, depending on individual interests and goals, spends six weeks overseas in their second year and as many as 12 weeks in the third year caring for patients, conducting research, and building international partnerships that will continue throughout their careers.
While the track can be customized to fit individual goals, all the residents finish with some common experience. Each one takes a two-day intensive research retreat, led by Stanford Global Health Director of Research Steve Luby, former Director of the Centre for Communicable Diseases at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh. He helps the residents develop their research proposals and prepare for challenges that arise in countries with unstable power grids or precarious political situations.
Drs. Saraswati Karche and Cybele Renault teach a two-week intensive course, Global Health resident also complete a two-week intensive course titled “Global Health: Beyond Disease and International Organizations,” which imparts practical skills while also addressing ethical issues in global health and placing ideas into context. Students divide into teams to research real world problems, such as arsenic in the water supply in India, and present their findings and potential solutions to the class.
At the Pathways of Distinction lunches, residents meet experts from across Stanford’s campus. They may discuss the economics of care or the policy implications of artificial intelligence, while finding potential mentors or collaborators among the anthropologists, sociologists, and business school professors.
“The School of Medicine is integrated within the campus and we have a culture of collaboration,” Renault said. “For our residents, Michele Barry (Senior Associate Dean for Global Health) and I look at all the resources that Stanford has to offer and ask how can we best support each resident. We work to give them the skills necessary for them to be able to really fly at the end of residency.”