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McGaw Global Health Clinical Scholars

The McGaw Global Health Clinical Scholars Program (GHCS) is a two-year Northwestern University program that offers residents and fellows training in clinical care delivery in resource-limited settings worldwide.

Applications will open again July 2024, scroll to the bottom of this page to view application information.

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The GHCS Program allowed me to dive deeper into global health and more specifically global neurology. I was able to connect with mentors at Northwestern and abroad to learn how to integrate global neurology into my career, both clinically and through research.”

Jennifer Adrissi, MD MSCR
UCLA, Dept of Neurology, Movement Disorders 
GHCSP Graduate, 2020

In reflecting on GHCS, I appreciated how the curriculum and experiences provided me with an ethical framework for conducting clinical work and research outside of the United States.”

Jennifer Morgan, MD
Indiana University, Division of Hematology and Oncology
GHCSP Graduate, 2017

About The McGaw Global Health Clinical Scholars Program


To cultivate a group of scholars prepared to advocate for, lead, and support systems to deliver safe, ethically sound, equitable, and high-quality care in the field of global health

To meet the competencies eligible trainees must complete the following curricular components:

  1. Attendance at core lectures
  2. Completion of specialty-specific lectures
  3. Participate in peer-led journal clubs 
  4. Simulation training
  5. Completion of web-based pre-departure training modules
  6. Global health field experience
  7. Completion and formal presentation of a scholarly project

List of competencies:

  1. Describe the global burden of disease and demonstrate an understanding of epidemiologic tools and trends
  2. Understand the health implications of travel, migration, and trade
  3. Recognize the major determinants of health
  4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the relationship between health and human rights
  5. Demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct and quality in global healthcare
  6. Explain the role of community-engagement strategies in capacity strengthening
  7. Demonstrate the ability to engage in effective cross-cultural communication
  8. Develop strategies for ethical practice in unfamiliar and resource-constrained settings
  9. Develop global health-focused scholarly work and peer teaching skills

The program components and competencies are based on recommendations by global health educators that fulfill ACGME competencies.

Simulation Curriculum

"To use simulation and skill training, paired with educational scaffolding, to cultivate a group of scholars well-prepared to support systems that deliver safe, ethically sound, and high-quality care in the field of global health"
Educational Goals:
  1. To train learners to navigate ethical challenges while maintaining ideals of professionalism in resource-limited settings 
  2. To teach trainee physicians to understand and identify the clinical skills necessary to provide high-quality care in a resource-limited setting 
  3. To provide training in emergent and or life-saving skills that may be relevant to trainees engaged in global health work 
  4. To facilitate self-assessment of the scope of practice when providing clinical care 

*We acknowledge that clinical skill training is specialty-specific under the purview of each trainee’s residency training. We acknowledge that clinical skills and knowledge for care provision are sites and specialty-specific 

Global Health Education Day

With support from the Havey Institute for Global Health, affiliates, trainees, students, and community members, the Center for Global Health Education once again hosted a successful Global Health Education Day with close to 100 people in attendance. Click here to learn more about Global Health Education day and to be able to watch past presentations. 

Clinical Electives Funding and Approval Process

The Global Health Initiative Fund supports global health education for Feinberg residents, including those in the McGaw Global Health Clinical Scholars Program, who display an interest in global health and working with underserved populations in resource-limited settings. Visit the Global Health Experience Funding for McGaw Residents page for more information, including eligibility and approval requirements information.

Instructions for obtaining the application link can be found under the "Funding Application & Deadline" section of the funding page referenced above.


Faculty at the Mcgaw Clinical Scholars Program at Northwestern are leaders in the field. They bring practical real-world experiences to the online classroom and engage with students on an interpersonal level. Get to know the instructors on our Global Health Program Faculty page. 


Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD - Program Director

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Elizabeth Groothuis, MD - Assistant Program Director

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Colleen Fant, MD - Assistant Director of Simulation

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Sara Caudillo - Program Coordinator

Scholarly Projects completed by GHCS Alumni

Participants in the Global Health Clinical Scholars Program are expected to identify and complete a scholarly project as part of their program requirements. The projects provide trainees with the ability to explore a global health topic in-depth, via a mentoring experience. Trainees then present their projects each spring at Northwestern's annual Global Health Education Day. Examples of recently completed projects can be found below.


More Information About The Application Process

Brief Program and Application Overview Page

Review this PDF prior to completing the application

Click here for the overview page

Online Application FormĀ 

Click here for the online application

Program Director Recommendation Form

This is to be completed by your PD as a supplement to your application
Click here

Additional Opportunities for Residents and Fellows

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Contact Us

Applications are open each summer with accepted trainees beginning in the fall. Contact Sara Caudillo with any questions.

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