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McGaw Global Health Clinical Scholars

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

Eligible trainees must complete the following curricular components:

  1. Ten of 12 core lectures
  2. Five of six specialty lectures
  3. Participation in a professional development and journal club
  4. Web-based training modules (part of the above required lectures)
  5. Simulation training
  6. Development of cross residency skills exchange
  7. Global health field experience*
  8. Production and presentation of a scholarly project*

*Trainees and mentors are to follow the requirements outlined in the mentor-mentee contract.

These curricular components were created to meet the following global health competencies:

  1. Describe the global burden of disease and demonstrate understanding of epidemiologic tools and methods
  2. Understand the health implications of travel, migration and trade
  3. Recognize the major determinants of health
  4. Explain the role of community-engagement strategies in capacity strengthening
  5. Demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct and quality in global healthcare
  6. Provide culturally sensitive care and support to patients
  7. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the relationship between health and human rights
  8. Develop global health-focused scholarly work

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

Program Objectives

  • Provide an education in core concepts in global health for trainees and fellows across specialties
  • Provide high-quality global health training experiences
  • Mentored scholarly projects

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 Initiative Funding for McGaw Residents page for more information, including eligibility, approval requirements information and application information.

Contact Us

Applications are open each summer with accepted trainees beginning in the fall. Contact Sara Caudillo if you are interesting in applying.

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