Our program is nationally known for its longitudinal training in Global Health. A pioneer in the Global Health field since 1991, we have a long-standing commitment to train and inspire adaptable physicians to lead and serve in healthcare for underserved and vulnerable populations both in the United States or internationally.
Our curriculum reflects this commitment, featuring integrated global health rotations, monthly global health conferences, diverse scholarship opportunities, and strong community medicine experiences.
Our residents are encouraged, but not required, to participate in our global health experiences. Residents enjoy fully funded trips during their first two years and $2000 towards a third-year experience. Our dedicated faculty members have broad experience as long-and short-term medical providers in Honduras, Cambodia, Haiti, Cameroon and Armenia.
Our global health philosophy...
We train family physicians to work with vulnerable populations: whether they live across the world, or in our own backyard. Vulnerable populations are those patients who are economically, politically, culturally, ethnically, geographically or in any way marginalized. We view Global Health as a multidisciplinary approach to the health that takes into account all the determinants of health-social, environmental and physical.
Our curriculum includes speakers from many disciplines: anthropology, nursing, dentistry, pediatrics, public health, and psychiatry. This framework allows us to address issues which face vulnerable populations everywhere, and prepares the physician to address these issues, in whatever practice setting they find themselves.
A few current curriculum topics include
social determinants of health
public policy, advocacy, and leadership
community and population health
disaster relief and health care systems
models of medical care
nutrition, child health, education
women's health in foreign countries
care of LGBTQ patients in a global setting
chronic disease management
The current Global Health experience...
Our current partnership is with Wuqu' Kawoq: Maya Health Alliance, a non-profit organization based in Guatemala which is the second largest provider of health care in the country, after the Guatemalan Ministry of Health. This organization provides care to the rural, indigenous Maya people in their native languages. Wuku' Kawoq's nurses and physicians collaborate with the Guatemalan health care system by integrating with local health promoters to expand on preexisting health resources and infrastructure.
Our residency program has been partnered with this organization since 2015 to increase their medical services offered throughout the year, although the care continues by medical workers in country even in our program's absence. In addition to direct patient care, the residency has worked with the organization in a variety of projects, including women's health, chronic disease management, and mental health.
Underserved care in our own community...
Aside from learning to care for people in international resource limited settings, you will have long term continuity sites in our own community. You will practice family medicine in these sites in addition to the Family Medicine Center.
Crossroad Health Center: An urban, Christian Federally Qualified Health Center located in Over-the-Rhine
Belterra's Race Track Clinic: A clinic for mostly migrant and undocumented workers at a local horse race track
McMicken Health Collaborative: An urban clinic in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood serving mostly the homeless and those with mental illness
Good Samaritan Free Clinic: a site in Price Hill that focuses on providing comprehensive care to uninsured and under-insured individuals.