Global Health

Family Medicine Residency Program

Care with a global reach

Christiana Care Health System encourages residents to participate in numerous opportunities across the globe, including in the U.S. Christiana Care residents and faculty have been pivotal in the creation of a Global Health Initiative at Christiana Care that works in conjunction with the Delaware Health Science Alliance, Delaware Academy of Family Physicians, Delaware Academy of Medicine and Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.

The unique aspect of the program is a multidisciplinary approach to global health education. We include all residency programs at Christiana Care as well as other staff such as nurses, pharmacists, and nurses.

The goals specific to our residents are:
• Provide practical public health and clinical perspectives on the management of health issues and diseases in resource-poor settings.
• Train residents to provide culturally competent, patient-centered care for disease management and health promotion.
• Teach residents to recognize and address the impact of social, economic, environmental, and political factors on health disparities, both abroad and in the U.S.
• Promote skills in population-based research and community-oriented primary care.

Curriculum

Millennium Development Goals

HIV
TB
Social Determinants of Health
Women Health Part 1
Women Health Part 2
Local Global Health (Refugee health in Philadelphia, migrant health in Delaware)
Research and Ethics
Disaster Relief
Emergency Medicine
Skills Workshop

Emerging Issues in Global Health

Helminths
Malaria, Dengue, and Zika
Eradication programs
Child Health Part 1
Child Health Part 2 and Malnutrition
Primary Care in Developing World
Global Health Policy
Surgery/Trauma basics
Travel Medicine
Human Rights

Residents’ travel is not limited to those participating in the global health track. Residents may choose to use elective time to do an approved international rotation. Over the past few years, our residents have gone to numerous destinations including:

  • Haiti
  • Kenya
  • Papa New Guniea
  • Thailand
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • India
  • United Kingdom

Global Health Track

Building on the global health curriculum, Christiana Care has approved the creation of a Global Health Track. Residents who complete the Global Health Track receive certification of global health training. The design is for the track to take 2 years to complete, but residents can choose to complete it over the duration of their residency.

The goal of the Global Health Track is to provide an opportunity for a more focused education in global health for residents who many want to pursue:

  • Clinical or academic career in global health.
  • Expand knowledge and experience of under-represented diseases.
  • Career in underserved communities in the US.
  • Improve healthcare for immigrants, refugees, travelers and underserved populations.
  • Increase competency in the care of multicultural society.