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Internal Medicine Global Health Program

Training Leaders in Global Health

BIDMC doctor helping patient in Vietnam

Our Mission

Our mission is to train leaders in global health to be effective practitioners in underserved, resource-limited settings and to design, manage, improve and evaluate global public health programs that address the health problems of the world's neediest populations.

Program Objectives

• Introduce global health issues to BIDMC medical residents
• Contribute to the health and well-being of underserved populations in Boston and around the world
• Enrich the medical knowledge and enhance the clinical skills of residents by practicing in unique settings with limited resources
• Expand research opportunities
• Advance the careers of BIDMC residents in the fields of international health, public policy and research

Opportunities for All

Botswana: The Department has a permanent presence in Botswana. Dr. Dagan Coppock, a member of our faculty, is currently full-time at Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Molepolole, Botswana, and will be replaced by Dr. Tomer Barak in August 2013. As a hospital staff member and clinical teacher, Dr. Coppock precepts residents throughout the year. This elective opportunity is now welcoming residents from outside of the BIDMC system. Learn more about applying for this elective. Support the program.

Vietnam: We also have a permanent presence in Vietnam. Physician and nurse training on HIV/AIDS care in Vietnam takes place through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. BIDMC contacts include Drs. Howard Libman (Director), Donn Colby (Medical Director), Todd Pollack and Doanh Lu (Medical Officers) and Bridget Gardner (Associate Director).

Additional locations: The Department offers rotations at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Gabon and other international sites. Residents can also do rotations through the  Indian Health Service or at BIDMC-affiliated  community health centers.

Global Health Track

Learning how to work effectively in resource-limited settings requires both training and experience. The Global Health Track aspires to give both. Participants in the Global Health Track will participate with learners from around the world in the Global Health Effectiveness Program at the Harvard School of Public Health; they will engage in our hospital-wide, year-long global health curriculum and journal club, and they will be given the opportunity for two field experiences during residency. Read more about the Global Health Track. 

Hospital-wide Program Linking Residents to Global Opportunities

The BIDMC Global Health Program is a hospital-wide program available to all BIDMC residents. While requirements and timelines may differ between departments and specialties, the overarching goal is to provide residents with further training and education in the discipline of global health. Learn more about BIDMC-wide global health opportunities.

Contact Information

Global Health Program
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
303 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-754-4677
E-mail: jcrocker@bidmc.harvard.edu

New Elective Opportunity and Travel Stipend

Health providers in Bostwana
Our clinical elective at Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Botswana is now available to non-BIDMC residents. Inquire about our new travel stipends.  

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