The Design and Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Global Health Residency Track at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine

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Abstract

The Mount Sinai Global Health Center established a new multidisciplinary Global Health Residency Track (GHRT) in 2006. The goal of the GHRT is to provide participants with a foundation in global health issues and population-based health care, a chance to develop basic research and public health skills in the field, and guidance for career development. The authors describe how the GHRT was created, present its structure, and discuss their experience implementing this new program. Other selected global health residency training programs are also reviewed.

The Mount Sinai GHRT is a two-year program that comprises a didactic curriculum, with participants required to take selected classes in the Master of Public Health Program of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, and “field experience,” which consists of a public health project that is implemented during a two-month elective period during the second year. Core competencies include (1) epidemiology and research skills, (2) health disparities, human rights, and cultural competency, (3) needs assessment and project development, (4) tropical medicine and infectious disease, and (5) reproductive, maternal, and child health. Nine residents were selected from four Mount Sinai residency programs to participate in the GHRT in its first year, and, during the winter of 2007, senior residents conducted public health projects in the Dominican Republic, India, Kenya, and East Harlem. All components of the track performed well in evaluations. An outcomes survey is ongoing to track career choices among graduates and to identify barriers to continuing involvement in global health.

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