Global Health Tracks for Pediatric Residency Programs: Arriving at a Consensus
LewisFirst, MD, MS, Editor in Chief, Pediatrics
More and more medical students applying for residency positions ask at their interviews
about what global health options are available. Yet if you’ve seen one global health
track for residents, you’ve seen one track for residents because of how different
these tracks can be. That is why Haq et al. (10.1542/peds.2018-3860) decided to bring together a panel of 12 global health education experts to use a
Delphi process to better determine what a global health track should consist of in
residency. The results are shared in this interesting article being early released
this week. At a minimum, a global health track needs to be longitudinal, with international
and /or domestic rotations as well as pre-departure and post-return debriefings as
well as some kind of scholarly output project done by the resident on this track.
The panel also identifies what institutional supports need to be provided as well
as key outcome measures to evaluate the track. The overall goal of defining minimal
criteria for these tracks is to improve the quality of the learning experience for
residents interested in pursuing global health as all or part of their career pathway.
Journey through the many recommendations made in this article and then see if your
local residency program is in compliance with these recommendations. This article
can help improve the quality standards and consistency of global health tracks across
programs—something that will be welcomed by trainees and preceptors interested in
improving their global health experience.