International Opportunities

BCRP Global Child Health Initiative

The goals of the BCRP Global Child Health Initiative are to increase knowledge and awareness of global health issues; to provide specialized knowledge, skills and mentorship to residents with career interests in global child health; and to provide high-quality opportunities for meaningful international global health  experiences.  The initiative builds upon efforts by core global health faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center, who work in partnership with global colleagues on research, policy and health service delivery to further child health equity. It has three major components for residents with varying degrees of interest in global health:

  • The BCRP Global Health Pathway, which includes dedicated mentorship for global health careers, flexibility in call-free elective time to arrange away rotations in both junior and senior years, funding for global travel and projects, and a robust curriculum delivered during individualized resident learning time, for two residents per year (from either Categorical or UHAT tracks).
  • Global health teaching curriculum for all BCRP residents, which is primarily delivered during the PL-1 Keystone blocks.
  • Global health electives at supervised and partner international sites with pre-departure preparation and post-travel debriefing for interested BCRP residents.
Additionally, residents can apply for a traditional post-residency Global Pediatric Fellowship in Health Services Delivery through Boston Children’s Hospital (described below and in the section on Fellowships).

BCRP Global Health Pathway

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In 2019 the BCRP launched a Global Health Pathway. Two Categorical or UHAT residents per year with significant career interest in global health are selected from the incoming intern class and join the Global Health Pathway in lieu of an Academy. Our goal is for participants to develop an in-depth understanding of child global health to prepare for leadership roles in clinical care, healthcare delivery and child health advocacy for the underserved globally.

This goal is achieved by:

  • Formation of a community of six residents (two per year) and dedicated faculty with a deep interest in Global Child Health.
  • Providing each resident with mentorship for a global health career.
  • Providing a robust and well-developed curriculum to these residents during Academy afternoons, as well as allowing them time to attend the BCH Global Health Clinical Skills Week in either their junior or senior year.
  •  Supporting additional resident-driven curricula, including resident-led journal clubs, networking events, etc.
  • Allowing for up to 4 weeks of contiguous call-free field work during the junior year and 6 weeks of contiguous call-free field work during the senior year.
  • Supporting the resident in the presentation of a final project on their global health work near the end of their senior year with some dedicated funding for travel and project work.

More information about the BCRP Global Health Pathway application process is available here.

Please contact the BCRP Global Health Pathway Director, Christiana Russ, with any questions.

Global Health Teaching Curriculum

The BCRP global health teaching curriculum provides didactic and case-based instruction on the fundamentals of pediatric global health, primarily in educational sessions occur during the advocacy section of the  Keystone blocks. Residents in the Urban Health and Advocacy Track are also exposed to topics in global health through monthly Research, Advocacy and Policy sessions.

Global Health Speaker Series

The Global Pediatrics Program at Boston Children’s Hospital hosts a monthly seminar series pertaining to child health in low-resource settings that residents are welcome to attend.

Global Health Clinical Skills Week

BCRP residents are invited to participate in many of the sessions offered for BCH Global Pediatric Fellows during a clinical skills week each year. The course is run by multidisciplinary faculty from across Harvard, and includes didactics, case based teaching, and hands on skills workshops to teach learners practical management of common illnesses and tropical diseases affecting children in low income countries.

BMC International Health Clinics

Boston Medical Center has an International Refugee Clinic, Travel Clinic and Tuberculosis Clinic. Residents have the opportunity to rotate through these clinics during their elective time.

BCH Global Health Program

Boston Children’s Hospital’s Global Health Program includes more than 100 individuals from almost every department in multidisciplinary efforts in 40 countries to improve pediatric care globally. More information and links to recent Annual Reports are available here