Global Health Electives with Established Partnerships

Residents have elective time in their second and third years, during which they can pursue clinical rotations at international sites. Our goal is that all residents interested in global health rotations will receive preparation and support to facilitate their participation in elective rotations in resource limited settings that are educational, safe, and responsive to their host communities. The purpose of these rotations is to teach residents about health care in an under-resourced setting with a focus on improving their knowledge about major causes of global pediatric morbidity and mortality, improving clinical skills, and increasing residents’ understanding of how culture, ethics, policies and health systems can affect pediatric health.  Housestaff may take advantage of several established partnerships or they may arrange rotations or research projects at other sites with faculty mentorship. A database of institutional, regional and national grants is available to assist residents with funding. The more established programs are described here. The BCRP can only arrange global health rotations for current BCRP residents.

Botswana

Botswana

Program: Botswana-Harvard Partnership Research Program/Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
Site: Scottish Livingstone Hospital, Molepolole, Botswana, a large (63,000 pop) traditional village located 60 km from the capital Gaborone.
Minimum Time: One month
Activities: Pediatric ward care. Focus is on HIV, but patients have many infectious diseases, accidents, burns, snakebites and other disorders. Visit needs to be coordinated with the MGH-based pediatric attending, who is there part of the year. Opportunities for teaching and research available. More details can be found here
Cost: Plane ($1500-2000) and housing ($900-1000/month)
Language: No requirement
ContactRoger Shapiro or Tomer Barak with questions

Laos

Lao Friends Hospital for Children

Program: Lao Friends Hospital for Children
Sites: Lao Friends Hospital for Children, Luang Prabang, Laos. Luang Prabang (~54,000 pop) is a world heritage site in north central Laos and is the capital of its province.
Minimum Time: 4 weeks
Activities: Working alongside Laos physicians and nurses providing clinical care in urgent/outpatient, inpatient, ER and postoperative care.
Cost: Flight ($2,000), accommodations (~$500/month)
Language: Hospital practices in English
Contact: Dr. Michelle Niescierenko at Boston Children's Hospital 


Tanzania

Tanzania

Program: Muhimbili University Pediatrics Dept
Site: Muhimbili National Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Minimum Time: 3-4 weeks
Activities: Residents work alongside pediatric faculty, residents and staff in a large department that serves as a referral center for the country. They can choose to work in subspecialty clinics, the acute care ward, general ward, NICU, or the diarrhea ward. They can also focus on research or quality improvement projects, and enhancing education. 
Cost: Plane Ticket, lodging, $200 administrative fee
Language: No requirement
Contact: Christiana Russ at Boston Children's Hospital

Indian Health Services

Navajo

Program: Indian Health Services Pediatric Program
Site: Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, New Mexico
Minimal Time: 1 month
Activities: The pediatric rotation includes mostly outpatient urgent care and primary care visits. Residents may also observe numerous community-based healthcare initiatives, including school visits. This is a unique opportunity to work with a medically underserved community with a distinctive culture while gaining outpatient primary care and public health perspectives.
Language: No requirement
Contact: Christiana Russ at Boston Children's Hospital