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. Housestaff may arrange rotations or research projects independently, or may take advantage of several established partnerships. A database of institutional, regional and national grants is available to assist residents with funding. A few of the more established programs are described here. Except for the program in Botswana, these rotations are currently available for BCRP residents only.


Program: Academic Collaborative to Support Medical Education in Liberia
Site: John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Monrovia, Liberia.
Minimal Time: One month
Activities: Co-teaching of Liberian medical students and interns, supervision of US residents, clinical work on the ward, NICU, ER and outpatient clinics. More details here
Cost: In-country costs provided. Resident is responsible for their plane ticket and dinners
Language: No requirement
Contact: Dr. Michelle Niescierenko at Boston Children's Hospital


Program: Partners in Health/ZL
Sites: St Marc, Mirebalais, and Cange Hospitals
Minimum Time: 2 weeks with continued rotations in the future, longer participation preferred.
Activities: Teaching of local nurses, residents and doctors; clinical work on the general pediatrics ward or in the NICU or outpatient clinic; protocol development for common diseases. 
Cost: Plane ticket
Language: None required but knowledge of French useful
Contact: Sara Stulac at Partners in Health.


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 city of 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


Program: Muhimbili University Pediatrics Dept
Site: Muhimbili National Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Minimum Time: 2-4 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
Language: No requirement
Contact: Christiana Russ at Boston Children's Hospital

Jakarta, Java & Sulawesi Indonesia

: Save the Children, EMAS (Expanding Maternal and Neonatal Survival)
Sites: Five tertiary hospitals in the Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi regions 
Minimum Time: 1 month
Activities: Teaching newborn medicine including delivery room care and resuscitation (NRP and Helping Babies Breath), well-baby care protocols (hyperbilirubinemia, hypoglycemia, etc), NICU/special care protocols, bubble CPAP. More details here and here
Cost: Housing and in-country costs provided, $500 stipend toward plane ticket provided
Language:None required but knowledge of French, Arabic or Indonesian useful.
Contact: Dr. Michelle Niescierenko at Boston Children's Hospital

Indian Health Services

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