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: 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

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