Global Health Education for Residents

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The Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP)

Boston Medical Center

Pediatric residents from Children’s Hospital Boston have great interest in global health and often seek experiences to broaden their horizons, improve clinical skills and offer volunteer services.  Since 2008 efforts have been underway to formalize and improve the global health education of pediatric residents.  The goal of the global health curriculum is to provide the BCRP pediatric residents with education in pediatric global health that meets their learning needs based on their career goals, and with augments the BCRP mission “to train outstanding pediatricians, provide individualized learning opportunities, and produce future leaders in subspecialty and general academic pediatrics, research, global health, education, advocacy, and population health.”

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Contact Us

Dr. Christiana Russ
Children’s Hospital Boston
300 Longwood Ave Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 857 218 4653

Please note we are unable to place residents from other programs into our global health elective sites at this time.

Program Components

The BCRP currently offers global health opportunities of varying depth depending upon residents’ interests.


Tier 1

All residents in the BCRP are training to be outstanding clinicians.  In this era of globalization where our patients are frequently immigrants or travelers, pediatricians need to know the basics about pediatric care of common illnesses encountered in other places around the globe.  Global Health topics are included in the BCRP noon conference series. Our goal is that all of our graduates will develop a basic understanding of child health from a global perspective.

Tier 2

Many residents seek global health experiences – working in different cultures with different or limited material resources, and encountering pathologies seen in other places.  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.

Tier 3

Residents in the Urban Health and Advocacy Track, who are planning a career in global health research, may apply for a 4-year global health track that will impart proficiency in clinical pediatrics, public health and applied research aimed at improving policy and outcomes in areas of significant child health disparity. 

 BCH residents interested in more information and how to apply, please go here.

Rotation Sites


The BCRP is offering an away rotation in collaboration with Muhimbili University Pediatrics in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in Dar es Salaam is a tertiary referral hospital with over 900 inpatient beds.  The pediatric department is actively engaged in educating medical students and pediatric residents, in research, and in inpatient and outpatient medical care of children.

BCRP residents began rotating at MNH in 2010.  Clinical experiences on this elective can be determined and structured by the resident in working with the on-site coordinator (Dr. Kisenge) or the other doctors on the pediatric service. Rotators can station themselves on a ward team, in the acute care unit, in the neonatal ward, or in an outpatient clinic. Common diagnoses that are uncommon in the U.S. include malaria, pediatric HIV, meningitis, malnutrition, and diarrhea. MNH is a national referral base, which means residents will also care for children with unusual or late presentations of less common diagnoses such as cancer or congenital heart disease. MNH is resource-limited but patients have access to fluids, antibiotics, radiology, and common lab tests.


As a partner institution in the HEARTT collaborative Children’s Hospital Boston’s Global Health Program is pleased to offer residents, fellows and faculty the opportunity to complete rotations at JFK hospital in Monrovia Liberia.

Resident Rotations

(PL2 and PL3): 4 weeks (minimum). While rotating at JFK hospital, residents have the opportunity to work side by side with Liberian medical students and residents in a variety of settings including the pediatric ward, NICU/nursery, emergency room and clinic. Residents have the opportunity to learn tropical medicine and vaccine preventable diseases from our Liberian colleagues while teaching and modeling the practice of US medicine for them. As this is a collaborative project they also rotate with other US residents from our partner institutions. Residents are asked to lead 2-4 teaching seminars from a collection of prepared lectures for the medical students and interns as well as give lectures of their own choosing.

Faculty/Fellow Rotations

2 weeks (minimum). Faculty and fellows who are board certified are invited to rotate for 2 or more weeks at JFK hospital. General Pediatricians as well as Subspecialists are encouraged to participate. While at JFK, responsibilities include teaching on rounds, didactic teaching of Liberian medical students and interns, and direct patient care in the way of supervising US and Liberian house staff and med students. Faculty/Fellows will also be encouraged to take an active role in the continuation of our collaborative projects for the time that they are in country. Experiences can be tailored for different interests (ie NICU, clinic, higher acuity medicine) and potentially tailored/shortened for a specific subspecialty teaching focus.

Indian Health Services, Shiprock, NM

The BCRP is offering a new away rotation in collaboration with the Indian Health Services Pediatric Program in Shiprock, NM. 

The Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico is located in the Four Corners area of the United States where New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah meet. The Shiprock Service Unit is the largest Service Unit serving The Navajo Nation and the facility has 55 beds.  Approximately 45,500 Native Americans mostly Navajo Tribally enrolled live in the Service Unit. The daily Inpatient Load is 40, and the daily outpatient volume averages 400 a day.  For more information, please go here

The pediatric rotation includes mostly outpatient urgent care and primary care visits.  There are numerous health care initiatives in the community which residents can observe including school visits.  This is a unique experience to work with a medically underserved community with a distinctive culture, and to gain more outpatient primary care and public health perspectives.

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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