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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 Sep;51(9):862-71. doi: 10.1177/0009922812450507. Epub 2012 Jul 2.

Essential factors for the development of a residency global health track.

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University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, MN 55454, USA. campa024@umn.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

There is increasing awareness of the importance of global health (GH) residency education but little guidance on what departmental, financial, and human resource support is required to develop a GH track. The authors aimed to identify essential factors and major obstacles to the development of a GH track.

METHODS:

A survey assessing curriculum, support, and factors considered essential to or obstacles to successful development of a GH track was sent to 24 GH education directors within pediatric residencies.

RESULTS:

In all, 19 programs (79%) completed the survey, and 6 factors were identified as essential for developing and sustaining a GH track by ≥ 95% of all GH education directors: supportive residency program director, resident commitment, supportive department chair, protected resident elective time, dedicated budget, and GH faculty with protected time.

CONCLUSIONS:

Residency programs aiming to start a GH track should start by assessing the availability and sustainability of these identified essential factors within their program.

PMID:
22752293
DOI:
10.1177/0009922812450507
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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