Global Health Track

2.	Teaching cholera to Haitian RNs and docs

The University of Connecticut Internal Medicine Program’s Global Health Track is a two-year longitudinal curriculum integrated within the main residency curriculum designed specifically for residents who envision working abroad or serving global patient populations. By the end of this track, residents will receive the training necessary to address the unique health needs of immigrants here in the U.S. and to deliver effective care abroad in a variety of resource-limited global health settings.


The goal of the Global Health Track is to equip residents with the skills needed to function effectively and ethically in a variety of global health settings. Residents will gain the cross-cultural and medical skills needed to deliver high-quality care in a variety of global health settings. Residents will understand health conditions frequently encountered in low-income communities and gain insights into a broad spectrum of conditions not typically encountered in the US. Residents will identify strategies for the management and prevention of acute and chronic disease in low-resource settings. Residents will also learn a variety of strategies to incorporate global health into a career in medicine.


Residents are required to complete 3 key components of the curriculum. They will attend approximately monthly webinar sessions, focused on tropical medicine. They will participate in a variety of hands-on “tabletop” exercises focusing on skill acquisition and complete either an away elective or a research project.


Topics covered in the webinar series include:

  1. Intro to Global Health
  2. Global Migration/Refugee Health Part 1
  3. Protozoal infections-Part 1: Malaria
  4. Protozoal infections -Part 2
  5. Nematodes part 1
  6. Nematodes part 2
  7. Cestodes
  8. Trematodes
  9. Bacteria part 1
  10. Bacterial part 2
  11. Bacterial part 3
  12. Viruses part 1
  13. Viruses part 2
  14. Viruses part 3
  15. Fungal infections
  16. Global Migration/Refugee Health part 2
  17. Non communicable diseases
  18. Fever in the returning traveler
  19. Mentoring
  20. Case studies: Cardiac and GI
  21. Case studies: Pulmonary and Renal Cases

Topics covered in the tabletop exercises include:

  1. Global health simulation bootcamp
  2. Ethics in global health
  3. Obstetrical emergencies
  4. Disaster relief
  5. Point of Care Ultrasound
  6. WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) programs
  7. Trauma/orthopedic emergencies
  8. In-flight emergencies
  9. Refugee and Immigrant Health
  10. Malnutrition
  11. Global Health Careers
  12. Global health symposium


Residents are paired with global health faculty to explore career opportunities in global health, to assist with the timing and selection of their global health elective.


Residents work with mentors to identify a UConn-affiliated elective in their PGY2 or PGY3 year. Present and developing programs exist in Uganda, the Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka, Northern India, and Peru.


Residents can elect to do a research project in lieu of an away elective. Depending on the country and topic area of interest residents may also be paired with ongoing student projects and work under the supervision of our director of global health, Dr. Kevin Dieckhaus.

For more information contact Dr. Susan Levine,

1.	ICU tent Port au Prince with Haitian head RN
Teaching cholera to Haitian RNs and docs