Our program is committed to training physicians who are capable of taking care of all patient populations, whether that is here in Dallas or across the globe. We continue to develop and expand our global health curriculum, relying not only on our faculty’s experience abroad, but also on our residents’ individual ideas and ambitions. Our residents have travelled around the globe to gain experience in delivering health care in developing nations. They have participated in large outreach initiatives such as Helping Babies Breathe, Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, and Mercy Ships and implemented advocacy efforts or educational programs as part of their scholarly projects in over 15 countries to date.
Travelling abroad is not the only avenue for learning about global health. We have the unique benefit of having a globaly diverse population in North Texas, making every rotation an international learning opportunity for our residents. Dallas is home to a large Hispanic and African American population, as well as a growing refugee population from Cambodia, Iraq, Burundi, and Bhutan, and our international airport links us directly to patients from around the world. As with any large urban center, we must learn to address socioeconomic and healthcare disparities in order to provide the best care possible for our patients, while at the same time gaining cultural awareness from our diverse patient population. Residents can also participate in the Dallas Global Health Elective to further their knowledge and skills in practicing medicine with limited resources, and join the Global Health Interest Group to take part in lively discussions on various topics pertaining to medical care abroad.
Our residents are encouraged to make connections with hospitals and institutions on nearly every continent. This allows our residents to identify their location of interest and mold the rotation into an experience that is useful, fulfilling, and preparative for their own careers.
Below is a map indicating all the countries our residents have travelled to for international rotations.
Dallas Global Health Elective
As part of our global health training, we offer the Dallas Global Health Elective, which was developed by two of our residents with the support of multiple faculty and staff members. The goal of the rotation is to prepare residents to work in resource-poor settings with an emphasis on tropical disease and global health issues.
During the rotation, residents work with microbiology, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, nursing staff, and other ancillary staff to learn how to provide holistic care even in a location without support staff. They learn the basics of lab technology, how to make basic diagnoses in the lab, how to prepare medication solutions and IV fluids, and how to give nebulizer treatments and provide respiratory support with limited resources.
Residents also have the option of working with radiology to learn ultrasonography, shadowing in the burn unit to learn wound debridement and dressing, and carving out dedicated time for procedural practice. Each resident’s schedule is unique and tailored to their specific training needs. Coupled with the hands-on clinical experiences is an e-learning component that captures some of our top teaching faculty giving lectures on global topics such as tuberculosis, malaria, HIV in the developing world, malnutrition, and oral rehydration among others.
At the end of the rotation, the resident is expected to complete a project of their choosing – an educational program for medical personnel or community health workers that could be used overseas, advocacy project that could be implemented locally or abroad to serve our global community, or a theoretical application of the knowledge gained during the rotation to a given global health problem.
Global Health Interest Group
Our endowment funded Global Health Interest Group was created in 2011 by three residents and one faculty advisor, and has now grown to include members from the residency program, faculty and medical school. We meet once every 3-4 months over dinner to discuss global health topics, hear about experiences overseas, and brainstorm ways to implement what we have learned on a larger scale.
In the last year, we have had members from our faculty speak about their own projects abroad and teach us how to prepare and administer oral rehydration solution with an emphasis on the physiology behind the formula, as well as guest speakers who have implemented amazing initiatives in both South Africa and India.
Global Health Projects and Initiatives
Many of our residents have integrated their passion for global health outreach into projects completed on the frontlines of international institutions. They have worked alongside local medical personnel as well as large organizations to accomplish meaningful change during their time abroad.
To read about two examples of resident projects and experiences, please click on the links below.
- Helping Babies Breathe in Tanzania
- Improving Seizure Management in Ghana