Global health has become an inextricable component of medical practice and scholarly endeavor. Demand is increasing for health professionals who can function competently in a global marketplace, who have research or service interests in health problems of resource-constrained setting, or who wish to address global manpower inequities through training or service. While the requirements of residency programs provide varying flexibility for off-site rotations and content specialization, many residency programs at Vanderbilt have pathways that offer exposure to global health clinical and learning opportunities. Elements common to these include courses hosted by the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, an International Journal Club, and research opportunities offered by many Vanderbilt investigators. Links to specific pathway descriptions, global health learning opportunities, and travel resources are provided below.
VUSM Departments with Global Health Programs
- Anesthesiology residency
- Anesthesiology fellowship
- Emergency medicine residency and fellowship
- General surgery residency
- Internal medicine residency
- Oral & maxillofacial surgery residency – International Cleft/Craniofacial Rotation program
- Pediatric residency's global health academic community
Global Health opportunities with other institutions and organizations: HEAL Initiative
VIGH has developed over 40 videos on numerous global health topics to help you learn more about working in health care delivery around the world. Click on this video to discover our global health video playlist.
In addition to traditional and online courses, VIGH has developed a series of online global health video modules and educational resources. These modules provide an overview of important topics in global health such as HIV/AIDS, TB, Water & Sanitation, Non-communicable Diseases, Tropical Infectious Diseases, Nutrition in Low-resource Settings, Quality Improvement, and others salient health issues common in low-resourced settings.
Vanderbilt also has a Global Health track in its MPH program, which has been a great opportunity for residents and fellows to learn more about global public health.
As you prepare for an international rotation, research, or other work abroad, you may find the following resources useful:
- VUMC Travel, Safety, and Security: Find information about how to sign up for ISOS (Vanderbilt's evacuation service), international health insurance, and VUMC travel policies.
- Preparing for departure: Resources and tips specific to safety, health, and culture
- Digital modules for international travel preparation
- Digital global health modules
The Vanderbilt International Journal Club (VIJC) is a quarterly forum for faculty, residents, fellows, and medical students from all disciplines interested in international health care issues. Questions? Contact Dr. Kelly McQueen.