Essential factors for the development of a residency global health track

Ann M. Campagna, Nicole E. St. Clair, Sophia P. Gladding, Sabrina M. Wagner, Chandy C. John

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)862-871
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • global health
  • international elective
  • pediatrics
  • residency
  • resident education
  • track

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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