Global Health Pathway

Global health experiences are not only limited to Global Health Pathway residents. Washington University emphasizes international research and clinical practice, as well as their impact on global health. Residents in the Global Health Pathway meet every 1-2 months for education on topics including malnutrition, antibiotic use in resource-limited areas, and identifying tropical diseases. Workshops allow residents to practice splinting/casting with resource limitations, IV placements, and respiratory skills. During second year, a selective in the fall unites the global health residents in pediatrics, internal medicine, and emergency medicine for a 2-week didactic course including a global health lecture series, simulations, and local St. Louis tours. Residents are then encouraged to travel abroad for both research and clinical practice during elective blocks the second half of residency. The program has connections with facilities in Laos, Malawi, and Ethiopia. Residents have also recently traveled to Liberia, Ghana, Dominican Republic, Togo, Honduras, and Nepal. Scholarships are available for reimbursement for airfare, vaccinations, and living expenses.

Global health experiences are not only limited to Global Health Pathway residents. If not part of the formal pathway, global health is included in the residency curriculum as well in the form of lectures, journal clubs, and voluntary participation in the second years’ interdisciplinary selective.


Global Health Residency Manual

G-PEDS Online Curriculum
The Global Pediatrics Education Series consists of 28 modules of online lecture-based content, which encompasses many of the key concepts of global child health specifically. Modules are self-paced but should be completed prior to each resident’s international elective experience.

Two week Global Health Rotation
As a dedicated two-week rotation in the Fall of second year, pathway residents participate in an intensive didactic block with lectures, simulation labs, case-based discussions, ethics conferences, journal clubs, laboratory training, and hands-on clinical training.

Individualized Pediatric Residency Curriculum
All pediatric residents have the opportunity to individualize their curriculum to meet their specific career goals. In collaboration with their program director and global health mentor, pathway residents will have the opportunity to partake in a number of clinical rotations that complement their training in global child health.

Global Health Review Article
Pathway residents will be provided mentorship in selecting a global health topic of interest for literature review and potential manuscript publication.
With a goal to broaden one’s understanding of a specific global health topic, each resident will work closely with his or her mentor on this project throughout all three years of residency training.

International Experience
Pathway residents will have the opportunity to participate in an in-depth clinical experience for two months during their final year of residency. As a participant in the global health pathway, funding of travel and accommodations will be provided.

Global Health Sites

In previous years, the Washington University Pediatric Residency Program has sent residents to numerous clinical sites throughout the world. Please see below for more details about some of the opportunities that exist for our current global health pathway residents. Click on a photo for more information:

Luang Prabang, Laos   Mekelle, Ethiopia   

Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicYangon, Myanmar

Contact Information

Dr. Andrew White Pediatric Residency Program Director
Dr. Luke Viehl Pediatric Chief Resident

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