Global Health Pathway

St. Louis Children’s Hospital established the Pediatric Global Health Residency Pathway in 2014 to support pediatric residents with specific interest in global child health. In the second half of their intern year, residents are invited to apply. 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. Pathway residents are encouraged to complete an international elective in the second half of their residency, with a call free elective time and financial support for airfare, vaccinations, and living expenses. In the years prior to the COVID pandemic, residents traveled for international electives in Malawi, Ethiopia, Liberia, Ghana, Dominican Republic, Togo, Honduras, and Nepal. We are looking forward to our current residents resuming international electives in the 2022/2023 academic year!

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.


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.

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.

Contact information

Kate Spectorsky, MD

Pediatric Residency Program Global Health Director

Katie Wolfe, MD, MEd

Pediatric Residency Program Director

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