Global Health Track

Gain practical experience and conduct pediatric research in developing countries around the world. Our Global Health Track is an exciting opportunity that allows two residents per year to participate in a global health curriculum which culminates in a funded scholarly project overseas.

Structure of the Program

The Global Health Track consists of participation in a preparatory curriculum at Mount Sinai Hospital, followed by a scholarly project at a global health partner site.

The curriculum includes monthly topic presentations and journal club sessions led by faculty and residents. For the scholarly project, residents are guided in the selection of a mentor and project. Projects can include needs assessments; program development, implementation, and/or improvement; educational research and curriculum development; or clinical or public health research. Clinical rotations and shadowing while at the site are strongly encouraged.

Our mission is to inspire and prepare the next generation of pediatricians to address health disparities through science, advocacy, and education to promote child health globally and locally.

The three sites most active in the last several years include rural Uganda, Western Kenya, and the Dominican Republic.

The fieldwork experience typically takes place during winter/spring of the PGY-3 year, but planning of the project should ideally occur 6-12 months prior to the expected travel date. You will have as much as eight weeks of protected time, of which we anticipate you will devote at least six weeks to completing the field work component of the project. 

We also expect that you will produce a scholarly product and a Grand Rounds presentation. Scholarly projects are typically, at a minimum, an abstract/poster submission to a local meeting. We strongly encourage you to think bigger and submit an abstract or poster to a national meeting, or submit a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal. We will cover the cost of your travel, in-country expenses, and emergency evacuation and medical insurance.

Program Leaders

The track is led by Roberto Posada, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Education and a member of the Pediatric Infectious Disease division. Among his key interests is the treatment of children suspected of contracting infectious diseases abroad, as well as the treatment of children and young adults with HIV.  

One of our key faculty members is Rachel Vreeman, MD, MS, Interim Director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health and Interim Chair of the Department of Health System Design and Global Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. One area of her research focuses on long-term HIV care for children and adolescents in settings with limited resources.

Our Residents’ Accomplishments

Graduates from the Global Health track have gone on to careers in general pediatrics, pediatric subspecialties, and medical education. They have remained committed to improving the health of underserved populations in the United States and abroad.

The following is a list of projects in which residents have participated in the past few years. Work is presented at Mount Sinai’s Child Health Research Day and Consortium of Universities for Global Health Annual Conference.

Anthropometric Data Matters: Evaluation of a Malnutrition Program in a Rural Clinic in Uganda

Trainees: Emily Hertzberg, Kersha Pennicott, Dana Kuhn
Mentors: Roberto Posada, Ramon Murphy, Jessie Stone
Site: Soft Power Health, Kyabirwa, Uganda

Quality Improvement of a Ugandan Community Health Clinic Malnutrition Program

Trainees: Ashley Stephens and Jennifer Milillo
Mentors: Roberto Posada, Ramon Murphy, Jessie Stone
Site: Soft Power Health, Kyabirwa, Uganda

Development of an Adolescent-Friendly Pregnancy and Parenting Curriculum at a Teaching and Referral Hospital in Western Kenya

Trainee: Natasha Ramsey
Mentor: Julie Thorne
Site: AMPATH partnership, Eldoret, Kenya

One-year morbidity and mortality of infants diagnosed with perinatal asphyxia or low birth weight admitted to the Newborn Unit at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya: A prospective cohort study

Trainee: Carolyn Wagner
Mentor: Laura Ruhl
Site: AMPATH partnership, Eldoret, Kenya