Global Health Track

Our mission is to inspire and prepare the next generation of pediatricians to address health disparities through equitable, high quality patient care, advocacy, research, and education in order to promote child health locally and globally.

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 during the PGY3 year.

The curriculum, which is open to all residents, consists of year-round monthly topic presentations. Residents on the Global Health track are expected to prepare and deliver some of the sessions of the curriculum with the mentorship of program faculty. Other sessions are delivered by program faculty and guest speakers. The clinical rotation is typically 6-8 weeks long, and covered costs include travel, room and board, and medical and emergency evacuation insurance.

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.

Mount Sinai is a member of the Ampath consortium, a network of academic health centers that aims to foster long-term, equitable and cross-cultural partnerships with host health centers and universities that serve populations with significant unmet needs. For the past 5 years, residents have completed their global health rotation at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and the Shoe4 AfricaChildren’s Hospital in Eldoret Kenya, which are affiliated with Moi University School of Medicine, a partner in the Ampath consortium. In the near future, we expect to establish a rotation site with Ampath partners at Dhulikhel Hospital in Nepal.

Locally we partner Mount Sinai’s Arnhold Institute for Global Health and with the Global Health tracks of other clinical departments, such as the departments of Medicine, Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine to provide exciting opportunities to our trainees.

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, Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Education and Global Health and Health Systems design, and a Pediatric Infectious Disease specialist. 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.

Other key faculty include:

Diana Lee, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Global Health Education at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health. Dr. Lee is Pediatric Hospital Medicine physician.

Lori Zbar MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Education

Neha Limaye MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics.

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.

The Cultural Adaptation of Mental Health Measures for AYANI-Kenya
Trainee: Brittany McCoy
Mentor: Rachel Vreeman
Site: Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) Partnership, Eldoret, Kenya

Clinical Rotation at the Indian Health Service at Chinle, Arizona (Navajo Nation)
Trainee: Lillian Jin
Mentor: Roberto Posada
Site: Indian Health Service at Chinle, Arizona (Navajo Nation)

Clinical Rotations at the Riley Mother and Baby Hospital and General Pediatric Ward at Shoe4Africa Children’s Hospital
Trainees: Mary Weng and Katherine Dalldorf
Mentor: Diana Lee
Site: Shoe4Africa Children's Hospital at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya

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: AMPAH partnership, Eldoret, Kenya