Global health training for pediatric residents

Bonita Stanton, Che Cheng Huang, Robert W. Armstrong, Theodore C. Sectish, Judith Palfrey, Brett D. Nelson, Julie M. Herlihy, Errol Alden, William Keenan, Peter Szilagyi

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The FOPO Global Health Working Group concludes that global health experiences are important for pediatric residency training and offers five recommendations: 1) There is a need to articulate clearly the rationale supporting the creation of global health experiences in pediatric residency programs. 2 A core curriculum needs to be established for a consistent and meaningful educational experience. The curriculum should include the underlying principles discussed above and should engage representatives from potential host countries in the development of the curriculum. 3 Promoting the opportunity for a global health experience in all residency programs will require a collaborative effort across programs, perhaps at the national level through the Association of Pediatric Program Directors or through the already established Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC). 34 A clearinghouse for curricula and for host organizations/institutions both abroad and within the United States and Canada should be established. 4 Global health training needs to be studied rigorously, and lessons learned should be shared. 5 Pediatric residency programs should respect the rights, autonomy, and confidentiality of patients and families in clinical care, research, and operational programs. The FOPO Global Health Working Group looks forward to serving as a focal point to promote discussion on this important issue to the health of our world's children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)786-796
Number of pages11
JournalPediatric Annals
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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