Global Medicine Program
Expansion of human resource capacity is essential to deliver effective public health interventions in poor regions of the world. The World Health Organization estimates that there are currently 57 countries facing critical shortages of health care workers and that there is a global deficit of approximately 2.4 million doctors, nurses and midwives. Africa bears 24% of the global burden of disease but has only 3% of the global health workforce and less than 1% of the global health budget. The critical shortage of health workers in Uganda – specifically, well-trained medical specialists – is compounded by a high attrition rate of health workers from Uganda, or from rural to urban professional opportunities.
Guided by our partners and with a particular focus on maternal, newborn, and child health, Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health is prepared to educate the next generation of the healthcare workforce and leadership—an enduring transformation of global health delivery. Through our global efforts:
- We will reduce preventable deaths of mothers and their newborns and children;
- We will invest in the human resources to deliver professional, timely, and appropriate care;
- We will leverage the academic medical center to enhance specialist training in patient-centered team-based medicine; and
- We will leverage the power of technology innovation to close the distance between patient and provider and maximize the impact of limited human resources.
An integral part of Mass General Global Health and key component in the partnership between Mass General and MUST is the Global Medicine (GM) Program. The GM Program applies global lessons to local contexts, wherever “local” may be. As an innovative initiative of the Mass General Department of Medicine and Global Health, the GM Program integrates the principles and practice of global health and primary care in order to:
- Develop future leaders with the skills, experience, and commitment to advance health equity and strengthen health systems around the world;
- Pioneer new models of primary care for maternal-child health and other vulnerable populations through mutually rewarding, long‐term partnerships;
- Foster a global learning community to accelerate primary care innovation and knowledge transfer across settings.
In 2011, Mass General launched new, fully accredited residency program to supplement clinical training with additional classroom and real world experience. The Global Medicine teaching model uses comparative lessons and focuses on issues of health at home and abroad. The program enhances the standard internal medicine training with an intensive, four-week curriculum featuring interactive case studies of best practices in health care policy and delivery from the U.S. and around the world. Residents are also able to pursue formal public health training at the Harvard School of Public Health and are expected to undertake longitudinal health systems training in urban Boston and rural Uganda, including ten months of field work in an underserved or under‐resourced setting. A mentored, scholarly thesis that culminates in a first-author publication or academic equivalent is a final requirement of the program.