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Global Health & Equity

The Global Health & Equity Distinction Pathway aims to provide internal medicine residents with the skills to understand health disparities and serve as advocates for patient/population health both domestically and abroad. Through a combination of immersive clinical experiences in resource limited settings, public health didactics, and scholarly endeavors, Yale residents will be informed leaders in ethical and professional healthcare.

Our graduates will develop core competencies in leadership, advocacy, ethics, and social justice by:

  • Exploring definitions and building meaningful language surrounding the practice of global health
  • Understanding population health and geographic burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases
  • Learning to apply multidisciplinary and sustainable methods to issues impacting health globally
  • Demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based medicine and systems-based practice concerns in resource limited domestic and international settings


Requirements for the Global Health & Equity Distinction Pathway are divided into three categories:

  • Clinical Opportunities (both General and Immersive)
  • Didactics
  • Scholarship (Project and Presentations)

Clinical Opportunities

General Activities (Achieve 10 Credits)
Experience Description Credits
HIV Training Track Three-year track within the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program focused on HIV medicine 10
Collaborative Behavioral Health & Addiction Medicine in Primary Care (CHAMP) Training Program
Three-year track with in the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program focused on addiction medicine 10
Elective in HIV Care / Urban Health Two-week elective based in a multidisciplinary HIV outpatient clinic 10
Home Visit Elective Two-week elective focused on developing skills and comfort with conducting primary care home visits 10
Street Medicine Elective Two-week elective focused on developing skills and comfort with providing care to homeless populations 10
Alternate Approved Elective Must be approved in advance by the GME Office and GHEDP Leadership to receive credit 10
Community Care Van Outreach/direct care program for early intervention and linkage to care for individuals in low-income neighborhoods 2/session
Refugee Clinic (beyond required sessions) Resident-run clinic that provides care to newly arrived refugees and links them to community providers 2/session
Center for Asylum Medicine Evaluation Participation in forensic medical evaluation of asylum applicants 2/session
HAVEN Free Clinic Student-run multidisclipinary primary care clinic for uninsured patients 2/session

Immersive Clinical Opportunities (Required Four-Week Rotation at One Site)
Experience Description Credits
Yale/Stanford Global Health Scholars Program Six-week elective based at one of six partner sites Required
Global Health Elective – New Haven Four-week New Haven-based elective Required
Indian Health Service or Grundy County, Tennessee Elective Rural, domestic, cross-cultural experience in providing outpatient and/or inpatient care Required
Alternate Approved Site Must be approved in advance by the GME Office and GHEDP Leadership to receive credit Required


Interdisclipinary Seminar Sessions (Achieve 10 Credits)
Experience Description Credits
Global Health Seminar Weekly introductory seminar addressing key issues in global health research and practice 2/session
Topics in Global Health Weekly student-led, case-based seminar focusing on key clinical issues in global health. 2/session
Critical Issues in Global Health Weekly seminar focusing on the health of vulnerable communities in LMICs, including the politics and governance of global health, and low-cost solutions. 2/session
Global Mental Health Program Seminar Series of lectures focused on key issues in global mental health 2/session
Global Health Night Out Quarterly journal club/discussion sessions bringing together trainee and faculty discussants from different clinical disciplines/health professions around one topic 2/session
Alternate Educational Session Must be approved by CHEDP Leadership to receive credit 2/session

Scholarship: Project and Presentation

Global Health Project
Experience Description Credits
Research or Curriculum Building Projects may involve hypothesis-driven, mentored investigation or curriculum development related to ongoing global health activities Required

Experience Description Credits
Conference Presentation or Manuscript Submission May take advantage of local, national, or international opportunities for presenting scholarly work (poster or oral), as well as peer-reviewed publications opportunities in journals or MedEdPORTAL Required
Dissemination Back to Target Community Demonstrate an implementable plan for sharing scholarship results with the subjects of that work Required
Communicating About Global Health Global Health Night Out (Discussion Lead) or Op-Ed submitted for publication or Noon Conference (Global Health-focused) or Global Health Week activity (leadership role) Required
Immersive Clinical Activity Presentation Lecture presentation related to immersive clinical activity - focus on linking clinical case to global burden of disease Required

2022-2023 Global Health & Equity Distinction Pathway Activities

  • July - GHEDP Tastes of New Haven Pizza Night
  • September - Global Health on Tap: Welcome Event
  • November - Global Health Night Out: Abortion Access Around the World
  • December - Global Rheumatology & Cardiology Career Panel; Global Health on Tap: Funding Opportunities in Global Health
  • January & February - Global Health Advocacy Writing - Parts 1 & 2 (feat. Dr. Pranay Sinha)
  • February - Global Health on Tap: Refugee Health Programs & Clinical Services; Global Health Night Out: Kratom Use in the United States
  • March (Global Health Week) - MGR: Disruptions in HIV Prevention Delivery During COVID & the War in Ukraine; Virtual Global Health Poster Session; Yale Faculty Working in Humanitarian Settings; Trainee Global Health Experiences Panel; Implications for Career Building
  • April - Global Health on Tap: Ethics is Global Health Work
  • May - GHEDP Graduating Resident Celebration