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Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

   Internal Medicine Residency Program

Life Changing Residency

 

 


Thuy Bui, MD

Director, Global Health and Underserved Populations Track;
Director, Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Global Health and Underserved Populations Track

The Global Health and Underserved Populations Track (GH Track) is a unique program established in 2008 by Dr. Thuy Bui designed to train physician leaders in clinical medicine,education, health policy, and research in global health. At its foundation is a core internal medicine competency with a strong generalist perspective, cost-conscious practice, and back-to-basics diagnosis. Clinical training provides exposure to local and international sites, coupled with a curriculum and scholarly work designed to address health policy, public health, and social factors influencing health and disease in the global context.

Components of the training program include the following:

Clinical experiences with underserved populations in the US:

4 months of clinical training experiences at an International clinical training experiences  (1-2 months in PGY2 and PGY3 years)

Mentorship - each resident in this track is assigned a mentor who is a faculty member from the University of Pittsburgh and the Center for Global Health and has ongoing activities in the resident's country of interest. One of the Global Health Track's key faculty members will serve as the resident's program and career mentor to ensure that each resident achieves all the goals of the residency track and receives the appropriate guidance and resources to pursue additional training or a position after residency. Residents who are interested in pursuing health services research in Pittsburgh with potential global health implications will be matched with funded researchers in the Division of General Internal Medicine.

Global Health Preparatory Seminar - A month-long global health preparatory seminar is offered for global health residents and interested categorical residents. This seminar covers public policy, health systems, financing, human rights/ethics, and clinical skills relevant to resource-poor settings (parasitology, procedural skills, portable ultrasound, etc.). Guest lecturers and faculty discussants are from the Graduate School of Public Health, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and other institutes and disciplines. For more information on our seminar and examples of work being done by Global Health Track residents, please click on below:

Scholarly Project - An integral component of the Global Health and Underserved Populations Track is a longitudinal project on a relevant global health issue. The project itself can focus on underserved populations in the United States but should have global perspectives based on the international experience. Typically, up to 4 months at an international site is split up between the second and third years of residency. Categories of Scholarly Project include:

Weekly Global Health Equity Lecture Series - Mondays at noon to advance core competencies in HIV/AIDS, tropical diseases, public health, policy and advocacy, human rights, bioethics, and health services research. It also serves as a forum for health professionals, residents, and students from medicine and other disciplines to share ideas and opportunities to advance the global health agenda. Residents in their second and third year of residency actively contribute to this conference series by exploring the social, economic, and political issues of country and region of interest through preparatory seminars before departure and through debriefing seminars after the completion of the international experience.

Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) for Developing Countries Project:

The Graduate School of Public Health offers a Certificate in Global Health as part of the MPH degree program. Other master's degree programs are also available through the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at GSPIA. In addition, the Institute for Clinical Research Education offers several degree programs in clinical research and medical education.

Book Fund for Malawian and Mozambican Medical Students

Global Health and Underserved Populations Track
PGY1 Five Months of Inpatient Floors
  • Four Months General Medicine
  • One Month Hematology/Oncology
Two Months ICU (Medical ICU or CCU)
One Month Indian Health Services in Chinle, Arizona – April or May
One Month Ambulatory Block
Two Months Subspecialty Elective
Two Weeks at Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment (PACT)
Two Weeks Night Float
Continuity Clinic two - ½ day sessions (MUH GIMO Clinic and Birmingham Clinic) per week every other month (elective month). Salud Free Clinic, Saturdays on non-call month.
PGY2 Four Months of Inpatient Floors
  • Two Months General Medicine
  • One Month Cardiology
  • One Month Hematology/Oncology
*One Month Global Health Prep Course
One ECC/Night Float
Two Months Subspecialty Elective
One Month Outpatient Geriatrics
One Month ICU
Two Months Global Health Clinical Experience (travel to resident's country/region of academic/scholarly interest)
Continuity Clinic two - ½ day sessions (MUH GIMO Clinic and Birmingham Clinic) per week every other month (elective month). Salud Free Clinic, Saturdays on non-call month.
PGY3 Three Months of Inpatient Floors
  • Two Months General Medicine
  • One Month Cardiology or Hematology/Oncology
Two Months ICU (Medical ICU or CCU)
One Month ECC/Night Float
Two Months Subspecialty Elective
One month ED
**One Month at Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment (PACT)
*Two Months Global Health Clinical Experience (travel to resident's country/region of academic/scholarly interest)
Continuity Clinic two – ½ day sessions (MUH GIMO Clinic and Birmingham Clinic) per week every other month (Elective month). Salad Free Clinic, Saturdays, on non-call month.
*If you took the global health prep course already in your first year, you will have an extra month elective in the second year.
**You may elect to take PACT in the second or third year, depending on your interest.