Texas Children's Global Health Learning Opportunities

<p>Learning Opportunities</p>

Each summer, through funding from Chevron’s Corporate Responsibility Initiative, BIPAI and Texas Children’s Global Health offers a graduate-level internship in Houston, Texas. The goal of this 12-week internship is to provide an introduction to the administration and operations management of BIPAI and Texas Children’s Global Health Programs and provide exposure to key issues concerning global health management and program implementation.

Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) provides short-term learning experiences for over 100 learners (residents and medical students) each year. Typically, opportunities are available for two learners per month in each of: Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi and Botswana. Learners are financially responsible for their own airfare, ground transport, meals and incidental expenses.

The Dr. Kelly DeScioli Global Child Health Pediatrics Residency Program at Baylor College of Medicine was established in 2009 to prepare trainees for leadership positions in global pediatric health care, pediatric education and training, clinical research and child advocacy. This four-year pediatric residency program requires twelve months spent working in a BCM-sponsored foreign site, as well as a capstone project in global health related area under mentorship of a faculty member. Prospective trainees will apply to the program through the National Residency Matching Program, in the same manner that individuals apply to the standard BCM/Texas Children's pediatric residency program.

The Baylor College of Medicine Ob/Gyn Residency Program began a designated Global Health Residency Track July of 2019. The goal of the program is to foster Academic Leaders in Global Women’s Health Care.

One resident from the class of 12 will have an individualized track consisting of time in each year spent at our international site in Lilongwe, Malawi. In Malawi, time will be spent at the central region’s referral hospital, Kamuzu Central Hospital, at the BCM/TCH private-public partnership maternity center at Area 25, as well as at the Freedom from Fistula Center’s Fistula Care Center.

The Baylor College of Medicine Global Women’s Health Fellowship was established to provide high quality patient care to women world-wide along with paradigm changing research programs and superior educational opportunities for health care providers in low resource settings. Our two-year fellowship focuses on conditions such as maternal mortality, obstetric fistula, preterm birth, neglected tropical diseases, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, malnutrition and others that impact the health and well-being of women worldwide. Fellows will spend about 80 percent of their time living and working in Malawi with supervision by Baylor College of Medicine faculty and other experts in global women’s health.

The BCM Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery offers the first and only NRMP-recognized Global Surgery training program in the nation.

Seated in the one of the largest medical center in the world and in what has been called the most ethnically diverse metropolitan area in the country, Baylor has a history of training physicians to provide excellence in medical care across the globe. Home of the National School of Tropical Medicine, Texas Children’s Global Health Network, and numerous global health initiatives, the Texas Medical Center provides a natural stage for international health collaboration and advancement.

Robotic surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System from Intuitive Surgical allows the pediatric robotic surgeons at Texas Children’s to perform minimally invasive reconstructive procedures in children.

The INSIGHT consortia is one of many consortia that comprise the Fogarty Launching Future Leaders in Global Health Research Training Program. The purpose of the Fogarty programs is to provide mentored global health research training opportunities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) for pre-and post-doctoral candidates from the U.S. and LMICs. The program is sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several collaborating Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

This consortium brings together four top-ranked universities, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), and the University of Pittsburgh (UP) and their respective international research training sites in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Trainee research projects are supported by experienced and dedicated mentors with expertise in clinical, public health, laboratory, and implementation research.

The International Speakers Bureau at Texas Children's Hospital is a team of physicians, surgeons and healthcare professionals who have committed to exchange knowledge with international partners for the betterment of child and maternal health worldwide. Our internationally recognized faculty presents on a wide variety of topics in pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics, nutrition, infectious disease and more. Email Claudia Flores-Smith to learn more. 

Texas Children’s Global Health Network leads efforts that advance healthcare equity through innovative collaboration in care, education and research globally.

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