Global Health


Med-Peds residency at UM/JMH is an international medicine experience, which starts with the patients that we treat daily in our combined continuity clinic and at Jackson (the public hospital that is the primary medical home to uninsured/undocumented Miami residents and a referral center for patients from across Latin America and the Caribbean).  Beyond our daily clinical practice, the majority of residents in our Med-Peds program take advantage of an opportunity that is truly unique to UM/JMH Residents: the option to take a month-long international away elective in each year beyond internship, with full-salary and partial funding! 


Global Health Residents

At the end of Intern year one interested resident from each class is chosen as the global health representative for the class.  These residents are responsible for the organization of global health related activities including facilitation of the journal club.  Additionally, the global health resident is funded to pursue one of the following Global Health Tracks:

Track 1: Tropical Medicine Certification Pathway

  • For those residents interested in formal tropical medicine training
  • Scholarship toward online Global Health course
  • Scholarship toward in-person Microbiology course at University of Minnesota (including course fee but not room/board or flight)
  • Upon completion of this course-work, resident eligible to take the TropMed Certification Exam
  • 3 international electives (as open to all residents)

Track 2: Humanitarian / Disaster Response Certification Pathway

  • For those residents interested in formal disaster relief training
  • Scholarship towards online Humanitarian / Disaster Response course
  • Scholarship toward in-person Disaster Response Simulation course at McGill University in Montreal, Canada (including course fee and room/board but not flight)
  • 3 international electives (as open to all residents)

Current Global Health Resident

          PGY-4 Christian Petrauskis                                           PGY-3 Adria Jimenez-Bacardi                                         PGY-2 Stephanie Chery


International Sites

Med-Peds residents routinely participate in international electives across multiple continents, with some of the most-frequented sites located in Haiti, Colombia, Honduras, Jamaica and Rwanda.  Residents are welcome to travel to a GME pre-approved clinical site or to create a new partnership with a clinic or hospital in any country.

International Sites visited by Med-Peds residents in the past few years:

  • Haiti, Port-au-Prince: L’Hospital Bernard Mevs
  • Haiti, Saint-Marc: L’Hospital Saint Nicolas
  • Haiti, Leogane: L’Hospital Sainte Croix
  • Colombia, Cali: Hospital Universidad del Valle
  • Rwanda, Nyabihu: Shyira District Hospital
  • Honduras, Roatan: Clinica Esperanza
  • Jamaica, Ocho Rios: St. Mary’s Parrish-Issa Trust
  • Cambodia, Siem Reap: Angkor Hospital for Children
  • Zambia, Lusaka: Tiny Tim and Friends
  • Liberia, Monrovia: Family Health Center and ELWA Hospital
  • Uganda, Gulu: St Mary Lacor Hospital

Other pre-approved international sites:

  • Peru, Lima: Cayetano Heredia
  • India, Bangalore: St. John’s Medical College
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil: University of Sao Paulo
  • Kenya, Migori: Family AIDs Care and Education Services
  • Costa Rica, San Jose: IHCAI



UM/JMH Med-Peds boasts leadership dedicated to global health, and a resident-driven global health curriculum that facilitates acquisition of foundational knowledge through online modules and further growth, reflection and internalization through monthly journal club discussions, periodic case conferences, an annual global health ethics seminar and quarterly global health grand rounds presentations. All residents who take international electives must complete online training in basic humanitarian practice, which is a course purchased by the program.

Journal Club:

Global Health Journal Club is a monthly gathering of Med-Peds and categorical residents for discussion of key topics in global health. Check out the articles that we have recently reviewed:

Topic: Article title (date of meeting)

  • Social networks: Association between social network communities and health behavior; Network interventions (1/27/2015)
  • HIV, global health research: A failed trial in Africa raises questions about how to test HIV drugs (3/5/2015)
  • Health Systems: Health care systems in low and middle income countries (4/23/2015)
  • Structural adjustment, conditional cash transfers: International Monetary Fund programs and tuberculosis outcomes in post-communist countries; From targeted exemptions to user fee abolition in health care: experience from rural Zambia (6/18/2015)
  • Specialized care: A controversial oasis of health care (with film about Salam Center in South Sudan) (8/19/2015)
  • Child protection systems: Learning from child protection systems mapping and analysis in West Africa (10/1/2015)
  • Zika Virus: Zika Virus in the Americas-Yet Another Arbovirus Threat (3/3/2016)
  • Tuberculosis: A Trial of Early Antiretrovirals and Isoniazid Preventive Therapy in Africa (4/28/2016)
  • Malnutrition, positive deviance: The positive deviance/hearth approach to improving child nutrition; UN strategies to prevent and treat malnutrition; WHO management of children with severe infection or malnutrition (5/24/2016)
  • Emergency and disaster medicine: Living in Emergency (film about MSF) (6/9/2016)
  • Refugees in US: Environmental, Nutrition and Health Issues in a US Refugee Resettlement Community (6/29/2016)
  • Conditional cash transfers: Conditional Cash Transfers for Improving Uptake of Health Interventions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (7/20/2016)
  • Global Health Law: Global Health and the Law (8/18/16)
  • UN and the cholera epidemic in Haiti: Mortality Rates during Cholera Epidemic, Haiti, 2010–2011 (9/15/2016)
  • Global Heath Equity: Achieving equity in global health (10/20/16)