Emergency Medicine and Global Health
The Larner College of Medicine and the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) have created a collaborative partnership to support global health learning and elective opportunities for students, residents, and staff. Our global health experiences
focus on sustainable bi-directional medical education partnerships for not only our residents and students at UVM, but also our partnering institutions’ learners. We currently have longstanding partnerships in Uganda, Vietnam, Zimbabwe,
Russia, and the Dominican Republic.
Visit the Global Health website for information specific to the program.
Global Health Electives
Medical student elective rotations are generally 6 weeks in duration and consist both clinical and sociocultural components. First year students participate in a pre-departure global health
curriculum throughout the spring of their first year
followed by a 6 week summer elective internationally. United States based faculty mentors accompany junior medical students to create continuity, facilitate learning, and participate with host faculty in
capacity development activities.
Senior medical students and residents complete 4-6 week clinical rotations available in multiple specialties and settings with the opportunity to stay with a host family. The student electives occur within a broader framework of bi-directional
exchange and capacity development.
Emergency Medicine is a critical component of global health at UVM. We are uniquely positioned within the University to help lead many of the global health initiatives. The Division of Emergency Medicine has three primary areas of focus in global
health: electives, sustainable partnerships, and research.
Global Health Resident Opportunities
Residents in the Division of Emergency Medicine will have up to 8 weeks of elective time that can be used toward global health electives. Opportunities will include, but are not limited to, sites established with the Larner College of Medicine, and
GEC in Uganda. The global health faculty have diverse experiences in Central America, South America, South East Asia, and Africa. Mentorship and field experience will be available in additional regions of interest with partners that have been
established all over the world. Additional opportunities may include partnership with major international health policy and advocacy organizations. Residents interested in careers in Global Health will be paired with an experienced faculty
member who will serve as a longitudinal mentor throughout residency and beyond.
Global Health Residency Curriculum
Global health topics that are relevant to emergency medicine will be taught as part of the core EM residency curriculum. This will include expanded topics on specific health care conditions and procedures needed in resource limited settings, research
methodology, sustainable capacity building, international emergency and disaster response, and simulation.