Author: Sweet L. R. and Held M. R. Publication Year: 2014
Summary: This paper looks at the author’s development of a Global Child Health Elective.
Description: Background:
Few formal training programmes provide physicians with the skills and mentorship necessary to become global paediatricians. In response to this need, the author’s piloted a Global Child Health Elective for paediatric interns interested in a career in global child health.

Methods:
The month-long elective consisted of didactic, interactive and immersion experiences. Core topics were introduced through a series of didactic lectures and case-based discussions. Learners engaged in interactive sessions on leadership, management and communication skills, participated in workshops on developing community-based health initiatives, and visited refugee communities in Hartford, Connecticut. A one-week cultural immersion experience in Guatemala highlighted inequalities encountered globally. Participants completed a pre- and post-elective global health knowledge exam and self-assessment of advocacy skills and ability to identify resources.

Results:
Mean scores (n=8) on the knowledge pre-test and post-test were 48% (SD 12.0) and 75% (SD 7.5) respectively (p-value <0.001). Learners reported gaining significant knowledge and skills during the elective and increased confidence in their ability to improve child health locally and globally.

Conclusion:
This comprehensive curriculum provides pediatric interns with global health knowledge, skills and experiences and may serve as one model for training residents to become global pediatricians.

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