The UIC Center for Global Health Global Community Health Track is a unique opportunity for resident physicians in training to expand their perspective on disparity. We take an in-depth look, through a longitudinal track, at issues surrounding community health and, specifically, health disparities. We offer mentorship, support, and guidance in the broad discipline of global health and community based participatory research for our resident Scholars. Upon Completion of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Center for Global Health (CGH) Global Community Health Track (GCHT), residents will develop skills and knowledge within four primary thematic areas: People and Community Centeredness, Health Equity, Primary Health Care Services Access, and Community Health Systems Strengthening.
- Didactics: 6-8 lectures per year on a rotating 3 year curriculum, independent study and reading lists
- Journal Club: 4-6 journal club discussions per year
- Mentorship: longitudinal global health career mentoring 1:1 resident:faculty
- International Site Visits, QI and Research: 2 year engagement with a research team. Through most programs you will visit the program site for two weeks in your 2nd or 3rd year of residency and again subsequently the following year, for a total of 4 weeks onsite. You will contribute to ongoing programmatic and research activities specific to your assigned project.
- Collaboration: You will have the opportunity to work with trainees and faculty across campus and through the Center for Global Health.
Overview of the GCH program
There are multiple components to this program
- Work of Scholarship:
Resident physicians participating in the program will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing community or health service based research in the field of Global Community Health and will have the expertise and guidance of individual faculty in doing so.
- International Elective(s):
Scholars must complete no less than four weeks of approved elective(s) in order to fulfill the requirements of the Global Community Health Certification. The UIC CGH has ongoing relationships with sites that encompass opportunities including research projects, clinical work, on site lectures, cultural activities, and language learning.
- Core didactic series:
Resident physicians are longitudinally exposed to Global Community Health oriented lectures apart from and integrated into the Residency Program core curriculum. These lectures cover a broad range of global health topics, equipping the residents participating in the track with an excellent grasp of the major issues of global health.
- Global Community Health Journal Club:
Journal clubs are held as an opportunity for scholarly exchange with the broader university campus in the purpose of critically evaluating and exploring the recent literature in the realm of global community health. These are highly successful and are regularly attended by faculty and students in other schools, departments, and residency programs.
Scholars are paired with established global health faculty and researchers for career and professional development guidance and support.
- Global Health Conference:
Scholars are expected to attend a Global Health oriented conference at some point during their residency training. Presentation at a conference is highly encouraged.
- Alumni Network:
Scholars must agree to maintain contact with the UIC DFM program, including serving as mentors for future GCH program participants and/or becoming part of a GCH collegial network for career support and future inter-institutional collaborations.
- Global Health Disparities
Recent discussions increasingly bring light to the inadequacies of our US health care system in providing equitable and equal care to our own citizens. When these same disparities are explored on an international level the differences are profound. As we, being training institutions, strive to improve the health of our own communities in building capacity within our own health care workforce, it is crucial that we work toward equity and equality, not only in our local US communities but in consideration of a broader global view.
- Global Public Health Education in Residency Training
Family Medicine, as a primary care specialty, is intimately linked with public health. We hold, as a foundation, a similar mission as public health improving the health of our community. Our Family Medicine training curriculum, through the GCH program, fills a gap found in traditional training by offering experiences to our residents that could provide them with the tools necessary to mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems, develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts, and evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of clinical level and population-based health services among other critical public health oriented activities.
Our world is increasingly being affected by globalization. This impacts our local communities in the US by bringing certain communicable diseases to our doorstep that we would otherwise never encounter if national borders, only, were required to contain them. Chronic diseases are rising dramatically in places we would not have expected just a few years prior because of transnational commerce, development, urbanization, and nutritional transition. The GCH program helps us adequately address, directly, these issues. In addition, surrounding issues such as cultural proficiency, human rights, ethics, advocacy and policy, diplomacy, health determinants, and health systems which are closely linked to globalization and health are more fully addressed through our approach in partnerships.
- Global View
Resident physicians participating in the track primarily gain a global view (including domestic and international perspectives) of public health disparities and are prepared to fully address these issues in the individual clinical, broader community, and policy consideration contexts. Resident physicians gain the necessary tools and skills for global community health assessment, research design, project organization, and project evaluation. In addition, this residency program nurtures an understanding of global health concerns among the residency at large as well as fosters cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity. There are also a great number of additional benefits of resident training in global community health including improved physical exam skills, increased resource consciousness when making diagnostic and treatment decisions, valuable experience working with underserved populations, increased interest in primary care, improved cultural competency, and increased first-hand exposure in working with medical issues that are uncommon in the US. Resident physicians exposed to global health experiences, are, as well, more likely to go on to practice in underserved areas.