“Global health is an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide.”
--Koplan JP, et al. Towards a common definition of global health. Lancet. 2009;373(9679):1993-1995
The Global Health curriculum at Mount Carmel Family Medicine Residency began as an International rotation during which residents were able to experience providing medicine in resource poor areas. However, it has grown to include emphasis on vulnerable populations in Columbus as well. Columbus, Ohio has one of the largest populations nationwide of Butanese-Nepali and Somali refugees and immigrants. We also serve many other groups here as well. These populations provide challenges and rewards. We are constantly striving to care for their unique needs in innovative ways, and to provide education to our residents on caring for vulnerable populations.
In addition to the Global Health work we perform daily in our Family Medicine Center and discuss monthly in our didactic sessions, we continue to travel to Kingston, Jamaica, and Chiapas, Mexico regularly to continue our care for the communities we have formed relationships with in these countries. These trips are an excellent opportunity for residents to experience new practice environments and cultures; they are available to all family medicine residents and lasts one to two weeks. Interested residents are also welcome to schedule month-long electives at locations of their choosing.