Posted: November 4, 2016

Creating Sustainable Models for Short-term Volunteers Through the Global Health Service Partnership


Thirty-one countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have a critical shortage of health care professionals. Subsequently, African medical schools are increasing enrollment, thus increasing demand on limited faculty. Simultaneously, US medical residents' interest in global health is increasing and training programs are seeking ways to provide high quality experiences while also contributing to the host country health system. Recently published guidelines outlined key factors in successful global health training partnerships: structured programs, mutual benefits, long-term relationships, on-site mentorship, and trainee preparation. Partnerships between US academic institutions, GHSP, and SSA institutions create meaningful and sustainable ways of enabling residents and faculty across a variety of specialties to serve in resource-limited settings, gaining valuable global health experience, and reducing the critical faculty shortages in SSA. Additionally, this partnership creates a pipeline for residency graduates to continue to work in global health and contribute to both the US and SSA institution.

*Presented at Learn Serve Lead 2016


Global Health, LSL 2016, Human Resources for Health, Resident Rotations, Partnerships


David Ries, MD, Department of Hospital Medicine, University of California San Diego; Seed Global Health

Elizabeth Cunningham, MPH, Seed Global Health

Elizabeth Hutchinson, MD, Swedish Family Medicine - First Hill; Dept of Family Medicine, University of Washington; Seed Global Health

Esther Johnston, MD, MPH, Wright Center Family Medicine Residency at HealthPoint, Auburn, WA; Seed Global Health

Folasade May, MD, PHD, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Seed Global Health

James Scott, MD, FACEP, Department of Emergency Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Seed Global Health

Kiran Mitha, MD, Department of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Seed Global Health

Maureen Ries, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California Irvine; Seed Global Health

Sadath Sayeed, MD, JD, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Division of Newborn Health, Department of Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital; Seed Global Health

Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc, Center for Global Health, Mass. General Hospital; Dept of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Mass General Hospital; Seed Global Health