Global Health Leadership Track

Track & Curriculum

Ford Franklin in clinic

Ford Franklin, MD (Class of 2023) in clinic in Roatan, Honduras

Our Global Health Curriculum is a competitive specialized training track. Initially a joint collaboration between the departments of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine, it is now a multi-disciplinary track that includes residency programs from across the UVA Health System.

Residents have opportunities for international research and clinical electives in cooperation with the UVA Center for Global Health. Our most active elective sites are in Guatemala, Uganda, and South Africa. During the clinical electives, residents learn about diseases relevant to the local population, experience a different healthcare system, and discover a new culture in a safe, appropriately supervised environment. Residents contribute to the academic learning environment at partner sites by attending and leading teaching conferences; upon their return, they are expected to give a presentation about their experience to the UVA Department of Medicine.

Residents apply for positions during the intern year. Currently 2 to 4 internal medicine residents are accepted annually. The local didactic curriculum extends through the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years. Residents from many departments come together for discussions in monthly journal clubs or attend dinners with invited speakers. Two-week, intensive courses are offered each January. The first of these is on global health policy and practice and the second is infectious disease focused, examining diseases of burden in low and middle-income countries. Residents also have the opportunity to work in a Travelers ID clinic and the International Family Medicine Clinic, which serves refugees brought to the U.S. by the Charlottesville chapter of the International Rescue Committee.

Resident Testimonials