Residents: Advanced Global Health Track
This track is intended for the resident who comes with international experience already and is seeking a career in global health. There will be a maximum of 2 residents per year in the Advanced Track. The purpose of this track is for the resident to take a deeper dive into global child health issues and prepare him or her for working abroad or a global health fellowship. In addition to the above opportunities, residents in the Advanced Global Health Track may spend additional time internationally, conduct research with global or international populations, and/or attend additional training courses in topics such as skills in low resource settings, disaster and humanitarian emergencies, malnutrition, and Helping Babies Breathe. Also, residents will occasionally help assist the directors with providing some educational sessions throughout the course of residency.
Current Advanced Track residents, Allie Adam and Nana Wilmot, attended the Global Pediatric Skills Week at Boston Children’s Hospital in September 2019.
"Exposure to global health is what led me to go into medicine in the first place. Anyone who knows me well knows I could talk until my face falls off about my experiences in Haiti. I’m excited to be able to expand on my prior experiences through the Advanced Track!"
“Having had the privilege of growing up in Ghana, I was always reminded of the vast inequality between social classes and inaccessibility of basic health services to the masses. By participating in the global health track, I will be able to hone my medical knowledge/skills and apply it in practical settings. I’m excited to participate in the Advanced Track to be able to have more networking opportunities and the opportunity to travel for a more extended period of time.”
Fellows seeking additional training in global health beyond an international elective as described above, also have opportunities at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. Once the fellow is on a successful path of completing the requirements for his or her subspecialty program, the Global Health Director works closely with the fellow and the fellow’s Program Director to offer educational opportunities based on fellow interest, previous experience, and career goals. These opportunities may include additional time internationally, scholarly research projects related to global health, and additional training courses pertinent to both global health and pediatric subspecialty. These opportunities do not interfere with completion of fellowship subspecialty requirements.
"Under the mentorship of Dr. Watts, as a Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellow, I had the opportunity to participate in global health experiences in Switzerland, India, Thailand and Laos. In addition to personal growth and gaining cultural competency, these experiences provided me with exposure to diseases that are not endemic to North America and exposure to children with late presentations of common diseases (such as older children with unrepaired congenital heart disease). In contrast to our local healthcare system, the low resource settings that I traveled to often lacked laboratory or imaging studies, which allowed me to strengthen my history and physical examination skills. I was able to teach and learn from in-country trainees and physicians during these rotations. My experiences in global health set the stage for a future in global health, with a mission of improving the acute care management of children globally by educating the next generation of in-country physicians."