Global Health Track Goals and Objectives
Our mission is to ethically and sustainably improve the health of children and communities globally, by striving to decrease disparities in health through education, advocacy, service, and research.
The PEM Global Health track is part of the global health program within the section of Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) at Baylor College of Medicine. The goals and objectives for the global health component of the PEM Global Health track are described below. They were adapted from those described for successful adult international emergency medicine fellowships 1, 3-5 and incorporate the core competencies required of PEM fellowship training programs by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). To find the goals and objectives for the general PEM fellowship, please refer to the PEM fellowship web pages.
Goals for fellows completing the PEM Global Health track include the acquisition of skills in order to:
- Assess global health systems to identify pertinent pediatric and/or emergency health issues and gaps in delivering high quality care
- Design sustainable, effective, culturally acceptable pediatric and/or emergency health programs that address collaboratively identified needs
- Implement pediatric and/or emergency medicine global health programs abroad and integrate them into existing health systems
- Evaluate the quality and defining structural, process and outcomes metrics for the global health programs implemented
Objectives for the PEM Global Health track include:
- Participate actively in international field projects that incorporate the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) core competencies (patient care, medical knowledge, practice based learning and improvement, systems based practice, interpersonal and communication skills, and professionalism)
- A range of international experiences during fellowship is recommended and supported
- Fellows will have the opportunity to provide patient care in resource-limited settings
- Training may include travel medicine, disaster response, refugee medicine, public health, human rights, PEM program development (including both curriculum and systems development), quality improvement, and emergency medical provider training in both developed and underdeveloped countries
- Develop fundamental knowledge in global public health and/or tropical medicine (ACGME core competencies: medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice)
- Conduct research and/or scholarly activity in pediatric emergency medicine (ACGME core competencies: practice-based learning and improvement, professionalism, systems-based practice)
- Fellows may join ongoing faculty research projects or develop and implement individual projects in their areas of interest mentored by both US-based and international on-site healthcare providers.
- As Baylor College of Medicine trainees, fellows have access to faculty mentors and advisors, research support infrastructures, and training resources throughout the medical school and affiliated institutions.
- Obtain a working knowledge of university, governmental and non-governmental global health organizations (ACGME core competency: systems-based practice)
- Through field experience working clinically abroad and partnering with local stakeholders, fellows gain experience navigating the complexities associated with working in the global health arena.
- Gain knowledge regarding development, funding, and sustainability of international programs (ACGME core competencies: systems-based practice)
- Identify potential funding sources specific to global health initiatives; writing grant proposals is strongly encouraged and fully supported by the PEM Global Health track (ACGME core competency: systems-based practice). An internal funding mechanism for individual small scale projects (including travel, lodging, and program costs) is available for the PEM Global Health track.
- Begin networking necessary for a successful career in global health through mentoring and partnership development (ACGME core competencies: interpersonal or communication skills)