Healthcare Disparities and Global Health

Healthcare Disparities

Our program is highly committed to patient advocacy and ardently supports initiatives to improve the health of local, regional and international communities through direct patient care, development of policy & healthcare strategy, and research. During residency, trainees are provided opportunities to positively impact our local community. Residents staff The Corner Clinic, a subsidized clinic in Ypsilanti, MI geared towards high-risk children and young adults. Residents can also volunteer to see patients at Migrant Farm Worker Clinics – seasonal clinics that serve our migrant farming community. We also support residents who wish to extend their experiences more broadly within the United States through rotations at sites supported by the Indian Health Service (IHS) or Centers for Disease Control (CDC).


Global Health

At Michigan Pediatrics, global health is important and relevant to pediatric resident training; we believe that global health opportunities, both local and abroad, contribute to the development of socially-conscious, well-rounded pediatricians. Via a resident-based initiative with faculty support and mentoring, Michigan Pediatrics has developed a three-tiered approach to global heath training for our residents.

1. All Pediatric Residents are exposed to a Core Curriculum addressing fundamental topics in global health. In 2013-2014, these were officially integrated into our regular morning and noon conference schedule. They cover a range of topics including: Tropical Dermatology, International Neonatal/Maternal Health, Diarrhea and Dehydration Management in Low Resource Settings, and Treatment of Neonatal and Pediatric HIV/AIDS.

2. Residents can elect to participate in an international elective, choosing between University of Michigan affiliated and third-party resident-selected sites. In addition, a hospital-wide initiative seeking to strengthen Michigan’s residency-wide global health program developed a specific Global Health and Disparities Curriculum with a monthly lecture series open to all residents. This series includes direct guidance in applying to international rotations. Our residents have rotated abroad in many countries, including Nicaragua, Ghana, Egypt, India, Colombia, Malawi and Tanzania.
• See our Resident Testimonials for more information and pictures
• A list of faculty members engaged in global health projects in which residents can participate.

3. Global Health and Health Disparities Area of Concentration: In the coming years, Michigan Pediatrics is aiming to develop a Global Health and Health Disparities Area of Concentration. Residents will participate in the hospital-wide lecture series, an international elective rotation and also have the opportunity to have faculty mentorship in global health. Other future projects include a Global Health Journal Club.


Global Health Faculty Leaders