Develop your skills in global health
Delivering care from a global health perspective is necessary for physicians and health care providers. Global health doesn't only involve going overseas and volunteering in disaster-stricken areas, or countries with limited resources, but also includes advocating and providing care for underserved populations within Canada, such as the homeless, refugees and immigrants and remote communities.
Medical residents at Dalhousie University have been involved in international rotations with a focus on improving their clinical skills, teaching and/or research. Some Dalhousie residency programs that have global health electives include:
- Department of Anesthesia
- Department of Family Medicine
- Department of Surgery
- Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - For more information, contact Hala Nader
Global health options for you
Benefit from the many global health opportunities available to you:
Global health mentorship program
A mentor provides residents with a role model, guiding them through clinical practice and preparing them for future academic, clinical and leadership positions in global health. It's beneficial to have a mentor to guide you through the hurdles and opportunities as you embark on your career.
The global health mentorship program identifies faculty members to be mentors for residents, as well as residents to be mentors for students. Contact the GHO to join the mentorship program.
Research in global health
Residents can learn about global health through collaborative research with institutions in developing countries. Residents may work with investigators conducting research overseas, giving them the chance to learn about basic science and clinical research methods, specific global health topics and research ethics.
Time's often a limiting factor for residents. Often it's easier for a resident to do part of an established project themselves, under the supervision of a faculty research mentor. Find out which faculty are currently involved in global health research.
Local populations in any country or community struggle with issues of health disparity. This provides residency programs with local opportunities to expose residents to global health concerns. Opportunities include homeless shelters, refugee or immigrant health clinics, travel clinics and tuberculosis and HIV clinics.
Collaboration with immigrant advocacy groups, legal assistance programs and similar agencies can help residents acquire skills in working with diverse communities, including leadership skills and awareness of issues in the communities and neighborhoods they served.
Contact us to learn about current educational opportunities.
Special training programs
Canadian programs with a global health concentration
- Simon Fraser University: Master of Public Health
- University of Alberta: Master of Public Health
- University of Toronto: Master of Public Health
- McMaster University: Master of Science in Global Health
- Canadian Paediatric Society: Global Child Health Curriculum
- London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
- Harvard School of Public Health
- Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
- Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
- London School of Economics
- Gorgas Courses in Clinical Tropical Medicine
- American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
- Oxford School of Public Health
Resources for residents
- Don & Elizabeth Hillman International Child Health Grant (paediatrics)
Resident Involvement in Global Health
Dr. André Bernard
Dr. André Bernard was the innaugural recipient of the Dr. TJ (Jock) Murray Resident Award for Leadership in Global Health.
Dr. Sabina Nagpal
Dr. Sabina Nagpal received the 2011 Dr. TJ (Jock) Murray Resident Award for Leadership in Global Health.
Dr. Kevin Calder
Dr. Kevin Calder received the 2012 Dr. TJ (Jock) Murray Resident Award for Leadership in Global Health.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Calder has worked with Operation Smile in Cambodia, Madagascar, India, Vietnam and Peru. His work combines an international and interdisciplinary team of surgeons, nurses, dentists, speech-language pathologists and patient care coordinators.
He has also researched various cleft lip surgical techniques and evaluated surgical outcomes to identify the best repairs to tailor each surgery to each child to maximize benefit.
Dr. Arlene MacDougall
Dr. Arlene MacDougall received the 2013 Dr. TJ (Jock) Murray Resident Award for Leadership in Global Health.
Dr. MacDougall is described as a “Global Physician” who advocates for system change in mental health in marginalized communities locally and globally.
During her fellowship at Dalhousie she helped develop a collaborative partnership between the Stanton Territorial Health Authority in the NWT and Dalhousie University. The focus of this partnership was to strengthen resident opportunities available in the NWT through clinical care delivery, education, capacity building and research.
Dr. MacDougall has also been involved with developing training materials for the, well established, Global Psychiatry partnership with Guyana and has worked with First Nations communities in Canada.
Dr. Gregory Knapp
Dr. Gregory Knapp received the 2015 Dr. TJ (Jock) Murray Resident Award for Leadership in Global Health.
Dr. Gregory Knapp is a global health leader focused on research, teaching and mentorship. He understands the importance of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural cooperation and is sensitive to the requirements of low-resource settings.
Dr. Anca Matei
Dr. Anca Matei received the 2016 Dr. TJ (Jock) Murray Resident Award for Leadership in Global Health.
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Dr. Matei was a resident member of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology global health advisory committee. She established that local global health was a critical component and soon formed a Global Health Interest Group, providing opportunities for residents to engage with vulnerable and underserved women in the Halifax Community.
Dr. Matei has orchestrated several education sessions on reproductive and sexual health at Adsum House and Phoenix Youth Services. She has also coordinated outreach work with the Refugee Health Clinic and the North End Community Health Centre.
Internationally, Dr. Matei has been involved with Kybele, a non-profit humanitarian organization which strives to improve childbirth safety worldwide. She has travelled twice with a Kybele team to Cape Coast, Ghana, to participate in quality improvement projects.
Dr. Amanda Moore
Dr. Amanda Moore received the 2017 Dr. TJ (Jock) Murray Resident Award for Leadership in Global Health.
Dr. Tommy Brothers
Dr. Tommy Brothers received the 2018 Dr. TJ (Jock) Murray Resident Award for Leadership in Global Health.
For more information on global health education opportunities for medical residents please contact Said Msabaha.