Our Emergency Department offers an active Global Health Section that has sponsored a university-wide global health meeting and has worked on projects in Ethiopia, India, Haiti, and Guatemala. BMC ED residents travel all over the globe to participate in research, global health, and language programs. Residents have worked in India, Mexico, Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Lebanon, Thailand, Vietnam, China, and Mozambique. If you have an idea and a place to go, we will help you get there.
Global & Public Health College
Residents interested in developing additional expertise in the principles of global and public health can join the Global & Public Health College. Residents will learn how to relate public health principles to the development and management of sustainable projects in resource-limited settings. In addition, residents will develop the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to succeed in public and global health activities and careers, and become competitive candidates for fellowships and faculty positions in academic emergency medicine programs. Contact the Deans of the College, Gabrielle Jacquet and Elissa Schechter-Perkins, with questions. Find additional resources below.
Resident Project Examples
Kristen Dwyer, Class of 2014 (pictured above):
Ultrasound teaching in Rwanda with PURE (Physician Ultrasound in Rwanda Education initiative): “I went to Rwanda with the PURE organization. Our US director, Dr Leo is on the board of this organization and has been traveling to Rwanda to do ultrasound education with the residents and medical students. The goal is to create educators and champions of ultrasound in the country. On my trip, we were providing training for the trainers, and then had our trainees lead an ultrasound workshop for local medical students. It was great to see how much they had learned, and how they had blossomed into ultrasound educators from their training. In addition, after the PURE group left, I stayed behind to volunteer in the ED and do more ultrasound bedside training.”
An Ultrasound Training Program at a Burmese Refugee Health Clinic in Thailand: This project aims to establish an ultrasound training program at the Mae Tao Clinic, a clinic serving Burmese people who have crossed the Thai-Burma border to escape political and economic oppression. By combining a “train-the-trainers” model with longitudinal Emergency Medicine resident involvement, the training program is designed to be self-sustaining and eventually run by clinic medics alone. The project incorporates an IRB-approved study to measure the efficacy of this approach to ultrasound training by EM residents in a limited-resource setting. Additional project goals include: developing an ultrasound committee/department at the clinic and a Quality Assurance review program.
Matt Tyler, Class of 2016:
“I participated in a clinical rotation in the Aga Khan emergency department where I evaluated patients under supervision from the EM attending. I also undertook a clinical research project guided by my mentor at Aga Khan Hospital. Lastly, I participated in weekly teaching sessions with Kenyan Emergency Medicine residents and nurses.”
Global Health Blog
Read about the amazing experiences of BMC residents during their time abroad!
Global Health Educational Resources
Public & Global Health Newsletter
Our Emergency Department is a leader in Public Health and Global Health on a local, state, and national level. We are proud to publish a newsletter highlighting our cutting-edge scholarship and innovative programs in these fields.
Gabrielle A. Jacquet, MD, MPH, FACEP
Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine
Director, Global Health, Dept. of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Director, Global Health, Boston University School of Medicine
Affiliate Faculty, Boston University Center for Global Health and Development
Thea James, MD
Associate Chief Medical Officer
Vice President of Mission for Boston Medical Center
Director of the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP)
Elissa Schechter-Perkins, MD, MPH
Associate Director of Emergency Medicine Research