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Global Health

Overview & Vision

Recognizing the increasingly global community in which we live, the University of Wisconsin Pediatric Residency Program is committed to providing residents with a broadened worldview of pediatric care and advocacy. We are fortunate that our medical school has expanded its emphasis on public health, and is prioritizing the need for health professionals to gain a deeper awareness of culture, language, and society. In concert with this, the undergraduate and graduate portions of the University have launched a university-wide focus on global health. Madison provides an ideal setting for global health work, given the community’s and the University’s long-standing commitment to advocacy, activism, and international partnerships.

The Department of Pediatrics believes that global health experiences and education are an ideal way to increase this awareness and advance the goals of the School of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Wisconsin and to promote the Wisconsin Idea. The 2010-2011 academic year marked the inauguration of a Global Health Track for Pediatric Residents at the University of Wisconsin. What began as a resident-driven initiative has blossomed into a longitudinal curriculum that spans the duration of residency and is enriched by offerings across the institution.

The Global Health Track for Pediatric Residents at the University of Wisconsin is designed to foster personal and individualized growth. Through the track, we aim to develop physician leaders who will have the skills, knowledge, and desire to improve the health of children worldwide.

Components of the Global Health Track

Residents enrolled in the track are assigned global health mentors who will help guide them throughout the course of their residency training, connecting them with the resources available via the broader university to help them meet their personal goals. While core elements exist within the track, residents are encouraged to tailor the curriculum to meet their individual needs.

Resident Examining PatientAn educational cornerstone of the track is a 2-week Fundamentals in Global Child Health course. During this protected time, residents in the track will spend time focusing on many of the issues that are central to global child health. Other key elements of the track include monthly small-group evening sessions ranging in content from journal clubs to cultural activities, residency program-wide afternoon educational sessions with global health content, customized global health electives when appropriate, involvement in cross-campus global health events and seminars, global health advocacy/community involvement, and local or international global health electives. The Global Health Track curriculum emphasizes cultural humility, responsible and ethical practices, and collaboration with colleagues.

The Greater University Picture

Our residency offers you a unique opportunity to be connected to a large, internationally-active, undergraduate and graduate campus. The University campus, including the School of Medicine & Public Health, is home to the University of Wisconsin Global Health Institute. The UW Global Health Institute spans the entire University of Wisconsin campus and serves to bring faculty and students across all disciplines together to address health care, food security and sustainable agriculture, water and sanitation, environmental sustainability, and “one health” perspectives that integrate the health of humans, animals and the environment. The UW Global Health Institute aims to address the intertwined root (or upstream) causes of ill health across sectors to discover more sustainable strategies for human well-being. These networks provide a resident with the opportunity to work with and learn from professionals across the University campus from a wide array of disciplines.

Applying for the Global Health Track

Following Match Day, all incoming residents will have the opportunity to apply for the Global Health Track. In an effort to maximize potential exposure, residents will be selected and begin participating in the track during their intern year.

The track serves to enrich the training experience of residents interested in global health and has the ability to meet the needs of a variety of residents: from those who desire to gain a new perspective on the health of children worldwide to those who plan to have a career centered in global health work. Highly motivated, self-driven, and intellectually curious residents with a passion for global health will be exceptionally successful in this program.

Global Health Track Leaders

Sabrina Butteris, MD

Sabrina Butteris, MD

Dr. Butteris is the Director of the Pediatric Global Health Track. She is a pediatric hospitalist whose work within global health focuses on curriculum development and education in the US and abroad, strengthening of health systems via training of health care professionals, the use of simulation in resource-limited settings, culture shock and communication, and partnership development. Dr. Butteris coordinates the UW Department of Pediatrics partnership with Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia (a partnership aimed at strengthening pediatric emergency and trauma care in Ethiopia). Additionally, she oversees the UW Graduate Medical Education global health elective process.
Laura Houser, MD

Laura Houser, MD

Dr. Houser is the Associate Director of the Pediatric Global Health Track. She is a general pediatrician at the UW Health East Clinic. Her focus within global health is on implementation of neonatal resuscitation and improving newborn care. Her primary region of focus is Haiti.
Jonathan Gehlbach, MD

Jonathan Gehlbach, MD

Dr. Gehlbach is one of the current Pediatric Chief Residents and the Global Health Chief Resident. Although not a member of the Global Health Track during his residency, he hopes to work closely with the Global Health Program during his year as the Global Health Chief Resident. After completing his Chief Resident year, he plans to pursue a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine.

Core Global Health Faculty

Ann Behrmann, MD

Ann Behrmann, MD

Dr. Behrmann is a general pediatrician at Group Health Cooperative. She has decades of experience in the field of global health and serves on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on International Child Health. She has been actively involved in the University of Wisconsin Global Health Institute and served in an advisory role for the Center for Global Health’s Steering Committee.
Ryan Coller, MD, MPH

Ryan Coller, MD, MPH

Dr. Coller is a pediatric hospitalist, with global health experience in South America, Asia and Africa on USAID-funded projects looking at community health and HIV prevention among youth at the population level. He has interests in program monitoring and evaluation, international medical education, quality improvement and inpatient-outpatient-community transitions both globally and domestically.
James Conway, MD

James Conway, MD

Dr. Conway is a pediatric infectious disease specialist. His primary work within global health centers on vaccine-preventable diseases and community-based public health programs aimed at improving vaccine delivery. His region of concentration in his vaccine work has been East Africa. Dr. Conway is the Associate Director for Health Sciences for the University of Wisconsin Global Health Institute.
Gregory DeMuri, MD

Gregory DeMuri, MD

Dr. Demuri is a pediatric infectious disease specialist and general pediatrician. He practices general pediatrics at Access Community Health Clinic, a clinic that serves an under-served population in Madison. He has combined his expertise in infectious disease and general pediatrics globally in both Kazakstan and Cuba.
Scott Hagen, MD

Scott Hagen, MD

Dr. Hagen is a pediatric intensivist. He has worked with cardiac critical care teams and in pediatric intensive care settings providing education and patient care in Uganda, Ethiopia, Nicaragua and Peru.
Joshua Ross, MD

Joshua Ross, MD

Dr. Ross is a pediatric emergency medicine physician and Director of Simulation Education for the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Emergency Medicine. He has worked in both India and Peru and most recently has been helping to train Ethiopian pediatricians and EM residents in pediatric emergency medicine.

Affiliate Global Health Faculty

Tigist Bacha

Tigist Bacha
Addis Ababa University

Muluwork Tefera

Muluwork Tefera
Addis Ababa University

Lindsay Geier, MD

Lisa Umphrey, MD
ATLAS (Associação de Trabalho Liberal de Assistnêcia a Saúde)
Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders)

 

Graduates

Global Health Site Photos

Desire Hurst (2013) – Primary care pediatrician working with underserved patients in rural Michigan.

Leslie Riopel (2013) – Leslie is working as a general pediatrician in the Madison community, and is interested in working on local community-based projects here in Wisconsin.

Matthew Szadkowski (2013) – During residency, Matt spent time in Ethiopia working with local physicians to develop treatment algorithms for common illnesses encountered in their ED. He is currently a fellow in Pediatric Emergency Medicine in Salt Lake City and plans to continue to work with colleagues abroad in an effort to improve emergency medical care.

Cathy Lee-Miller (2012) – After completing her chief resident year, Cathy is pursuing her fellowship in hematology-oncology at the University of Colorado. She plans to pursue a career involving pediatric subspecialty teaching and education in international settings.

Erin Turner (2012) – Following a year as chief resident, Erin went on to a critical care fellowship in Seattle, WA. During her chief year, she became involved in the UW's partnership with Addis Ababa University (AAU) and plans to stay involved as the AAU faculty work to develop pediatric critical care at AAU.

Ben Hanisch (2011) – Pediatric Infectious Disease fellow at the University of Minnesota. He is exploring options for his fellowship research including global health related research.

Katie Baker (2011) – After finishing her global health chief resident year, Katie and her husband, Dr. Jeff Yaeger moved to Shiprock, New Mexico, to work for the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Reservation.

Laura Houser (2010) – General pediatrician at the UW Health East Clinic and Associate Director of the Global Health Track. Her focus within global health is on implementation of neonatal resuscitation and improving newborn care. Her primary region of focus is Haiti.

Dan Olson (2010) – Following graduation, Dan completed a Fogarty Fellowship in Malawi where he undertook work doing research on Ebstein Barr Virus. He is currently an Infectious Disease fellow in Denver, Colorado and pursuing research looking at dengue infection in pregnancy and the effects on innate and humoral immunity in the mother and neonate.

Lisa Umphrey (2010) – Upon completion of residency, Lisa moved to Uganda to become the Field Operations/Clinic Manager, supervising pediatrician, and Medical Rotational Program Director for a NGO. During her time in Uganda, she has developed a successful model for delivering high quality primary care in rural areas in Uganda. In the coming year, Lisa will be working with Medcins Sans Frontieres and plans to continue her work in Uganda as well.

Jeff Yaeger (2010) – Jeff completed his chief year and worked as a National Research Service Award fellow. After pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Health training, he and his wife, Dr. Katie Baker, moved to Shiprock, New Mexico, to work for the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Reservation.

Current Global Health Track Residents

Halie M. Anderson, MD

Halie M. Anderson, MD

Christina Beaird, MD

Christina Beaird, MD

Katie T. Carlberg, MD

Katie T. Carlberg, MD

Kristy Fitzpatrick, MD

Kristy Fitzpatrick, MD

Andrea Jones, MD

Andrea Jones, MD

Evan Kemp, MD, MPH

Evan Kemp, MD, MPH

Andrew Lewandowski, DO

Andrew Lewandowski, DO

Danielle Priem, DO

Danielle Priem, DO

Priya Puri, MD

Priya Puri, MD

Robert Strait, MD

Robert Strait, MD

Sarah Webber, MD

Sarah Webber, MD

Kara Vig, MD

Kara Vig, MD


Last updated: 03/12/2014
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