Global Health

Hear From Our Residents

“I was very excited I could join the Global Health track even after residency started. I've always loved public health and knew the track would provide great learning opportunities through the two week fundamentals course each year and monthly dinner discussion nights. Through the Global Health track I've been able to learn more about the Madison area and the patient communities we serve in addition to the available local resources. I'm very much looking forward to traveling abroad my third year to solidify my learning experience, expand my understanding of other cultures, and to improve my overall training as a physician.”

Christine Brichta, Global Health Track Participant

 

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Christine Brichta, Global Health Track Participant

 

“I was very excited I could join the Global Health track even after residency started. I've always loved public health and knew the track would provide great learning opportunities through the two week fundamentals course each year and monthly dinner discussion nights. Through the Global Health track I've been able to learn more about the Madison area and the patient communities we serve in addition to the available local resources. I'm very much looking forward to traveling abroad my third year to solidify my learning experience, expand my understanding of other cultures, and to improve my overall training as a physician.”
Natalie Tedford
“The Global Health Track has greatly supplemented my residency training! We are exposed to many different educational opportunities as well as volunteer/advocacy efforts domestically and internationally. I have loved getting to learn various ways to adapt my practice to resource-limited settings as well as learn about ways to foster collaboration and partnerships with people worldwide as well as in our community. The Fundamentals of Global Health course each year offers protected learning time and opportunities to engage in active learning and networking with faculty. I was fortunate enough as a PGY2 to work through the UW undergraduate study abroad program and co-lead a course in Tanzania - traveling to Dar Es Salaam, Moshi, Arusha, & Zanzibar to learn more about healthcare systems and local culture as well as participate at a couple regional referral hospitals using urgent care approaches in patient care and teaching skills to provide knowledge exchange. As a PGY3, I am planning to rotate in Dehradun, India and participate in school health initiatives to improve preventative care for children and work at the local hospital and clinic to learn more about the pediatric care there. This track has impacted me and my career path in so many ways, I am thankful for participating and learning more about the health of all children.”

Natalie Tedford, Global Health Track Participant

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Natalie Tedford, Global Health Track Participant

Natalie Tedford
“The Global Health Track has greatly supplemented my residency training! We are exposed to many different educational opportunities as well as volunteer/advocacy efforts domestically and internationally. I have loved getting to learn various ways to adapt my practice to resource-limited settings as well as learn about ways to foster collaboration and partnerships with people worldwide as well as in our community. The Fundamentals of Global Health course each year offers protected learning time and opportunities to engage in active learning and networking with faculty. I was fortunate enough as a PGY2 to work through the UW undergraduate study abroad program and co-lead a course in Tanzania - traveling to Dar Es Salaam, Moshi, Arusha, & Zanzibar to learn more about healthcare systems and local culture as well as participate at a couple regional referral hospitals using urgent care approaches in patient care and teaching skills to provide knowledge exchange. As a PGY3, I am planning to rotate in Dehradun, India and participate in school health initiatives to improve preventative care for children and work at the local hospital and clinic to learn more about the pediatric care there. This track has impacted me and my career path in so many ways, I am thankful for participating and learning more about the health of all children.”
Kristen Marten
“The Global Health Track is a great part of our residency program. Over the last 3 years, I am blessed to have worked on a local-global project with Centro Hispano in Madison teaching new mothers about keeping their families healthy. The two week fundamentals course each year is something I always look forward to and always learn so much about treating those from other cultures both in Madison and abroad. The faculty involved are extremely dedicated and passionate. I'm also lucky to have the opportunity to travel to Uganda for a month in my third year, where I will work in a local hospital and also teach medical students and other providers. Thanks to the Global Health Program, I have a better understanding of how to treat children from other cultures that will serve me throughout my career.”

Kristen Marten, Global Health Chief Resident

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Kristen Marten, Global Health Chief Resident

Kristen Marten
“The Global Health Track is a great part of our residency program. Over the last 3 years, I am blessed to have worked on a local-global project with Centro Hispano in Madison teaching new mothers about keeping their families healthy. The two week fundamentals course each year is something I always look forward to and always learn so much about treating those from other cultures both in Madison and abroad. The faculty involved are extremely dedicated and passionate. I'm also lucky to have the opportunity to travel to Uganda for a month in my third year, where I will work in a local hospital and also teach medical students and other providers. Thanks to the Global Health Program, I have a better understanding of how to treat children from other cultures that will serve me throughout my career.”
Sabrina Butteris, MD
Sabrina Butteris, MD

Dr. Butteris is the Division Chief for the Division of Global Pediatrics and the Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics. Her work within global health has focused on curriculum development and education in the US and abroad. She co-founded and has served as the co-leader for the Global Health Learning Community of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors. She is the current Chair of the Global Health Task Force of the American Board of Pediatrics and is on the Education Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on International Child Health. She is the co-creator of Simulation Use for Global Away Rotations (SUGAR), a simulation-based curriculum to prepare those engaging in global health experiences. As a faculty member, she has worked primarily in Tanzania and Ethiopia.

Laura M. Houser, MD
Laura Houser, MD
Dr. Houser has been the Associate Director of the Pediatric Global Health Track since its inception in 2010. She is a general pediatrician at the UW Health East Clinic and also directs the General Pediatrics and Advocacy Experience (CPAX) rotation. As a young faculty member, she completed the Global Health Capstone Certificate program through the UW Global Health Institute. Her focus within global health is on implementation of neonatal resuscitation and improving newborn care. She is a trainer the Helping Babies Survive suite of newborn care courses. Her primary countries of focus are Haiti and Uganda.
Nicole E. St Clair, MD
Nicole St Clair, MD

Dr. St Clair joined the UW-Madison Department of Pediatrics hospital medicine and global health education teams in 2017, and assumed the role of Global Health Track Director in 2018. Her primary global health areas of interest are to equip US-based medical trainees to provide clinical care in areas with resource limitations, develop sustainable global academic partnerships, and utilize educational and clinical services to address health disparities. Prior to moving to Madison, she founded and directed the Global Child Health Training Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She serves in leadership roles with the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on International Child Health, the American Board of Pediatrics Global Health Task Force, the Association of Pediatric Program Directors Global Health Educators Group, and the Midwest Consortium of Global Child Health Educators to develop and promote best practices in global health education. She is the principal investigator for a multi-institutional research collaboration, Project PRIME (Psychosocial Response to International Medical Electives), a longitudinal survey-based study to measure the process of psychosocial adaptation to short-term electives for medical trainees in an effort to improve pre-departure preparation and on-site support.

Chelsea Schaack is the Coordinator for the Pediatric Global Health Track. She supports the Pediatric Hospitalist team as a Medical Program Assistant-Senior and coordinates the logistics for the global health track. Chelsea is a member of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors Coordinators’ Section. In order to help promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, she has chosen to champion the sustainable developmental goal of quality education; she looks forward to collaborating with multiple organizations to reach this common goal. In her free time, she enjoys participating in the Dogs On Call Read with Me program and volunteering with her beagle through the Pet Pals program at the American Family Children’s Hospital.
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.
Greg DeMuri, MD
Greg 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 A. 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.
Ryan M. McAdams, MD
Ryan McAdams, MD
Dr. McAdams is a neonatologist who loves caring for newborn babies. He believes every child everywhere is valuable and deserves the best opportunities to thrive. Dr. McAdams is currently the Division Chief and Fellowship Director of Neonatology and at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He has worked in Mongolia, Cambodia, Zambia, and Uganda doing volunteer medical work and promoting educational development. He is interested in developing global collaborative relationships focused on education to improve newborn outcomes.
Olachi J. Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD
Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD
Dr. Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi is a neonatologist and vision scientist in the UW Department of Pediatrics. She is also a member of the UW Global Health Institute, and is actively involved in international global health activities. Dr. Mezu-Ndubuisi leads an annual medical outreach to a rural community in Imo State, South-East Nigeria that provides medical and surgical services, training of local health care professionals, and education on preventive health and local sustainable solutions in their resource-limited community through needs assessment research.
Tigist Bacha David Gaus MD, MPH&TM Meretu Temesgen Muluwork Tefera
Tigist Bacha Addis Ababa University David Gaus MD, MPH&TM Andean Health & Development Meretu Temesgen Addis Ababa University Muluwork Tefera Addis Ababa University
Lisa Umphrey, MD
Lisa Umphrey, MD ATLAS (Associação de Trabalho Liberal de Assistnêcia a Saúde) Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders)
Rachel Cooper
Rachel Cooper, MD
Chris Cardonna Correa
Chris Cardonna Correa, MD
Lindsey Cox
Lindsey Cox, MD
Allie Erdmann
Allie Erdmann, MD
Jennie Godwin
Jennie Godwin, MD
Rachel Harris
Rachel Harris, MD
Rachel Heinze
Rachel Heinze, MD
Whitney Horsley
Whitney Horsley, MD
Emma Hou-Xang
Emma Hou-Xang, MD
Kristen Marten, MD
Kristen Marten, MD
Ellen McCormack
Ellen McCormack, MD
Katherine Omerrick
Katherine Omerrick, MD
Kevin Pettit
Kevin Pettit, MD
Anisha Rimal
Anisha Rimal, MD
Natalie Tedford
Natalie Tedford, MD
Brandon Tomlin
Brandon Tomlin, MD

 

Faculty Expertise and Research

Below is a sampling of academic work by Pediatric Global Health Track faculty leaders on the role of global health in pediatric residency education. Residents have the opportunity to participate in scholarly projects with a global health focus through the track. Recent research and relevant publications can be found on the Division of Global Pediatrics webpage.

Curricula

Global Health in Pediatric Education: An Implementation Guide for Program Directors is a publication of the American Board of Pediatrics Global Health Task Force (2018). It is a comprehensive, practical resource for incorporating global health education into pediatric training programs. Dr. St Clair led the development of the guide in collaboration with Dr. Butteris and many colleagues across the international global health educator community.

SUGAR (Simulation Use for Global Away Rotations): is a suite of free educational products used to prepare medical providers to work in resource-limited settings. It was co-created by Dr. Butteris and colleague Dr. Mike Pitt from the University of Minnesota and piloted by the Midwest Consortium of Global Child Health Educators. Facilitators have been trained at over 100 institutions across the world. SUGARPREP consists of the SUGAR Trio, a comprehensive set of curricular resources for use by global health educators. The Trio is comprised of:

Applying for the Global Health Track

Following Match Day, all incoming residents will have the opportunity to apply for the Global Health Track.  Selected residents will begin participating in the track during their intern year.
 
For questions about the Global Health Track, please email the Global Health Chief at chiefresidents@pediatrics.wisc.edu.