Hear From Our Residents
A robust global health curriculum is one of the big reasons I pursued residency at UW and it has surpassed my expectations.
Our monthly meetings with engaging presenters and topics are something I look forward to. Likewise, the fundamentals course is extremely well organized and filled with exceptional speakers, challenging discussions and simulations to prepare us for the realities of global health work. It’s nice to know that this experience is valued by residency leadership by making it protected time for all the residents involved. Being in the global health track is important to me because it not only provides the frame work to participate in effective clinical work around the world, but to also better understand the lived experience of the varied patient population in the US.
Paige Condit, MD (PGY-2)
We have access to different specialties in numerous countries . . . I was able to travel to Mbale, Uganda to work in the Neonatal ICU at their regional referral hospital and teach classes on Helping Babies Breathe at the local medical school.
I chose to come to UW Madison not only because they have such a robust global health program, but also extensive connections through the Global Health Institute which allowed me to work in my areas of interest. Rather than being limited to a single clinic that our program works with, we have access to different specialties in numerous countries. For myself, I was able to travel to Mbale, Uganda to work in the Neonatal ICU at their regional referral hospital and teach classes on Helping Babies Breathe at the local medical school. Now, as Global Health Chief resident, I am able to plan lectures for residents based specifically on their interests along with our rotating 3-year curriculum. This means if you have a global health passion that doesn’t fit well in a typical global health mold, UW Madison has the resources and connections to fit the track to your needs.
Brandon Tomlin, MD (Chief Resident)
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 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, MD (PGY-3, Global Health Track Participant)
Sabrina Butteris, MD
Laura Houser, MD
Nicole St Clair, 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Dr. Garcia-Prats is a general pediatrician who worked full time for 13 years in Lesotho, Tanzania and South Africa (2006-2019). His interests are pediatric HIV, the management of multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) in children and the pharmacokinetics and safety of anti-tuberculosis drugs in children. He is leading multiple observational studies and phase I and II trials of TB drugs and improved treatment and prevention strategies for TB and MDR-TB in children.|
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.
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:
- SUGAR (Simulation Use for Global Away Rotations) Sim Cases: a simulation-based curriculum that focuses on common challenges, both practical and emotional, faced when working in resource-limited settings.
- PEARLS (Procedural Education for Adaptation to Resource-Limited Settings): a series of downloadable or streaming videos which demonstrate how to modify medical procedures using supplies commonly found in resource-limited settings.
- S-PACK (SUGAR’s Pre-Departure Activities Curricular Kit): a comprehensive pre-departure global health curriculum that is modular and modifiable.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.