The Resident Initiative in Global Health at Tulane (RIGHT) program provides skills and training to residents interested in a career path in global health. By offering opportunities for residents to expand their medical knowledge and experience internationally, the program aims to add to the community of ethically-guided advocates for evidence-based holistic approaches to equitable care, locally and abroad. More information can be found at http://medicine.tulane.edu/right. One of our recent graduating chief residents, Dr. Alison Smith, completed the RIGHT program during her residency and was subsequently the recipient of the 2019 American College of Surgeons’ Resident Volunteerism Award.
The UJMT Consortium for the Fogarty Global Health Fellowship is a consortium including Tulane School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Johns Hopkins University and Morehouse School of Medicine, and affiliated international sites. The program goal is to create a pool of researchers with expertise and experience to address pressing global health issues and support local capacity building at collaborative international sites in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Residents who are awarded the fellowship position are supported for a 1-week orientation on the NIH campus in July followed by a 12-month attachment to an approved site with a research-focused program and strong emphasis on mentorship. The curriculum includes an individual development plan with regular mentor and program review, professional development webinars, a core skills checklist, scientific writing exercises and small group review, and global research ethics and cultural competencies. Research mentors are available across a wide variety of surgical specialties and topics, including surgical oncology, trauma, plastic surgery, women’s health, and others. More information can be found at: http://globalhealth.unc.edu/education/ujmt-fogarty-global-health-fellows.... For residents who don’t have the time to invest a dedicated lengthy international experience during a professional development year, there are opportunities to travel for global outreach and volunteerism. We have several faculty who devote a few weeks per year of their spare time to international surgical volunteerism and education and many residents choose to travel with them for these opportunities.