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Global Health Track in Neurology:


The UMMS Neurology Residency Global Health Track is a part of a larger Global Neurology Initiative which aims to increase the exposure of neurologists to global health experiences through education and collaboration with global sites on clinical care, educational and clinical research projects.

In the Global Health Track, interested neurology residents would attend core global health modules (didactic/case discussion) and video-conferenced sessions with global sites, complete online modules and travel to an elective site as part of a global health elective, culminating in a research project presentation under the guidance of a global health mentor.  Currently, we are collaborating with neurologists at Charutar Arogya Mandal (CAM) Medical Center in Gujarat, India and have frequent video-conferenced case discussions and didactic sessions involving trainees and faculty from both CAM and UMMS.

There are additional opportunities to meet and travel with UMMS faculty from various disciplines including Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Palliative Care, and Surgery who have established global health programs. This global health experience promises to be both enriching and rewarding for those interested in participating. 

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the principles of global health such as the global burden of disease and the epidemiology of common neurological disorders such as stroke, epilepsy, dementia, and headache

2. Demonstrate awareness of social, cultural, economic, religious and political influences on healthcare and perceptions of health and well-being

3. Use an evidence-based clinical approach in caring for patients in resource-limited settings utilizing locally available resources

4. Demonstrate cultural competency in developing plans of care and effectively communicate with a diverse patient population

5. Demonstrate an understanding of how to develop and implement an intervention in a resource-limited setting and its limitations

Educational requirements:

Educational requirements in the PGY-2 year include identifying a mentor, attending video-conferenced case discussions held during morning report, and review of at least one global health module. In PGY-3 year, trainees will be expected to attend global health modules and video-conferenced discussions, develop or review a module and travel to their identified global elective site. In PGY-4 year, trainees will further develop their scholarly activity, travel to the global elective site, and present their scholarly work.

Scholarly activity in Global Health:

Each participant must complete a project related to global health and neurology by the end of residency. The project may be in the form of an educational, quality improvement, clinical, or translational research project, a case report/series, or review paper. It should involve mentors from both UMMS and a local community or global site. There will be a required project presentation at the end of the curriculum.

Global health elective:

The global health elective will allow trainees to develop and implement clinical research projects, educational programs, or quality improvement projects with mentors and patients at the global site. The UMMS Department of Neurology has established collaboration with Charutar Arogya Mandal (CAM) Medical Center in Gujarat, India which will be one of the preferred sites for travel. Additionally, there are opportunities to travel to Nicaragua, Haiti, Kenya, Liberia, and Bolivia where UMMS has ongoing collaborative efforts. Other sites which are not listed can be taken into consideration as well.


 Faculty Advisor

Global Health Resident Liaison



Anindita  Deb, MD

Director,  Global Neurology Initiative

Navid Valizadeh, MBBCh BAO, MSc, MRCPI

Elective Coordinator

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