The Center for Global Health within the Weill Department of Medicine is part of the NIH Global Health Network and supports major international programs in Haiti, Brazil and Tanzania. These long-standing international partnerships provide a wide-range of research and clinical activities for internal medicine residents. Residents return feeling transformed by the experience of working in these resource-poor systems.
Second and third-year residents have the opportunity to participate in any of the three structured international health rotations under the supervision and direction of Weill Cornell Medicine faculty members.
- Bugando Medical Center and Weill-Bugando University College of Health Sciences (WBUCHS) in Mwanza, Tanzania, a large regional teaching hospital in East Africa, which serves as a tertiary care hospital for approximately 13 million people.
- Le Group Hatien D'Etude du Sarcoma de Kaposi et des Infections Opportunistes (GHESKIO), in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, an HIV and TB research and clinical care site.
- Federal University of Bahia's School of Medicine in Bahia, Brazil, a medical research laboratory working on tropical diseases and public health efforts.
The program supports other international medical rotations, if residents wish to pursue experiences in other locations, and has a Global Health Interest Group with focused topic discussions and two social events annually.
For those interested in advanced training in global health, the department offers a three-year global health research fellowship. The Weill Cornell Global Health Research Fellowship is designed to train generalist clinician-scientists for academic careers in global health research. This innovative fellowship is tailored to provide clinical time working as a hospitalist, as well as dedicated time for field work and research training. Intensive mentorship is a key component of the program under the direction of Drs. Daniel Fitzgerald and Margaret (Molly) McNairy. Additional details are available here.
In addition to global health opportunities, the Weill Department of Medicine has partnered with the medical community near Cornell University's main campus in Ithaca, New York, to provide residents with an opportunity to learn rural medicine and true community practice. The Cayuga Medical Center in upstate New York is a high-quality medical center with strong ties to the community, including the migrant farm workers in the surrounding area. Gannett Health Service, the student health practice on Cornell's main campus, offers electives in adolescent medicine, women's health and behavioral medicine. Cayuga Medical Center is the primary hospital in the area, and residents are welcome to rotate within the division of hospital medicine, infectious disease and other medial subspecialties as interested. The clinician-educators at Cayuga are wonderful teachers and role models, all with Weill Cornell Medicine clinical faculty appointments. Residents rave about their experiences there. As an additional courtesy, housing is provided.