Global Health Scholars

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Whether you’re caring for underserved patients in developing countires or helping patients here in Buffalo, as a global health scholar, you’ll refine your core primary care skills and enhance your cultural competency.

Train in Multiple Countries — Fully Funded

Unlike international health tracks in some family medicine residency programs, our global health scholars track is fully funded and doesn’t restrict you to one location.

In your first year, you will have protected time and funding to attend a national global health conference.

During your second year, you’ll spend two weeks at a location of your choosing, with the opportunity to travel with UB medical students and faculty.

In your third year, you will spend four weeks at a location of your choosing, again with the opportunity to travel with UB medical students, faculty and your fellow global health track residents.

Fulfill Residency Requirements

As you care for patients in developing nations, you’ll enhance your primary care skills by working without the benefit of sophisticated technology and specialist networks.

At the same time, you’ll stay on target to meet your residency requirements: Your time abroad during your PGY-2 and PGY-3 years counts toward your electives.

Care for Refugees

Each year, some 1,800 refugees arrive in our city, home to the largest refugee shelter in the United States.

As a global health scholar, you’ll have ample opportunity to care for this underserved population.

In addition to caring for refugees during two rotations — obstetrics/pediatrics and underserved and refugee care — you’ll deepen your understanding of this diverse patient base by spending at least four half days per year at Jericho Road Community Health Center, the medical home for a significant portion of this region’s refugees.

Because these clinics take place during the evening, they won’t interfere with your rotations.

Round Out Experience with Seminars, Research

At our global health seminars, which all residents attend, you’ll meet with your peers once a month to discuss international health topics.

Like all UB family medicine residents, you’ll be required to complete and present research or other scholarly project. As a global health scholar, your project will focus on international health. This may involve a public health initiative that benefits the patients you care for during your overseas experiences.

How to Apply

You will apply to the global health scholars program in the September of your PGY-1 year.

We accept three global health scholars annually.

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