Global Health Track

Mission Statement
Our mission is to train residents in the delivery of comprehensive, cost-effective, and sustainable medicine in underserved areas domestically and abroad. We believe that all people have a right to equitable, culturally sensitive healthcare, and we will continue to advocate for the social justice of our patients worldwide.



Predominantly completed during the 2nd and 3rd years of residency, the track offers opportunities to develop expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of common tropical conditions and diseases, and to expand clinical knowledge and management skills in preparation for work in areas of limited resources.

Our residency program is designed to train physicians to practice in any part of the country and to provide the basis for work abroad, even in the most challenging medical sites. Our residency program’s core curriculum includes multiple rural rotations in a wide array of culturally diverse settings.  These communities often lack access to other specialties or major medical centers. Because of this, residents completing the global health track have multiple opportunities to develop and acquire the medical and communication skills needed for work abroad while working in remote areas of Arizona.



  • To develop clinical leaders in global health that are dedicated to reducing health disparities in medically underserved communities both in the U.S. and internationally
  • To gain a framework for improving health of individuals and communities in resource limited areas
  • To learn about tropical diseases found both in the U.S. and abroad
  • To learn about and experience different cultures and increase cultural awareness
  • To improve basic clinical and diagnostic skills to better function in resource limited areas
  • To experience different health care systems
  • To create more awareness about public health in rural areas in the U.S. and abroad



1st year      
  • Decide to apply to track in January of Intern year.
    - Please note that any resident, not only those participating in the Global Health Track, may do away or international electives as long as the electives meet ACGME requirements and are approved by the residency program in advance.
  • Attend monthly global health meetings that are organized by 2nd and 3rd years in our track and are open to all global health residents from Emergency Department, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine.
2nd year       
  • Take Global Health Course 
    -Taught and organized by Dr. Ronald Pust for the last thirty-two years
    -Attended by residents, physicians, nurses, public health students, and medical students from North America
    -Subjects covered include: public health, tropical disease, parasitology, HIV, TB, chronic diseases in international setting, women’s’ health, child health, epidemiology, and numerous other relevant topics.
  • Meet with our global health mentors monthly to discuss the track and plan teaching days and journal clubs.
    -Our mentors include Dr. Ronald Pust, Tracy Carroll, PT, Dr. Jerome Koleski, and Dr. Sommer Aldulaimi
  • Attend monthly Journal Clubs pertaining to international health topics and organize a portion of them
  • Organize quarterly Teaching Day Lecture Series with a global mentor
    -These are resident-led didactic sessions dedicated to international health topics such as tropical medicine during regular resident teaching day.
    -Global health is a thread that is woven into the program’s regular didactics
  • Border Health: Quarterly opportunities to participate in trips to the U.S.-Mexico border through organizations such as Borderlinks, Flying Samaritans, Manos de Ayudas, and others.
  • Participation in at least one Hansen’s (Leprosy) Clinic at the Phoenix Health Department with Dr. Ronald Pust and Tracy Carroll, who are leading experts in Leprosy.
  • Attendance to a global health workshop or conference during either 2nd or 3rd year
  • Must compelte an online global health ethics course prior to travel abroad
3rd year
  • A minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 weeks of international clinical experience
    -Residents are free to choose the location, as long as ACGME requirements are fulfilled, but are strongly encouraged to use sites well-known to our university’s global health leaders. Faculty will help establish contacts and develop the plan and goals for the rotation.  There must be some inpatient component.
  • QI/Research Project on a global health topic or when away on global health rotation
    -Additional projects of interest may be completed on a global/international health topic.
-Must present a poster at the Annual GME Scholarly Day at South Campus to complete the track.
  • Continued attendance at monthly meetings and journal clubs
  • Mentoring 1st years interested in global health and 2nd years currently enrolled in the track
  • Participation in the global health track as mentors for medical students
  • Additional border health trips

Where in the World have our Residents gone?

  • Mexico-Nogales, Sonoyta, Hermosillo, Chiapas, and others
  • Ecuador-Riobamba and Cuenca
  • Nepal
  • Northern India
  • Argentina
  • Namibia
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Caribbean Islands
  • Dominican Republic
  • Cameroon
  • Canad
  • Tanzania
  • Ghana
  • Marshall Islands