Global Health Track

Our Mission

The Global Health Track aims to educate Medstar residents in the complex components of global health and how they apply to all patient populations, globally and locally. Residents graduating from the track will be well-equipped to be effective practitioners with diverse populations both at home and abroad, and understand how to effect sustainable change at the individual and global levels.

Our Purpose

The Medstar Global Health Track has a unique advantage of being located in our nation’s capital region. Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD are cities of disproportionate need contrasted with other areas of wealth. Our residents thus have an opportunity to see firsthand the social determinants of health in their daily practice in their daily assignments in local hospitals and continuity clinics.

In addition to these unique experiences which come standard with Medstar residency education, track participants will gain training in cross-cultural medical care, global health ethics, law, policy, and tropical disease, among other topics. 

The ultimate purpose of our track is to develop physicians who are astute clinicians, culturally competent, compassionate, and able to advocate for all patients domestic or abroad.

Track Components

The GHT has four components over two years of residency

  • Longitudinal curriculum led by local and international experts from fields related to health equity in the US and abroad
  • Global Health Boot Camp Elective: 2-week intensive course focused on practical skills for low-resource environments including point-of-care ultrasound, emergency response, maternal/fetal health, and infectious disease lab skills
  • Two (2) one-month away electives, either domestic or international. Current Georgetown DOM partnerships include:
    – Indian Health Service in Zuni, NM
    – King Chulalongkorn University Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
    – Instituto Colombiano de Medicina Tropical, Medellin
    – Apartado, Colombia (Corporación para estudios en la salud)
    – University of Namibia in Windhoek, Namibia
  • Scholarly capstone project

Participants

The GHT currently has residents in internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics, psychiatry, neurology, family medicine, emergency medicine, dermatology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as infectious disease fellows. Residents participate in the track during their final two years of residency. Residents are selected based on application and interview process in the year prior to entering the track.

Contact Information

GHT Director:

Dr. Saulters is originally from Alabama and attended medical school at the University of South Alabama. She completed residency at the University of Virginia and graduated from their Global Health Leadership Track. Fortunately her husband’s career brought them to DC and she is thrilled to work among great colleagues as a hospitalist at Georgetown. She has worked clinically in Peru, Tanzania, India, and Uganda. Her research interests are treatment of sepsis in resource limited settings and global health education.


GHT Co-Director:

Elizabeth B. Selden, MD

elizabeth.b.selden@gunet.georgetown.edu

Dr. Selden worked as a teacher and a social worker before pursuing her medical degree. She spent time working in Jamaica while pursuing her social work degree and in Botswana and Haiti during medical school. She completed her residency in internal medicine at New York University and worked at Bellevue Hospital in New York City before coming to Georgetown. While at Bellevue she served as the primary care director for Bellevue’s Survivors of Torture Clinic, which provides medical care, legal help and social services to those seeking asylum in the U.S. She now volunteers with Physicians for Human Rights conducting asylum evaluations. She has a strong interest in issues surrounding health equity both locally and globally. She is very excited to be part of the Georgetown’s Global Health Track!


GHT Chief Resident:

Lacey Williams, MD


Lacey.S.Williams@Medstar.net


Administrative Contact:
Amber Weller
Amber.R.Weller@gunet.georgetown.edu
202-444-0366


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