Global Health Track

Our Mission

The Global Health Track aims to educate Georgetown 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 level.

Our Purpose

The Georgetown Global Health Track has a unique advantage by being located in our nation’s capital.  Washington, D.C. is a district with areas 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 the hospital and continuity clinics.

In addition to these unique experiences which come standard with Georgetown residency education, track participants will gain training in syndemics, 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:

  1. Longitudinal curriculum, led by experts from the Washington, DC area
  2. Georgetown elective opportunities (optional)
           Ultrasound and Tropical Medicine “boot camp” two-week elective
           Health Policy elective
           Travelers clinic
  3. (2) one-month away electives, either domestic or international.  Current Georgetown DOM partnerships include:
          Indian Health Service in Zuni, NM
          Parirenyatwa Hospital, Harare, Zimbabwe (University of Zimbabwe)
          King Chulalongkorn University Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
          Instituto Colombiano de Medicina Tropical, Medellin and Apartado, Colombia (Corporación para estudios en la salud)
  4. Scholarly project


The GHT is open to internal medicine (PGY 2-3, apply when PGY 1), medicine-pediatrics (PGY 3-4, apply when PGY 2), and psychiatry residents (PGY 3-4, apply when PGY 2), as well as infectious disease fellows.  Applications are due on January 1 the academic year prior to participation. Applicants will have a basic interview and acceptances will be announced by February 1.  Please find the link to our application here


Read about resident experiences from all around the world in our official Global Health Track blog.

Contact Information

GHT Director:

Kacie J. Saulters, MD

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 Chief Resident:

Leah Ratner, MS, MD

Leah became interested in social justice while living in Northeast Brazil during her undergrad years at GW.  Her experiences and passion for a career in health justice took her to Ghana after GW followed by a Masters in Sustainable International Development/Health Policy at Brandeis University. She went to medical school at St. George’s University where she participated in the KBT Global Scholars program and had the unique opportunity to go to medical school in three different countries.  Her clinical and development experience is primarily in Central America and West Africa and her research focus is Pediatric to Adult transitions in resource poor settings.  She is honored to be this year’s GHT Chief and excited to be working with Dr. Saulters and Daniel!

Administrative Contact:

Daniel A. Zimmet