Program Overview


The structure of the program will be determined by the resident in discussion with the Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor or another professional mentor.

The resident may choose to weight their experience towards a specific "stream" of GH. The following are a few possible streams:

a)         Humanitarian interventions
b)         Poverty and inner city health issues
c)         Health policy/public health perhaps linked to a MPH or other Masters program
d)         Environmental health
e)         Tropical and travel medicine
f)          Immigrant and refugee health 

It is also conceivable that a resident could include elements of the GH program within another Enhanced Skills program such as Women's Health, Rural Skills, Aboriginal Health or Developmental Disabilities. 

Basic GH Structure: 

The ES-GH resident will participate in a core set of rotations that could include:

1.         1 block introductory Global Health course or equivalent foundational experience. 

2.         2 blocks working with underserved, immigrant or remote populations in Canada: e.g. inner city, immigrant services, prison medicine; homeless.

3.         1 block Tropical medicine, infectious diseases (for example at U of T, Ottawa, McGill) if planning a related international experience

4.         1 block Public Health agency experience: to be arranged in cooperation with Queen's Public Health and Preventive Medicine residency Program Director

5.         4-6 blocks field practicum within Canada or internationally. This would be designed individually with each resident to insure safety, relevance and appropriate supervision.

6.         Structured reading on Global Health issues during year.  

Elective Experiences - Streams**

(The following are examples only) 

McGill Humanitarian Studies Initiative for Residents (at McGill) One year, part-time. Includes series of seminars and tutorials, field work with Disaster and Humanitarian Response Program. This could be incorporated into a basic GH year because of the part-time structure. 

Harvard Refugee Trauma Masters Certificate Course (November-May): 2-week course in Italy, followed by on-line modular course work in management of psychological trauma in displaced/refugee populations.  

Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene: London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. A 3-month diploma course, also offered by other universities.  

** Please note that there would be extra costs for participation in these courses and diplomas.

Financial support from the Department of Family Medicine at Queen's is limited to $800/year.