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 Global Health Track (GHT) has four components over two years of residency:

  1. Longitudinal curriculum led by local and international experts from fields related to health equity in the US and abroad 

  2. Two (2) one-month away electives, either domestic or international (international travel currently on hold). 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

  3. Scholarly capstone project


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 Us 

Elizabeth B. Selden, MD
Global Health Director

Angel Nkwonta, MHA
Administrative Contact