Internal Medicine

Global Health Internal Medicine Residency

Applications are accepted each fall from internal candidates only for the Global Health Internal Medicine Residency. (See application process for details.)

Global Health Residents from the Duke Department of Internal Medicine extend the duration of their residency training by 12 months to gain specific global health core competencies. This extended residency includes nine months of course work which will lead to a Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) and a total of nine months providing clinical care and conducting research at a Duke University international partner site.

While attending master's classes, the Global Health Internal Medicine Resident will continue to engage in weekly continuity clinics in order to meet requirements for board certification in Internal Medicine. Following the master's level course work, residents will complete their Global Health master's thesis and practicum while engaging in mentored clinical and research activities at their global health training site. Internal Medicine Residents who have successfully completed PGY1 are eligible to apply, with the approval of their Program Director. In addition to a biweekly journal club, there will be ample opportunity to access special events and lectures throughout the training program.

Resident Profiles

Download the Global Health/Internal Medicine Pathway Track Schedule. Track schedules are tailored to the specific requirements and goals of each trainee.

Global Health Competencies for Medicine

Health Disparities

  • Goals: Develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for culturally competent care.
  • Objectives: Trainees will be asked to keep a log of instructive patient cases in which social determinants (e.g. education, access to clean water, food, security, housing, early life experiences, social trauma, and gender) have played a major role in the health of a given patient. In the final month of the program, Trainees will undergo an oral examination in which five or more of these cases are discussed.

Tropical Medicine

  • Goals: Describe the major pathological processes, their biological alterations, and how they affect specific organ systems.
  • Objectives: Trainees will receive a number of didactic sessions taught by Duke faculty on leading infectious and non-infectious chronic diseases which cause significant morbidity and mortality in resource-poor settings. Competency in these areas will be assessed by case-study based oral examinations administered in the final month of the program.

Public Health

  • Goals: Develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to practice basic principles of prevention.
  • Objectives: Trainees will receive intensive didactic training in public health through the MSc-GH program. Topics of importance include research methods, program implementation and evaluation, health policy, family planning and population programs, environmental health, and community healthcare.

For more information about the Global Health opportunities in the Department of Medicine,  visit the Internal Medicine Residency website.