Global Health

The University of South Florida Pediatric Residency Program has a growing focus on global child health, offering an increasing number of exciting and diverse global health electives, core curriculum lectures as outlined by the American Board of Pediatrics, and opportunities for research and quality improvement work for those interested in a career in global health. All participating residents will receive detailed educational experiences unique to global health, including pre-departure and post-departure mentorship along with site-specific lectures, goals and objectives. We have a rising number of core faculty dedicated to the growth of the global health program and will begin accepting resident applications to the Global Health Track in 2020. 

Some of the experiences offered to residents interested in global health are outlined below:


Residents visit Panama's premier medical research facility, and with public health officials to learn about the history and current status of the health care system in Panama. Residents spend several days at a rural hospital in a remote location and provide outreach medical care among the indigenous people. In addition, residents travel to Panama City and visit the Hospital del Niño. Thus, the residents gain exposure and education about all levels of the medical system within this developing country. In addition to the medical components of the trip, there are several cultural experiences such as a day trip through the rainforest with the Embera Indians, a guided tour of the old city, a visit to a Panamanian coffee plantation, and the Panama Canal.

panama residents

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Previous program participants say this about their Panama experience…

"All in all, I can sum the trip in one word - amazing! The trip was incredibly well organized; we didn't have to worry about any detail except learning and experiencing the hospitals and culture."

Dominican Republic

domincan republic

Since 1999, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine has provided care for a community in the medically underserved rural region of Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. Every year, a team run by medical students and supported by faculty and other ancillary volunteer staff serve thousands of adult and pediatric patients by providing medical evaluations, medications, dental and fluoride treatments, and even water filtration systems to communities in need.


USF Health International has an exciting bidirectional partnership with CES University in Medellín, Colombia. The city has a population of 2.5 million, and has 8 of the best hospitals in Latin America. Opportunities include a pediatric wards rotation throughout the Hospital General de Medellín. Here, residents can learn about various pediatric pathologies that may affect low-middle income countries such as malnutrition and tropical diseases such as Dengue, Malaria, Zika, etc.
CES offers other rotation opportunities at various sites, that include Pediatric ICU, Neonatal ICU, Infectious Disease and more.


Global Health Fellowship through USF Health

USF Health plans to support governments in building the future generation of a health workforce that is committed to improving the health of resource-deprived communities. Through a year-round global health faculty stationed at a partner site, USF Health will equip the local health workforce with the capacity and skills to deliver high quality, patient-centered care. The fellowship is for two years and is open to all physicians who are US-board certified (BC) or board eligible (BE) and have completed a residency in internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, or obstetrics/gynecology. Our first location to establish this joint research and clinical program will be in Africa. Specifically, we identified the Ugandan Viral Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe, Uganda as the most promising initial research partner and the Entebbe Government Hospital in Entebbe, Uganda as the initial clinical partner. These institutes have a reputation of conducting high-quality basic science research, a strong relationship with their local COMAHS and clinical teaching facilities, and network with the African Academy of Science.

Contact: Dr. Asa Oxner, Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency 


Core Faculty/Staff:

Dr. Shaila Siraj
Director of Global Health Education

Dr. Patricia Emmanuel
Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Diane Straub
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program

Dr. Erika Abel
Program Director, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program

Kelly Paulina
Residency Manager, Pediatric Residency Program