Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine, Department of Medicine

International Health

Many medical concerns transcend the limits of our own society, so it is important to respond to the global challenge to extend the benefits of modern medicine. Case School of Medicine and University Hospitals have a long and outstanding tradition in international health in research, education and clinical practice. Interest in overseas medical experiences has been increasing.  Many of our residents have taken advantage of our collaborations to spend time in healthcare facilities in a variety of locations across the globe.  Some work these experiences into the categorical track while others join our International Health Track (IHT).

International Health Residency Track (IHT) ::

The IHT has 1-2 slots each year.  Admittance into this track allows the candidate to be eligible for a certificate in International Health from the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). Candidates typically have a 4-6 week overseas experience in their third year and have the opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, or Biostatistics.

Clinical Training in the IHT is very similar to the categorical track.  There are the same number of ward, ICU, and ambulatory months.  Although total elective time is comparable, it is anticipated that persons in the IHT will use some of their electives for their international experience.

Resources ::

Resources exist within and outside of the Department of Medicine for International Health training.

Within the Department, the Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine has several projects, primarily based in Uganda.  Research efforts include HIV and tuberculosis, and range from bench science to translational projects to clinical trials and epidemiological studies.  Projects are done under the auspices of The Case Center for AIDS Research and the Tuberculosis Research Unit.  Collaborations in India are under development.

Another important resource in the School of Medicine is the Center for Global Health and Diseases (CGHD).  Areas of research in the CGHD include malaria, filariasis, schistosomiasis, and other tropical diseases.  Collaborations exist in Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Cote D’Ivoire and Brazil. The Center is also the current home for the editorial offices of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (AJTMH).

Certification in Tropical Medicine ::

The Division of Infectious Diseases at University Hospitals/Case Medical Center provides a didactic series in International Health that is accredited by the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.  Lectures are held Mondays at noon during the academic year, and are organized by the Chief ID Fellow.

  • Participation in International Health didactic curriculum
  • Passing the ASTMH exam
  • Participation in a 4-8 week international elective