Community & Global Health Engagement | Loyola Medicine

Community and Global Health Engagement

The GME certificate in “Community and Global Health” is an opportunity for residents to become active global citizens. Loyola University Medical Center, based on our tradition of Ignatian Service, will offer ample opportunities during training to serve on local projects in coordination with the hospital, Catholic Charities, and the Stritch School of Medicine. These opportunities will help link students, residents and faculty as they work in unison to serve our communities.  The final year of the curriculum will also allow the opportunity for residents to apply their knowledge and skills during a global away rotation. This curriculum will offer diverse learning opportunities in both traditional and non-traditional settings with the goal of developing and transforming physicians with knowledge, skills and formation focused on social medicine; looking at all aspects influencing health, wellness and treatment outcomes.  

Program Objectives

  • Foster and support trainees experience in social medicine and how it impacts the local and global community
  • Provide education and background to trainees in both local and global healthcare issues
  • Prepare residents as global citizens to identify and respond to the social determinants of health and disease
  • Develop relationships within and across disciplines and the various institutions at Loyola
  • Develop service and community minded physicians to continue a career of solidarity with the local and global community.

Curriculum Format

Year One

  • Completion of 8 activities from the following:
    • On-line modules (2 are mandatory)
    • Dinner lectures
      • Session will be Non-traditional Jeffersonian type of dinner conversations with faculty moderator and topic expert. Each session will have limited space.
    • Global Health Grand Rounds
    • Selected bioethics Grand Rounds
    • Global Health lectures and Journal Clubs
    • Meet with faculty mentor 2x/year
    • Completion of 15 service hours 

Year Two

  • Completion of 8 activities from the following:
    • On-line modules (2 are mandatory)
    • Dinner lectures
    • Global Health Grand Rounds
    • Selected bioethics Grand Rounds
    • SIM CASES (SUGAR=simulation use for global away rotations)
  • Meet with faculty mentor 2x/year
  • Completion of 15 service hours

Year Three

  • Completion of at least one SUGAR session (Simulation use for Global Away Rotations)
  • Completion of global health pre-site checklist with their physician mentor
  • Review global site with mentor and meet 3x/year
  • Present at Global Health Grand Rounds or Lecture
  • Must go to travel clinic for pre-site consultation, vaccinations and medications
  • Complete site evaluation and reflection paper
  • Attend end of year Group Discussion (end of year debriefing/reflection on your 2-week rotation)

Community and Global Health Research

Although not formally part of the curriculum nor a requirement for the certificate, research is strongly encouraged. The participants will be working in a multi-disciplinary environment and will have the ability to partner with SSOM medical students, Loyola HSD Public health students and faculty and Niehoff School of Nursing students. There will be possibilities to do clinical research locally and abroad by partnering with other learners such as the SSOM Global health fellows. 

Course Requirements

  • Apply on the GME website with letter of intent and data sheet submitted and then attend a brief 15-minute interview with faculty. Once all information is submitted and interview completed all interested residents will be informed of their status by September 30.
  • Completion of a total of 8 activities: on-line modules or GME approved organized live activities on community and global health topics annually (16 total over 2 years-non cumulative), leveraging resources available through SSOM’s Center for Community and Global Health.  Completion will be documented through submission of the PDF file or screen shot of the verification of completion of the module and turned into GME.
  • Completion of 15 hours of volunteering in the local community annually (30 hours total over 2 years), including programs coordinated through the Community Benefit office. You can only earn a maximum of 10 hours per event.  Hours are not cumulative year- to- year.
  • Completion of a reflection paper on your experiences working in the community annually as well as a final program evaluation
  • Completion of brief evaluations for ALL live sessions attended (dinner/lectures/simulation, etc)
  • Participation in a group discussion/debriefing session outlining the experience in community and global health at the end of Year Three
  • The resident will be required to attain Program Director approval that they are in good standing to be eligible for the certificate program and gain approval prior to an away rotation experience, ensuring the away rotation goals align with their educational objectives. The away rotation is required to be scheduled during an elective rotation.
  • International experiences and locations will need to be approved based on experience, safety, and appropriateness of supervision. The GME has final approval in coordination with program directors and physician mentors for the global away rotation.
  • All residents traveling internationally are required to complete a pre-travel medical assessment through the Travel Clinic or with a personal physician for proper immunizations and prophylaxis. Refer to the CDC Yellow Book and Loyola Outpatient Travel Clinic, 708-216-8757, for guidance and requirements
  • All residents leaving the country must provide proof of traveler’s insurance.
  • All residents will serve as colleagues and mentors to all other learners involved in the local and global health activities
  • All residents will be familiar with the Loyola GME code of conduct and sign that they agree to comply with this policy.

Online Modules

All on-line modules are educational opportunities to cover material that is pertinent to the Community and Global Health program with the underlying motivation to cover the important core material, and at the same time accommodate the busy schedule of residents; as all trainees have differing schedules and this impedes scheduling formal lectures.