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January 2016

Pediatric Global Health EducationPast, Present, and Future

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Global Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(1):78-84. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.2368

Recent outbreaks of diseases erroneously thought by many to be contained by borders or eliminated by vaccines have highlighted the need for proper training of all residents in global health. Beyond infectious diseases, all pediatricians should know how to care for other conditions in global child health, ranging from malnutrition to the nuances of care for immigrant and refugee children. The call for broader education for pediatric residents in global health has been increasing over the last decade, with all major pediatric organizations underscoring its importance in statement and action. Herein, the current status of global child health education in pediatric residency training in the United States is summarized, highlighting where it has been, where it is now, and where it should go next.