Tropical Medicine Program - PIH Health

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Tropical Medicine Track

One of the most unique aspects of our program: this track aims to provide residents with expertise and education in tropical medicine diseases.  The longitudinal curriculum is based on that of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, along with practical lectures for work abroad. The track consists of two residents from each year and meet every other week during protected teaching time to go over classic tropical infectious disease diagnosis, management, and complications with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Meetings consist of faculty-directed lectures as well as discussion of recent journal articles, literature, and hands-on workshops (e.g. microscopy for malaria diagnosis).

During a resident’s second and third year, they spend 1 month on-site in a sub-Saharan African country working with the local providers to provide patient care. Residents consistently rate these experiences as some of their most impactful of their training and upon return give a presentation to the residency on cases they encountered abroad. Prior sites include Cameroon, Malawi, Zambia, and Liberia.  The current site is in Sierra Leone, in West Africa.

Applicants to this program should indicate their interest in the ERAS application and use the specified NRMP code.