Global Health

The goal of the Global Health Scholarly Concentration is to equip residents with the knowledge and skills to become physician-leaders in global health. Participation in this track will allow residents to understand the general principles related to the health of children in developing countries and how these principles apply to underserved populations in the United States.

Residents in this scholarly concentration will choose an international site they wish to work at for their call free elective months. These rotations take place during residents’ second and third years (6 weeks PGY2, 6 weeks PGY3).

The pediatric global health program at Stanford is intended for physicians interested in incorporating international work into their careers long term.  This track is designed for residents that wish to work in low-resource environments, have a sustaining impact at their international site, and help close some of the health disparities seen in global health.  It allows residents the opportunity to identify an overseas site in which they will invest their time and efforts during residency.

Residents work clinically at their chosen site, better understand the many issues impacting global health today, and pursue a scholarly project. The project can range from clinical / basic science research to education or be a service oriented project. The program has identified partnering sites with long standing relationships  but residents may choose to work at a site they are invested in provided there is strong mentorship.  For more information on the international sites and the Stanford/Packard Global Child Health Program click here. For more information about our mentors see the tabs below.

The Global Health scholarly concentration curriculum is based on the competency-based goals and objectives have been developed by the AAP Section on International Child Health working group on Pediatric Resident Education as well as the competency-based curriculum developed by the University of Minnesota.  

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Clea Sarnquist, DrPH, MPH

Dr. Sarnquist has been researching prevention interventions for over 15 years. Her major area of interest is the implementation and evaluation of interventions to prevent gender-based violence and HIV. She currently has projects in Kenya and DRC, and has worked in the U.S. as well as Zimbabwe, Peru, Mexico, and Albania. Dr. Sarnquist co-directs the GH scholarly concentration and Mary Duke Biddle Scholars Program and also teaches an undergraduate course entitled “Global Child Health”.

Desiree LaBeaud, MD

Since the early 2000s, Dr. Labeaud has devoted her efforts to better understanding the risk factors and long-term health consequences of arboviral infections, including Rift Valley fever, chikungunya, and dengue viruses.  She co-directs the Peds Residency Global Health Scholarly Concentration and directs the Mary Duke Biddle Scholars Program. She has two large field projects ongoing in Kenya.  More She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and masters degree in Clinical Research from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Labeaud completed her pediatric residency and pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.


Global Health Mentors

Faculty interested in being a Global Health mentor are encouraged to contact Saraswati Kache, MD, scholarly concentration director.