Global Neurology

The Mass General Brigham Residency Program has a sustained commitment to vulnerable populations in the global context. The wealth of elective time, particularly in the PGY3 and PGY4 years of training, allows interested residents to attend conferences and/or pursue experiences at sites far from Boston.

Dr. Michael Stanley with the Guinea Epilepsy Project Site PI, Professor Abass Cisse Fode, Ignace Deen Hospital, Conakry.

Past clinical or research electives have taken our residents around the world to countries of all income levels where partnerships have been forged. These include India, Bhutan, Nepal, Vietnam, China, and in Asia; South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar, and Guinea in Africa; and Haiti, Peru, and Ecuador in the Americas.  

Residents have also spent time in high-income settings during electives, including Singapore, Australia, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. Through these away electives, residents have been able to gain first-hand experience with neurologic diseases rarely seen in the U.S.A., learn the practice of neurology in more resource-limited regions, provide neurology education in settings without access to routine neurologic care, and collaborate on mentored research projects.

Dr. Jeffery Gluckstein giving morning report on stroke at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

MGH has an active clinical and research program in Uganda, and BWH is intimately linked with Partners in Health, an NGO that works in Haiti, Rwanda, Malawi, Peru, and Mexico. Residents have additionally participated in mentored research projects and clinical second opinions through supra-national non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies, and NIH-funded research studies.

Our residents have been very successful obtaining global health travel scholarships available to residents through the Partners Centers of Expertise in Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health, and other sources. The residency also provides additional travel awards each year to residents involved in focused global neurology work in resource-limited settings and supports career-based trajectories through the Global Health Certificate Program.

Examples of Published Projects with Harvard Neurology Residents as First Author:

Educational video on neurocysticercosis and epilepsy in the Kingdom of Bhutan, now watched >250,000 times. Script written by resident Dr. Sarah Wahlster. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWFE7-gkJqg