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Global Health: Preparation for Working in Resource-Limited Settings

Authors: 
St Clair NE, Pitt MB, Bakeera-Kitaka S, McCall N, Lukolyo H, Arnold L, Audcent T, Batra M, Chan K, Jacquet G, Schutze G, Butteris S, American Board of Pediatrics Global Health Task Force
Year: 
2017
Journal: 
Pediatrics
Pub Med #: 
Abstract: 

Trainees and clinicians from high-income countries are increasingly engaging in global health (GH) efforts, particularly in resource-limited settings. Concomitantly, there is a growing demand for these individuals to be better prepared for the common challenges and controversies inherent in GH work. This is a state-of-the-art review article in which we outline what is known about the current scope of trainee and clinician involvement in GH experiences, highlight specific considerations and issues pertinent to GH engagement, and summarize preparation recommendations that have emerged from the literature. The article is focused primarily on short-term GH experiences, although much of the content is also pertinent to long-term work. Suggestions are made for the health care community to develop and implement widely endorsed preparation standards for trainees, clinicians, and organizations engaging in GH experiences and partnerships.