Grouped by subject, this collection of articles and links is designed to provide critical perspectives and educational background related to global health care.

Global Health Education

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) is dedicated to creating balance in resources and in the exchange of students and faculty between institutions in rich and poor countries, recognizing the importance of equal partnership between the academic institutions in developing nations and their resource-rich counterparts in the planning, implementation, management and impact evaluation of joint projects.

The World Health Organization is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) will be running a series of review articles on global health.  A Global View of Health–An Unfolding Series is the first in the series and it was published 1/3/2013.

The Lancet is the world’s leading independent general medical journal. The journal’s coverage is international in focus and extends to all aspects of human health. The Lancet is edited and peer-reviewed to ensure the scientific merit and clinical relevance of its diverse content. Drawing on an international network of advisers and contributors, The Lancet meets the needs of physicians by adding to their clinical knowledge and alerting them to current issues affecting the practice of medicine worldwide. The Lancet Global Health Portal gathers all the global health content in one location. Most of the global health content is free to all users. World Reports and Perspectives articles are ideal for anyone who wants a personal view on a subject, and The Lancet Global Health Series, and Regional Reports and Commissions provide in-depth views for anyone seeking disease-specific or regional information.

PLOS Medicine is a peer-reviewed weekly medical journal covering the full spectrum of the medical sciences. PLOS Medicine publishes articles relevant to clinicians, policymakers, and researchers across a range of settings that address the major biological, environmental, social, and political determinants of health.

Global Health Educational Consortium is an organization which focuses on global health education in curriculum, training materials, clinical training and career development. This site has superb material for facilitating exchanges, teaching global health, and sharing resources.

Short Medical Mission Trips

Here is a great resource from Georgetown University – School of Nursing and Health Studies on how to prepare for a medical mission trip:

Perceptions of short-term medical volunteer work: a qualitative study in Guatemala is a study conducted by medical students takes a critical look at the benefits and pitfalls of short-term missions by interviewing 72 patients and physicians in the local community.

A model for sustainable short-term international medical trips  is a review that discusses the ethical challenges of short-term missions and gives concrete suggestions on maximizing trip benefit.

Learning Tools

Canopy is a great way to learn and improve medical foreign language skills.