The Global, Rural and Underserved Child Health (GRUCH) Fellowship seeks to provide high-quality, sustainable pediatric care together with our partners, support the training of future leaders in pediatric global health, pursue high-quality global health research and best-practice implementation and elucidate common principles in the care of children in resource-limited settings. GRUCH fellows will complete the program well positioned to continue on to careers in global health.
Chinle Comprehensive Health Center: Chinle, Arizona, Navajo NationGlobal, Rural and Underserved Child Health Fellows will will be working at the Chinle Comprehensive Health Center (CCHC) in partnership with Navajo Area Indian Health. Chinle is located in the heart of the Navajo Nation. Here, the fellow’s role will primarily be clinical and educational with additional avenues for community outreach and/or project development. The fellow’s clinical responsibilities will be a combination of inpatient wards (including the newborn nursery), evening and weekend call, and outpatient medicine within the Department of Pediatrics. Fellows actively participate in education within the department of pediatrics together with talented colleagues, nurses and visiting residents and medical students from across the country. There are also options to work in community-based adolescent clinics or with the public health nursing team or to seek other areas of community involvement if interested. Fellows will experience full autonomy in clinical decision-making, develop, implement and assess quality improvement projects, encourage education and partnership between the University of Utah and CCHC and and provide a wide-range of clinical care to the people of the Navajo Nation.
University of Rwanda Teaching Hospital: Butare, RwandaGRUCH fellows working in Butare, Rwanda will be spending most of their time at the University Teaching Hospital of Butare (CHUB) and the Kabutare District Hospital. The fellows will make clinical decisions, teach local medical students and residents during rounds, and participate in quality improvement projects and collaborative research. At CHUB, children are admitted with a wide variety of illnesses including typhoid fever, rheumatic heart disease, HIV, tuberculosis, and cerebral malaria. One week per month the fellow will also attend on rounds at Kabutare District Hospital, a rural hospital where they will see a high volume of patients primarily with malaria, malnutrition, and bacterial pneumonia. At Kabutare DH, the fellow has the opportunity to mentor and give presentations on various pediatric topics to general practitioners. Fellows will learn how to utilize limited resources, how to diagnose and treat various tropical diseases, and will contribute to developing solutions to major health care issues.
GRUCH fellows will spend their time fully immersed and integrated into the clinical and scholarly activities at our partner sites, while also receiving ongoing mentorship from University of Utah faculty in Salt Lake City. Fellows will evenly divide their time between our two partner sites during the first year of the fellowship. The second year of the fellowship will include time spent in Salt Lake City wherein fellows will work closely with mentors to forward their scholarly project while participating in the education of students and residents in global health topics. The remainder of the second year will be spent in Rwanda.
We seek highly motivated pediatricians who are interested in caring for children in challenging clinical environments while working towards long-term solutions to complex determinants of health through evidence based investigation and implementation.