Internal Medicine Residency Global Health Pathway

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at WFBMC encourages residents to participate in international rotations. Dr. Vera Luther, one of the Associate Program Directors, is our designated International Health Advisor. She assists Internal Medicine (IM) residents who are interested in pursuing an international rotation in their PGY-2 or PGY-3 year.

International rotations are individualized based upon the resident's interests and goals. Residents may participate in a clinical experience, research experience, or a combination thereof. Upon completion of the international rotation, residents complete an International Site Evaluation form and disseminate knowledge acquired during their experience through conference presentation, poster presentation or written paper.

International Opportunities

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center offers opportunities for international rotations through signed agreements with:

  • Tokai University in Japan
  • University of Tromso in Norway
  • Changhai Hospital in Shanghai, China
  • UCIMED in Costa Rica
  • College of Medicine Kyungpook National University in Korea
  • Medical University of Vienna in Austria.

We also have formal relationships with medical schools in Ghana and Nicaragua. We have recently had IM residents participate in rotations in Nicaragua, India, Haiti and Cambodia.

Global Health

The Office of Global Health was established to positively impact global healthcare through utilization of the extraordinary expertise, energy, and creativity of the Wake Forest faculty, residents, students and staff. One of the missions of this office is to train leaders in global healthcare. The Office of Global Health provides education in international health and is a resource for identifying potential sites and funding resources for international rotations. For residents seeking additional training in global health, a Global Health Certificate Program is available.

WFBMC IM residents may apply for funding through the Office of Global Health, Timothy C. Pennell Pro Humanitate Vitae International Scholar Fund, the Wake Forest University Medical Mission Training Fund, or the Dr. Charles A. Sanders/Project HOPE International Residency Scholarship Program. Residents may also participate in the newly founded Internal Medicine Global Health Interest Group to learn more about planning for an international elective, practicing tropical medicine, and establishing connections with the myriad resources here at WFBMC.