Internal Medicine Residency: Global Health / Pathways

Intensive Training Opportunities in Primary Care and Global Health

About Pathways

After match, Internal Medicine residents can opt for one of our Pathways programs, which offer specialized training in addition to our core curriculum. Through an application process, we select two residents per class to participate in each Pathways program. PGY-1 residents are eligible to apply.

Primary Care Pathway

Launched in 2010, the Primary Care Pathway provides targeted training and career development for those Internal Medicine residents interested in primary care. Our curriculum focuses on outpatient management in urban and underserved patient populations.

Key Components

  • Block rotation: Participants spend three months of each year on a Primary Care Block rotation, which provides more experience in their own Continuity Clinic practices and time for sub-specialty ambulatory sessions.
  • Forum: Working in small groups, residents in this weekly half-day session learn from physician faculty, nurses, pharmacists, and physical therapists about topics such as chronic care management, ambulatory procedures, and practice management.
  • Other experience: Primary Care Pathways participants also attend a leadership seminar guided by the residency program director, and participate in a homeless healthcare curriculum, including shelter work.

Global Health Pathway

Residents seeking further experience with international health issues may apply for the Global Health Pathway program, which accepts two residents per class. Applicants should demonstrate a strong interest in a career overseas or in working with refugee and immigrant populations in the U.S. or their native country.

Key Components:

  • Global Health course: PGY-2 participants must use their elective to attend the Global Health Course held at the University of Minnesota, which then guarantees first priority in choosing an international rotation in the PGY-3 year. Past Global Health Pathways locations include Cameroon, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Kenya, Madagascar, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, and Tanzania. (Residents are not limited to these locations.)
  • International rotation: PGY-3 participants spend a one-month elective working at a healthcare facility outside the U.S. HCMC maintains established facilities at a number of sites around the world. Residents may also access the University of Minnesota’s international sites, work overseas with HCMC faculty, and in special circumstances, design their own elective experience.