Our program is highly committed to patient advocacy and ardently supports initiatives to improve the health of local, regional and international communities through direct patient care, development of policy & healthcare strategy, and research. During residency, trainees are provided opportunities to positively impact our local community. Residents can volunteer to see patients at Migrant Farm Worker Clinics; these are seasonal clinics that serve our migrant farming community. Additionally, our residents regularly volunteer to work at a local organization called Food Gatherers to help prevent local food insecurity. We also support residents who wish to extend their experiences more broadly within the United States through rotations at sites supported by the Indian Health Service (IHS) or Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Pediatric residents at the University of Michigan have also taken part in exciting international health care experiences in Ethiopia, Peru, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Haiti, Kenya, Ghana and India. The resident-run Pediatric Global Health Initiative has allowed for a collaborative effort to further develop and strengthen our global health and health disparities curriculum, facilitated by mentorship support from pediatric faculty members which allows for a sustainable and longitudinal global health project with a pediatrics-specific focus. These experiences have enabled our residents to learn unique skills and develop improved cultural understanding while also establishing a passion for minimizing disparities in health care. Residents can also participate in the Resident University of Michigan Health Services (UMHS) Global Health curriculum, which offers an institution-wide global health certificate program. More information can be found at Michigan Medicine GME Global Health and Health Disparities Group.