Curricular Tracks

Global Health Track

The Global Health track offers powerful, intensive opportunities to develop competencies in cultural diversity and community medicine.  It is one of the only international health curricular tracks in the country that focuses on non – clinical experiences and is for the resident who wants to enrich their education by helping change the health of populations in developing countries.
Your experience will be supported by a full two year long curriculum that will augment the immersion field experience within an international setting.  You will learn, first-hand, how health can be affected by the lack of vital public health services and infrastructure in impoverished communities. Serving at the grassroots level, you will work to be a part of a community’s solutions.
The Global Health Track provides opportunities to touch the lives of people who are in great need. They’ll touch your life, too. You’ll have the unique experience only an international track can provide for a greater appreciation of the individual patient within the larger picture.

About the Track Director

Dr. James Sanders is a recognized international authority on forensic examination for survivors of torture and has served as an expert witness in multiple asylum hearings. He is regularly referred clients from across the Midwest for purposes of helping secure their freedom and safety. He has been honored with numerous awards for his service to the poor, including receiving the President's Award for his work in the Republic of Georgia.

Dr. Sanders received a Fulbright Scholarship to travel and work in Zambia from August, 2013 to June, 2014. The Fulbright Scholarship program is a competitive award for academic researchers and teachers that is administered through the US State Department.  Dr. Sanders assisted the University of Zambia’s School of Medicine with their efforts to initiate the country’s first Family Medicine training program.


Where? How?

The track takes advantage of each learner's particular skill sets and interests.  Combined with Dr. Sander's vast network of worldwide contacts there are ample global experiences from which the residents learn.  In the past Global Health track participants have traveled to countries all over the world including Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Guatemala, Belize, Philippines, Russia, and India. As a testimony to the seriousness by which we approach this educational effort, up through 2016 all residents enrolled in the Global Health Track have received their full salary and ALL expenses paid (including r/t airfare) during their immersion field experience.


Residents participating in this track will be able to:

  • Care for patients in a developing country and learn about the interplay of health, disease, and poverty
  • Understand community-oriented primary care
  • Use epidemiologic skills to assess and track the health indices of a community including research                   design, implementation and evaluation
  • Develop data analysis and presentation skills
  • Gain grant writing skills
  • Advocate for marginalized and vulnerable populations
Curricular Components

The Global Health Track has three parts to its curriculum. 

The first is an academically oriented series encompassing 16 different aspects of Global Health.  We use a Global Health textbook and meet every month to discuss on of the chapters’ topics.  The reading is augmented by videos, ancillary readings, and, of course, your personal experiences.

Secondly, the residents on the Global Health Track will participate in a Milwaukee’s only teaching-clinic for refugee care.  This clinic is organized and supervised by Dr. Sanders and allows the resident to learn the practical skills necessary to interact with patients from all over the world about health issues often quite different from their continuity clinic’s population.

Lastly, the overseas’ electives allow for an immersive experience that is singularly unique. It is during the field experience where many of the classroom and clinical experiences learned in Milwaukee can be put into proper context.  There is opportunity for two overseas electives during the last two years of training.

For more information, contact:

Jim Sanders, MD, MPH
Columbia St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency
1121 E. North Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 267-6502 Office
Toll free: (866) 540-4760
(414) 267-3892 Fax