Pediatric Housestaff

Global Health

The goal of the Global Health Scholarly Concentration is to equip residents with the knowledge and skills to become physician-leaders in global health. Participation in this track will allow residents to understand the general principles related to the health of children in developing countries and how these principles apply to underserved populations in the United States.
Residents in this scholarly concentration will choose an international site they wish to work at for their call free elective months. These rotations take place during residents’ second and third years (6 weeks PGY2, 6 weeks PGY3). 

Program Overview and Objectives

The pediatric global health program at Stanford is intended for physicians interested in incorporating international work into their careers long term.  This track is designed for residents that wish to work in low-resource environments, have a sustaining impact at their international site, and help close some of the health disparities seen in global health.  It allows residents the opportunity to identify an overseas site in which they will invest their time and efforts during residency. 

Residents work clinically at their chosen site, better understand the many issues impacting global health today, and pursue a scholarly project. The project can range from clinical / basic science research to education or be a service oriented project.  The program has identified partnering sites with long standing relationships (Nepal, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Uganda, but residents may choose to work at a site they are invested in provided there is strong mentorship.  For more information on the international sites and the Stanford/Packard Global Child Health Program click here. For more information about our mentors, click here.

The Global Health scholarly concentration curriculum is based on the competency-based goals and objectives have been developed by the AAP Section on International Child Health working group on Pediatric Resident Education as well as the competency-based curriculum developed by the University of Minnesota. For more information, click here.


Required for All Global Health Residents:

All residents in the Global Health Scholarly Concentration participate in the following:

Required for All Pediatrics Residents:

All Pediatrics residents participate in:


Resident Projects

Year of Training


Project Title

Mentor Name


Yassar Arain

Evaluating peds ER modules in Haiti

Ayesha Khan


Gavin Hartman

Evaluating charting in the ACU in Uganda

Saraswati Kache


Adam Was

Measuring ICU admissions in Uganda 

Saraswati Kache


Mary Le

Barriers to helmet use among peds patients in Sri Lanka

Saraswati Kache


Charlie (Walter) Wickremasinghe

Motor vehicle accidents injuries and outcomes in Sri Lanka

Saraswati Kache


Jason Nagata

Evaluating the impact of food insecurities in the pediatric population in Guatemala

Saraswati Kache

For detailed descriptions of residents’ projects, please click here.

Contact Information

Saraswati Kache, MD Dr. Saraswati Kache is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care and has led the pediatric global health education efforts at Stanford since 2010.  She has worked clinically and been an educator in critical care for local physicians and staff at multiple international locations.  Along with being involved with service and education oriented projects at our international partnering sites, her present research interest focuses on appropriate resuscitation of malnourished children that present in shock.   

Please contact Dr. Kache or the program managers, Jenny Kang or Aisha Talib for more information.

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