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Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3182a9c1c8
Original Research

Scope of Global Health Training in U.S. Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Programs

Hung, Kristin J. MD; Tsai, Alexander C. MD, PhD; Johnson, Timothy R.B. MD; Walensky, Rochelle P. MD, MPH; Bangsberg, David R. MD, MPH; Kerry, Vanessa B. MD, MSc

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OBJECTIVE: To enumerate global health training activities in U.S. obstetrics and gynecology residency programs and to examine the worldwide distribution of programmatic activity relative to the maternal and perinatal disease burden.

METHODS: Using a systematic, web-based protocol, we searched for global health training opportunities at all U.S. obstetrics and gynecology residency programs. Country-level data on disability-adjusted life-years resulting from maternal and perinatal conditions were obtained from the Global Burden of Disease study. We calculated Spearman's rank correlation coefficients to estimate the cross-country association between programmatic activity and disease burden.

RESULTS: Of the 243 accredited U.S. obstetrics and gynecology residency programs, we identified 41 (17%) with one of several possible predefined categories of programmatic activity. Thirty-three residency programs offered their residents opportunities to participate in one or more elective-based rotations, eight offered extended field-based training, and 18 offered research activities. A total of 128 programmatic activities were dispersed across 64 different countries. At the country level, the number of programmatic activities had a statistically significant association with the total disease burden resulting from maternal (Spearman's ρ=0.37, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.14–0.57) and perinatal conditions (ρ=0.34, 95% CI 0.10–0.54) but not gynecologic cancers (ρ=−0.24, 95% CI −0.46 to 0.01).

CONCLUSIONS: There are few global health training opportunities for U.S. obstetrics and gynecology residents. These activities are disproportionately distributed among countries with greater burdens of disease.


© 2013 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.



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