Evaluation of a global health training program for pediatric residents

Barbara Oettgen, Ashraf Harahsheh, Srinivasan Suresh, Deepak Kamat

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Background: At Children's Hospital of Michigan, an international health program was initiated in 2004. Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of the program in imparting knowledge to pediatric residents. Design/Methods: A pretest examining international health knowledge was administered to pediatric residents, and they were reexamined at the end of 1 year. Results: Out of 20 residents who participated in the study, 11 (55%) fully participated in the international health program, and the other 9 partially participated. The mean overall pretest score was 56% and posttest score was 65.8% (P <.004). Full participant mean pretest was 57% and posttest was 69% (P <.005). Partial participant mean pretest was 55% and posttest was 62%, no significant difference (P =.10). Birth, medical education, residency training, or work history in a developing country did not impact pretest or posttest scores. Conclusions: Despite small numbers of participants, this evaluation suggests that knowledge in international health can be expanded through a training program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)784-790
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Evaluation
  • International health
  • Medical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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