The UBC Department of Pediatrics has a keen and long-standing interest in international child health, with many links to other parts of the world. Residents are encouraged to nurture these existing relationships or to foster new ones. Recently, residents have gone to Australia, South Africa, Uganda, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Bangladesh, India, Belize, and Honduras. The Department strongly supports residents to go on electives as long as they are ethically and educationally sound. The uniqueness of UBC Department of Pediatrics’ international programs attracts many trainees to their residency program from across the country.
The Branch for International Surgery was created to advance surgical care in international health. It came about as a desire to build on the national interest in surgical care in international health and the realization of the strength of international activity that already exists among “surgical” members of the UBC faculty. The Branch is committed to being collaborative and inclusive, extending involvement to all colleagues in the Faculty whose work includes surgical care or an interest in international health.
Global Health (Family Practice) @ Faculty of Medicine
Vision: Strengthen the Faculty of Medicine’s role as part of a transforming force in global health at the University of British Columbia.
Mission: To provide opportunity, support, and guidance for education, research, and service activities, and demonstrate social accountability towards creating equity and reducing health disparities within our global community.
In 2004, with the support of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, BC Children’s Hospital established the Centre for International Child Health to serve as a leadership and coordinating body for international initiatives.
The Centre was established to:
- focus and support the international activities of the physicians and staff from the BC Children’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia
- help build expertise and capacity with our partner organizations in mid-level and third world countries,
- support the engagement of trainees in global child health