Surgical Trainees are Invited to Apply for the Global Surgical Scholar Program
All Surgical Residents and Fellows are invited to apply for the PGME Global Health Education Initiative -  a certificate program for trainees from across all programs and specialties. 
  • Please submit your GHEI application to
  • Applications are to be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday, July 12, 2021. 
  • 2020-2021 GHEI Program from this link.
  • All surgical residents are eligible to apply for the Global Surgical Scholar Program. 
  • Modules 1 through Module 26 will be offered September 2021-April 2022.
  • Complete the program over 1, 2 or more years to accommodate your schedule.
  • To complete the program you will need to complete 6 Core Modules and 6 Elective Modules. 
  • Surgical residents will need to complete ‘components’ as outlined in GSSP attachment. 
  • GHEI for 2021-2022 will be offered via Zoom until further notice.
  • Upon acceptance to the GHEI, residents and fellows are asked to discuss participation with their Program Director.
  • Please contact
Core Modules 
  • 1C: The Context of Global Health 
  • 2C: Global Health Governance and Infrastructure 
  • 3C: Ethics, Rights, and Law
  • 4C: Fundamentals of Public Health Practice
  • 5C: Primary Care
  • 6C: Global Health Work and Partnerships outside Canada 
  • 7C: Post-Travel Debriefing
  • 8C: Cross-Cultural Communication
  • 9C: Non-Communicable Diseases
  • 10C: Infectious Diseases in the Developing World
Elective Modules
  • 11E: Innovative Health Service Delivery Models in Global Health
  • 12E: Innovation and Technology in Global Health
  • 13E: The Environment and Health
  • 14E: Program Planning and Evaluation
  • 15E: Research and Global Health 
  • 16E: Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
  • 17E: Health and Human Rights
  • 18E: Gender and Global Health 
  • 19E: Teaching in International Settings
  • 20E: Nutrition and Food Security
  • 21E: Advocacy and Special Populations
  • 22E: Global Mental Health
  • 23E: Surgical Skills and Anaesthesia for Global Health
  • 24E: Focus on Child Health
  • 25E: Health Economics
  • 26E: Transition to Global Health Practice 
About the GHEI. Global health is a conceptual framework to understand how expressions of health and illness are impacted by underlying determinants to affect world populations. In Toronto, the most multicultural city in the world, global health is local health and local health is global health. Global Health knowledge and skills are useful in everyday practice in Canada and are critical to solving the most challenging health problems affecting individuals and communities locally, nationally and globally. 

Global Health at Postgraduate Medical Education is led by Dr. Barry Pakes, PGME Global Health Lead and Director, Global Health Education Initiative; Director, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program and Ms. Judy Kopelow, Manager, PGME Global Health Programming and Strategic Initiatives; Administrative Director PGME Global Health Education Initiative. 

The Global Health Education Initiative, led by Post Graduate Medical Education, is an exciting initiative which fills a long-recognized gap in the training of health professionals who are interested in making an impact in the global health scene. 

The following themes are incorporated in the content and delivery of each module: global health leadership, values in global health, identifying and mitigating health inequalities and inequities, inter-professional collaboration, vulnerable and marginalized populations, cross-cultural communication, capacity building and education, social responsibility and accountability in education plus research and practice.

The program adds to informal mentoring by providing a structured, evidence-based, and carefully designed curriculum in a small group format - an approach to global health education unique to this program and to the university. The University of Toronto is home to one of the largest concentrations of Global Health leaders in the world. As GHEI participants, you will have access to these individuals who have committed to sharing their expertise and passion for global health with you.

By taking part in this program you will be part of a growing community of professionals dedicated to using more innovative and effective methods to address the needs of marginalized populations at home, and underserved populations abroad. You will also be contributing to the fulfillment of the Faculty of Medicine's mandate towards social accountability within and outside the borders of the University, the City of Toronto and globally.

Balancing the demands of residency; challenges imposed by COVID-19 with the GHEI program may not be easy, but your future patients and their communities will thank you.

Take good care and we look forward to learning with you! 

Judy A. Kopelow 
Manager, Global Health Programming and Strategic Initiatives
Administrative Director, Global Health Education Initiative
Post MD Education - Postgraduate Medical Education - Global Health
Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

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