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Pediatric Global Health Elective

Residents and Fellows

The Guatemala (Trifinio) Global Health Elective will consist of a one month clinical rotation which will occur in the Southwest Trifinio area of Guatemala, at the Center for Human Development Clinic (CHD). Collaborations between the Jose Fernando Bolaños Foundation, the Regional Hospital in Coatepeque and UCSOM faculty are well established for a number of Departments including Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Laboratory Medicine, and Nursing Midwifery. The resident elective will be structured and focus on clinical, research and educational activities. The resident elective will be supervised by a faculty member of the Department of Pediatrics who will serve as a mentor and Dr. Marco Celada, the Director of the CHD Clinic at the Trifinio. A maximum of two pediatric residents slots are available per month. Availability is not guaranteed for all months as availability depends on faculty availability for supervision, coordination of slots among numerous other programs, and other external factors.


Who is eligible for Global Health Electives? Pediatric residents (after successful completion of 1 year of pediatric residency training), Med-Peds residents (after successful completion of 2 years of Med-Peds residency training), or pediatric fellows who are in good standing in programs at the University of Colorado School of Medicine may apply to do electives in Guatemala. Residents/fellows who are on probation or participating in remediation plans are not eligible. In order to be considered for an elective in the Guatemala Trifinio site, the resident/fellow must complete and submit an application and indicate an “elective month” for the period they intend to do this rotation. Applications are due in the spring (deadline of March 15).


Where is the location of the Global Health Elective? The Guatemala (Trifinio) Global Health Elective is currently being offered at the Southwest Trifinio site located 45 minutes south from the town of Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. The area is located in the coastal lowlands, home to approximately 23,000 people from 20 different communities. The Center for Global Health and the Jose Fernando Bolaños Foundation have developed a maternal-child clinic and community programs in the area where rotators will gain experience caring for children from local communities.


Where can I get more information on the Global Health site? More information about our Global Health site can be found at:


How much time will it take to prepare for my Global Health Elective? Preparation should begin at least 9-12 months ahead of your start date.


Is a Global Health Elective for me? Residents and fellows applying to the Global Health Elective program must be in good standing with their residency program and the University of Colorado Graduate Medical Education Office. Your application must be supported by you r Department and Program Director. Residents who participate in Global Health Electives should be flexible and willing to step in where needed. In many instances, set schedules are not given ahead of time. 

A Global Health Elective is a wonderful opportunity to understand clinical presentation and management of common diseases in a resource-poor environment, as well as understand alternative health systems in cultural settings.

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