The Pittsburgh Neurology Global Health Program was established in 2018 in response to the growing need for neurologists to develop competency working in underserved communities. The aim of the program is to provide meaningful care and education while enriching resident experience in resource-limited settings, seeing diseases many only ever hear or read about. Each year residents of all levels in the track will travel to one of our partner institutions of their choosing for up to one month with departmental funding. There residents may have the opportunity to see inpatient consults, work in outpatient clinics, and teach local medical students about the intricacies of neurology. Past classes have worked with their resident colleagues in the Pittsburgh Department of Internal Medicine at the Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi, serving as the only neurologists at this 1000-bed public tertiary referral hospital.
While abroad, residents still work closely with attendings from neurology and other select specialties back in Pittsburgh to facilitate the best care, while remaining mindful of the limited diagnostic tests and treatment options that may be available in these settings. Our ongoing projects include expanding sites to areas in the middle east and south Asia, as well as developing research projects related to stroke and epilepsy in conjunction with our global health faculty.