Global Health & Health Disparities Program


Core Faculty

For more information contact:

Michael P. Stevens, M.D., M.P.H.

VCU Health System

P.O. Box 980019

Richmond, Virginia 23298-0019

Phone: (804) 828-2121

GH2DP Student Scholars Program

GH2DP Internal Medicine Residency Program Pathway

“As a third year resident who went to Honduras, my only regret is that my trip was in my last month of residency and I was unable to go again. On so many levels this experience and perspective I gained added to my growth as a physician... it is something that I strongly recommend every resident and even attending to try at some point... I made friendships with nurses, med students, fellow residents and my attendings that I know will last the rest of my career.”

                                -Dr. Varun Sharma, R3


Program Overview

The VCU Global Health & Health Disparities Program was created to improve the health of impoverished people living in resource-limited settings and to provide US-based learners with global health education and experiences.

In collaboration with numerous non-profit organizations our residents learn how to provide compassionate, collaborative and comprehensive care to underserved communities in both the United States and abroad. Our partners include, but are not limited to, the Honduras Outreach Medical Brigade Relief Effort (HOMBRE), the Golden Phoenix Foundation and the Dominican Aid Society.

One of our principle international sites is the rural, mountainous area in and around La Hicaca in northern Honduras, where we help provide medical care to approximately 1,200 people across 17 villages who have little to no access to care. We also collaborate with teams going to Pinares, Honduras and Paraiso in the Dominican Republic.

A key aim of the Global Health & Health Disparities Program is to provide global health experiences to medicine residents, students and fellows. VCU learners have the opportunity to participate in global health activities both domestically and abroad. Via rotations in the Richmond area as well as opportunities in Honduras and the Dominican Republic, residents explore the social determinants of health. Residents gain practical, hands-on experience in providing direct medical care in resource-limited settings and actively participate in public health and quality improvement projects, as well. Particularly interested and motivated residents can enroll in the Global Health & Health Disparities Program Residency Pathway, wherein they will gain advanced training in global health and will earn a certificate of training in Global Health & Health Disparities.

The Global Health & Health Disparities Program brochure can be found here.

Information on our June 2015 outreach trip can be found here. Pictures from our most recent outreach trip can be found here.

“The trip to Yoro, Honduras has significantly altered my medical world view. It has shown me that academic, data driven efforts can be applied to resource poor settings and achieve real, sustainable good.”

                                -Dr. Jeff Wang, R3