Many of our faculty and residents share a passion for caring for children in international settings, and especially in resource poor regions of the world. Our faculty is actively involved in a number of global health related research studies, as well as multiple clinical outreach efforts, especially in the developing world. Each year, around two-thirds of our third year residents take advantage of an opportunity to participate in a four week long global health elective. Significant pre and post support is provided to make the international experience a success for the resident and host hospital. Existing opportunities are already available at training sites in South East Asia, Africa, the US Indian Health Service, and South America. Financial support to help offset the costs of travel and lodging is provided by the Mattel Children's Global Scholar's Fund. In addition, pre-participation training in global health is offered both through the Department of Pediatrics and the Global Health Education Program through the DGSOM at UCLA.
The UCLA Program in Global Health and UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital has established partnerships with a number of different global health sites. We encourage our residents to choose from among these sites to ensure sustainable, reciprocal, mutually beneficial partnerships with our host institutions. The sites are: