Global Mental Health Electives

In recent years, Global Health Educational Programs have expanded into Montefiore's Primary Care, Social Medicine and Family Medicine residency training programs. Stimulated by a sustained and increasing interest and enthusiasm expressed by many of our psychiatry residents, we have developed global health electives that emphasize mental health.

Montefiore psychiatry residents can spend one month studying global mental health in diverse international communities: Each opportunity offers a unique venue to experience and learn more about differing perspectives toward mental health diagnosis and treatment, while being fully immersed in the local culture.

Residents can participate in clinical, public health or research experiences during their global health experience to gain a deeper understanding of how economic and sociocultural factors influence the health of individuals and populations. They also observe firsthand how political climate, inadequate resources, lack of health education and extreme poverty in rural, underdeveloped regions affect the course and treatment of psychiatric, substance use and medical illnesses.

In addition to working in a local community hospital, residents partner with local mental health healers and visit homes in remote rural areas to evaluate and treat patients and families.


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