PGME Global Health Education Initiative - Global Surgical Scholar Program

PGME Global Health Education Initiative - Global Surgical Scholar Program

All Surgical Residents and Fellows are invited to apply for the PGME Global Health Education Initiative - a certificate program for trainees from across all programs and specialties.

Surgical trainees are invited to Apply for the Global Surgical Scholar Program.  gssp_as_of_may_30_2021.pdf

Please submit your GHEI application to

Applications are to be submitted by 11:59 pm on Monday, July 12, 2021.

2020-2021 GHEI Program from this link.

An updated program will be available ASAP

Modules 1 through Module 26 will be offered September 2021-April 2022.

Complete the program over 1, 2 or more years to accommodate your schedule.

To complete the program you will need to complete 6 Core Modules and 6 Elective Modules.

Surgical residents will need to complete ‘components’ as outlined in GSSP attachment.

GHEI for 2021-2022 will be offered via Zoom until further notice.

Upon acceptance to the GHEI, residents and fellows are asked to discuss participation with their Program Director.

Please contact for any questions.

Core Modules

  • 1C: The Context of Global Health
  • 2C: Global Health Governance and Infrastructure
  • 3C: Ethics, Rights, and Law
  • 4C: Fundamentals of Public Health Practice
  • 5C: Primary Care
  • 6C: Global Health Work and Partnerships outside Canada
  • 7C: Post-Travel Debriefing
  • 8C: Cross-Cultural Communication
  • 9C: Non-Communicable Diseases
  • 10C: Infectious Diseases in the Developing World
  • Elective Modules
  • 11E: Innovative Health Service Delivery Models in Global Health
  • 12E: Innovation and Technology in Global Health
  • 13E: The Environment and Health
  • 14E: Program Planning and Evaluation
  • 15E: Research and Global Health
  • 16E: Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
  • 17E: Health and Human Rights
  • 18E: Gender and Global Health
  • 19E: Teaching in International Settings
  • 20E: Nutrition and Food Security
  • 21E: Advocacy and Special Populations
  • 22E: Global Mental Health
  • 23E: Surgical Skills and Anaesthesia for Global Health
  • 24E: Focus on Child Health
  • 25E: Health Economics
  • 26E: Transition to Global Health Practice

About the GHEI. Global health is a conceptual framework to understand how expressions of health and illness are impacted by underlying determinants to affect world populations. In Toronto, the most multicultural city in the world, global health is local health and local health is global health. Global Health knowledge and skills are useful in everyday practice in Canada and are critical to solving the most challenging health problems affecting individuals and communities locally, nationally and globally.

Global Health at Postgraduate Medical Education is led by Dr. Barry Pakes, PGME Global Health Lead and Director, Global Health Education Initiative; Director, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program and Ms. Judy Kopelow, Manager, PGME Global Health Programming and Strategic Initiatives; Administrative Director PGME Global Health Education Initiative.

The Global Health Education Initiative, led by Post Graduate Medical Education, is an exciting initiative which fills a long-recognized gap in the training of health professionals who are interested in making an impact in the global health scene.

The following themes are incorporated in the content and delivery of each module: global health leadership, values in global health, identifying and mitigating health inequalities and inequities, inter-professional collaboration, vulnerable and marginalized populations, cross-cultural communication, capacity building and education, social responsibility and accountability in education plus research and practise.

The program adds to informal mentoring by providing a structured, evidence-based, and carefully designed curriculum in a small group format - an approach to global health education unique to this program and to the university. The University of Toronto is home to one of the largest concentrations of Global Health leaders in the world. As GHEI participants, you will have access to these individuals who have committed to sharing their expertise and passion for global health with you.

By taking part in this program you will be part of a growing community of professionals dedicated to using more innovative and effective methods to address the needs of marginalized populations at home, and underserved populations abroad. You will also be contributing to the fulfillment of the Faculty of Medicine's mandate towards social accountability within and outside the borders of the University, the City of Toronto and globally.

Balancing the demands of residency; challenges imposed by COVID-19 with the GHEI program may not be easy, but your future patients and their communities will thank you.

Global Health Opportunities for Residents

We encourage residents to pursue endeavours through one or more of the following ways:

  1. Complete a global health elective
  2. Complete the PGME Global Health Education Initiative certificate program (GHEI)
  3. Participate in the Global Surgical Scholar Program (GSSP) 

It is your responsibility to discuss participation with your Program Director, as well as finding a suitable mentor. 
If you need assistance in finding a mentor, please contact

1. Global Health Electives
Engaging in an elective abroad can be a highly valuable learning experience. Please review GH Elective planning details from this link.

For more information please contact

2. PGME Global Health Educational Initiative Certificate (GHEI)
The GHEI certificate is a two-year program (or less, depending on your schedule) for residents and fellows that can be completed concurrently with your clinical duties. 

Program, application and full details from this link. For more information please contact 

3. Global Surgical Scholar Program (GSSP)
The Global Surgical Scholar Program is designed to provide postgraduate trainees in the Department of Surgery with an opportunity to learn about health equity, disparities and health care delivery through a surgical lens, focusing on underserved populations at both a local and global level. The Program combines didactic teaching, programmatic opportunities, networking and real-world experience in the fields of global health and surgery. Scholars work with a surgical mentor within the Department of Surgery to design a longitudinal, individualized program that meets their learning needs and career objectives.

Full details on the Global Surgical Scholar Program from this link. For more information please contact

Opportunities for Faculty

If you are interested in becoming involved in international outreach, please feel free to connect with any of our featured Mentors or featured faculty in the prospectus.

Mentors TBC 

The Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund: Pediatric Fellowship Program
The CCCF is a registered charity that provides humanitarian aid to victims of the1986 Chornobyl nuclear disaster. In 2013, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto formally launched the Ukraine Pediatric Fellowship Program. Together, they are providing critical care to those affected and specialized medical training to Ukrainian physicians.