American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume 97, Issue 1, 2017
Bidirectional Exchange in Global Health: Moving Toward True Global Health Partnership
Authors: Gitanjli Arora, Christiana Russ, Maneesh Batra, Sabrina M. Butteris, Jennifer Watts and Michael B. Pitt
Although there has been rapid growth in global health educational experiences over the last two decades, the flow of learners remains overwhelmingly one directional; providers from high-resourced settings travel to limited-resourced environments to participate in clinical care, education, and/or research. Increasingly, there has been a call to promote parity in partnerships, including the development of bidirectional exchanges, where trainees from each institution travel to the partner’s setting to learn from and teach each other. As global health educators and steering committee members of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors Global Health Pediatric Education Group, we endorse the belief that we must move away from merely sending learners to international partner sites and instead become true global health partners offering equitable educational experiences. In this article, we summarize the benefits, review common challenges, and highlight solutions to hosting and providing meaningful global health experiences for learners from limited-resourced partner institutions to academic health centers in the United States.