The Dutch Doctor in Global Health and Tropical Medicine (GH&TM)
This post graduate training equips doctors with the competences needed to work in an international setting, at the cross roads of clinical care and public health, working for disadvantaged populations.
This post graduate training is organized by the independent training institute Global Health and Tropical Medicine (OIGT). This institute facilitates a 3-year training program. Each year around 90 residents work in various hospital departments all throughout the Netherlands and abroad. The institute is not linked to a specific university, but has an advisory board with members from five Dutch universities. The OIGT institute is furthermore related to the Dutch Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health (NVTG), the organization that has trained Dutch doctors for over 40 years. Since the training acquired the recognition and accreditation of the Royal Dutch Association of Physicians (KNMG) the institute organizes the continued training. The recognition by the KNMG provides quality assurance.
Within the training program there are 2 different streams; 1: residencies in Paediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynaecology 2; residencies in Surgery and Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
The curriculum includes 5 components:
- Nine months of residency in Surgery or Paediatrics,
- Nine months of residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
- Ten additional one-day courses and trainings in global health related topics
- Three months of theoretical training in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (NTC) at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam (also part of Master International Health),
- Six months of residency in a resource poor setting.