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Global Health Initiative: REACH

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Since 2003, REACH (Residents Educated in Alternative Cultures and Health) has been bringing together those at Baystate who are interested in international health and cultural diversity, and have concern for the world at large, particularly in medically underserved areas.

Through our work, we hope to instill a sense of global social consciousness and raise awareness of cultural, socioeconomic and international health issues.

Global Health Curriculum

REACH's curriculum provides an overview of important issues for residents considering medical work in low resource settings—public health topics, social and cultural issues related to global health work, education in tropical medicine, etc. Browse other recent topics.

Join us to learn about:

  • a broad range of health care issues facing the developing world
  • the role of culture and socioeconomic factors in the practice of medicine
  • how to function in resource-deficient medical systems and environments
  • using evidence-based medicine related to international health issues.

Recent Resident Elective Sites Span the Globe

Global health sites

Red Markers: Sites with ongoing relationships Blue Markers: One-time elective experiences

International Medical Education Opportunities

Our global health sites provide you with a variety of experiences, including: outpatient or hospital based work, urban or rural setting, teaching or research. 

REACH has a team of 8 - 10 faculty members who have a broad range of experiences working in many areas of the world. They can offer you the tools and guidance to evaluate international volunteer opportunities and maximize your experience.


We are able to facilitate 1-month resident electives on 5 continents, in locations such as:

  • Katosi Village, Uganda
  • Indian Himalayas
  • Zumbahua, Ecuador
  • Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation, Arizona
  • Targu Mures, Romania

See more international sites.


The REACH program offers grants to offset much of the cost of going abroad for an elective month. Grant awards are  typically between $250 - $1,000, based on merit and need. Grant applications are reviewed twice a year by our core faculty.