ACGME Milestones in global health: Need for standardized assessment of global health training in obstetrics/gynecology residency

Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2022 Jun;157(3):522-526. doi: 10.1002/ijgo.13914. Epub 2021 Sep 24.


Collective interest in global health training during US obstetrics/gynecology (Ob/Gyn) residency has grown over the past decade. The benefits of participation in global health electives have been well described. This review seeks to determine what literature exists regarding the use of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Milestones in Ob/Gyn residency as an assessment tool to evaluate global health programs. The PubMed database was searched from July 14, 2020 to August 20, 2021, using six search phrases: "global health curriculum(s) and ACGME"; "international health and ACGME"; "global health and Ob/Gyn residency"; "international health and Ob/Gyn residency"; "global health and Ob/Gyn residents"; and "global health curriculum(s) and Ob/Gyn residency." Publications that described global health programming outside of residency, within other medical specialties, and/or at non-US institutions were excluded from this review. In total, 259 publications resulted from the preliminary search. Five articles described US global health residency training in Ob/Gyn in some capacity. Only one publication described a specific global health elective and its evaluation with respect to ACGME Milestones. Despite growing popularity of global health electives among residency programs, few are assessing the educational value of these offerings using ACGME Milestones or describing these efforts in the literature.

Keywords: ACGME Milestones; educational value; global health electives; global women's health; program evaluation and assessment; residency training.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Female
  • Global Health
  • Gynecology* / education
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Obstetrics* / education
  • Pregnancy