CME: Global Health and Tropical Medicine

Training 2023:

How do you provide the best care possible in resource-poor environments?

In Christian Health Service Corps’ Global Health and Tropical Medicine Continuing Education course, students will gain the knowledge and skills needed for short- or long-term service in low-resource settings.

The course provides an overview of tropical diseases in a case-based format and highlights the provision of quality care through the application of best evidence-based practice in global health. This course reviews World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for healthcare in resource poor settings.

Course conducted virtually over Zoom and is spread over eight weeks.

Course provides at least 29.25 hours of CME credit.
CHSC continuing education courses are offered at no cost to CHSC healthcare professionals and active CHSC volunteers serving with the CHSC Reserve Corps.

Course Faculty

Our course faculty collectively have decades of experience practicing and improving the quality of care in low-resource settings around the world.

Participants will encounter strategies to improve the quality of care within their own practice in a case-based format.

Course Facilitator: Dr. Sarah Pruitt

Sarah Pruitt

PHd, do, mcs

Sarah is a board-certified ER physician who graduated from the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and then completed residency training at the Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA in 2011. She was awarded her PhD from Virginia Tech in Health Promotion with an emphasis on international health and completed her dissertation on HIV awareness and education in El Salvador in 2009. She has worked extensively around the world in low resource settings and has been a part of medical care in over 20 different countries, having engaged in several disaster responses including natural disasters and infectious outbreaks. She spent the last 6 years serving and working at the Hospital of Hope in Togo, West Africa as a staff physician. She has completed her Masters in Disaster Healthcare from the University of South Wales and has a passion to see high-quality care delivered, regardless of the setting. Her goal is to elevate the care that mission hospitals deliver through this new partnership with CHSC. “Quality care everywhere is achievable, and we exist to come alongside others to make this a reality. For we are all made in the image of God and what better way to honor that than to strive to deliver the very best care possible in each setting.”

Course Presenters:

Gregory D Seager

Gregory Seager


Greg holds a master’s in nursing and healthcare leadership from The George Washington University. His graduate thesis project was on patient safety in global health. Greg is a member of the Christian CEO peer group C12. Greg is a frequent keynote speaker on global health and international health development. His book When Healthcare Hurts: An Evidence Based Guide for Best Practices in Global Health Initiatives is the first book to look seriously at the challenges of supporting both patient safety and human dignity in global health volunteer work. It defines evidence-based guidelines through which we can address these issues.

Kelly Frazier


Kelly is a US Board Certified Pediatrician who completed training and residency at the University of Louisville. After residency she spent two years in Tsiko, Togo at the Hôpital Baptiste Biblique through Samaritan’s Purse’s Post-Residency program. At the completion of that program, she joined ABWE as a full-time medical missionary to serve at the Hospital of Hope in Mango, Togo. During her nine years in long-term missions she specialized in neonatal care and pediatric cancer care in the Low and Middle-Income Country (LMIC) setting. During this time she was also able to care for people with infectious diseases including Lassa Fever and Ebola. “I want to come alongside medical workers to teach, encourage and equip, so that we can together see quality healthcare reach those most in need, for the honor of Christ and His witness to the nations.”

Jody Collinge

md, Ctropmed, Msc

The Lord used a benign brain tumor to call Dr. Collinge into medicine. She graduated from the College of Wooster and later from SUNY Upstate Medical Center, where she completed her pediatrics residency.  Dr. Collinge was in practice as a pediatrician in Saratoga Springs, New York, until the Lord called her to be a medical missionary in Mexico. She was the Area Coordinator for Mexico with Medical Ambassadors International and now serves as a Community Health Evangelism (CHE) consultant in charge of curriculum development with the Global CHE Network. Jody is certified in Tropical Medicine and Travel Medicine with ASTMH; she also has a MSC in Infectious Disease with the University of London. She has been actively involved in the development of the Global CHE Network as well as in the development of Children’s CHE ministries. 

Jessee Bustinza


Dr. Jessee Bustinza is a general pediatrician at Christian Health Service Corps.  She is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Bustinza received her B.S. in Nursing degree from Oral Roberts University, her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University and completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. In 2018, Dr. Bustinza established a pediatric malnutrition program in rural Mexico designed to meet the needs of an indigenous community known for its high childhood mortality rate. She enjoys training health care workers on the management of childhood malnutrition in resource-limited settings.


Jerry Koleski


Jessica Winston


Jessica began working as a Physician Assistant in Family Medicine in 2016 after graduating from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She became a believer at a young age and has had incredible opportunities to travel and see the Lord work on multiple continents. She has always felt the Lord pulling her toward working overseas and moved to Ethiopia in 2019 for an internship in tropical medicine. She has plans to continue working overseas in the fall of 2020 by joining the team at Mukinge Mission Hospital in Zambia. Jessica lives to hear other people’s stories and would love to connect with you and hear your own faith journey.

The AAFP has reviewed Global Health and Tropical Medicine Overview – Online and deemed it acceptable for up to 29.25 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 06/06/2023 to 07/22/2023. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course dates:
June 6- July 22, 2023

Course Overview

  • Best Evidence-Based Practice in Global Health
  • Overview of WHO International Guidelines/ IMCI
  • IMCI Approach to Cough/Difficulty Breathing
  • IMCI Approach to Diarrhea
  • IMCI Approach to Fever
  • IMCI Approach to Sick Infants & Well Children
  • Overview of World Health Problems & Trop Med
  • Newborn Care/ Bubble CPAP
  • Introduction to Case-Based Learning
  • Sample Tropical Medicine Case
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Surgery in the Tropics
  • Vaccine-Preventable Diseases-Based
  • Ethical Considerations in International Practice
  • Pharmacology Considerations in Intl Practice
  • Fever in the Tropics
  • Tropical Diseases Affecting the Neuro System
  • Diagnosis of Malnutrition
  • Management of Malnutrition
  • Tropical Diseases Affecting the CV System
  • Tropical Diseases Affecting the Pulmonary System
  • Parasites
  • Staying Safe/Traveler’s Health

Course Contact

For questions regarding this course contact us: [email protected]

Phone: 903-962-4000

For questions regarding financials or registration, please contact:

Candi Seager CFO

[email protected]

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