Emergency Medicine

Stanford International Emergency Medicine Fellowship


Recognition of the vital role emergency medical providers play in the health care of a country has prompted a burgeoning interest in International Emergency Medicine (EM).  Many developing nations struggle to provide emergency medical care to their citizens.  Adequate infrastructure is often lacking, and even in areas with significant financial and medical resources, emergency medical personnel training is limited.  Furthermore, EM is often not recognized as a medical specialty overseas, making it unfeasible for interested care providers to obtain the skills required to deliver effective care. 

The Stanford International Emergency Medicine Fellowship is a 1-year program with an optional 2nd year for obtaining an MPH that provides fellows with a wide range of experiences and opportunities. Fellows build the skills necessary to work in developing nations and participate in a variety of ongoing international health programs, helping them focus their future careers.  Stanford EM faculty are actively involved in a variety of projects including EMS development, emergency medicine education, rural health initiatives, disaster relief, and trauma system development.

Goals and Programs

Maha DreamsFellowship goals follow the outlines put forth by the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians.  Focus is on the development of necessary skills to work in cooperation with local health care providers and government officials to assess international health care systems and identify pertinent emergency medical health issues.  After identifying the needs of the local community, fellows will learn to develop, implement, and integrate programs that address these challenges.  The fellow’s specific areas of interest will dictate the core activities. 

Stanford faculty members are actively involved in a variety of ongoing international projects.  Areas include, but are not limited to, emergency medical services, disaster relief, rural medical clinics and village health-aid education programs, and trauma system development.  Training and education are integral components of Stanford’s international development programs and areas of concentration of the fellowship directors. 


S.V. Mahadevan
Matthew Strehlow
Rebecca Walker
Joseph Becker
Suzanne Lippert
Ayesha Khan
Peter Acker

Current & recent international endeavors:

Research and Development

Airway  In addition to participation in ongoing departmental ventures, an independent research project or development of a new international program is required for completion of the fellowship.  Assistance will be provided by the fellowship directors and other available faculty.  Accessing available funding sources is a vital skill in implementing international EM programs and, therefore, attaining funding for the fellow-directed research or program is the responsibility of the fellow.


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International EM fellows’ salaries are covered by working as clinical instructors in Stanford’s Emergency Department (ED).  Stanford Hospital is part of a world-renowned medical center and home to a Level I trauma center with aero-medical transport.  Additionally, fellows will provide attending physician coverage in the Stanford/Lucile Packard Pediatric ED.  The diverse, high acuity patient populations at Stanford and Lucile Packard challenge fellows to continue mastering their clinical skills.  The expected work obligation is 16 to 20 hours per week in the ED.

Educational Activities

CairoParticipation in residency & departmental activities is required; offering the fellow the opportunity to hone their academic, teaching, and presenting skills.  This involvement includes resident & medical student education; both within the Stanford Emergency Department and at core lectures.  Fellows lecture regularly on internationally-related topics at the Stanford - Kaiser EM residency program conferences; and may be invited to present at international conferences or symposia.

International Emergency Medicine Fellows

            2005   Matthew Strehlow
            2007   Alice Chiao
            2008   Uta Shimizu
                       Rebecca Walker
            2009   Joe Becker
                       Suzanne Lippert
            2010   Scott Bradley
                       Jennifer Kanapicki
            2011   Daniel Grossman
                       Ayesha Khan
            2012   Beau Briese
                       Ben Constance
                       Lusana Schutz
            2013   Peter Acker
                       Danielle Mianzo
            2014   Tina Dennison
                       Corey Bills

Fellowship Links

Stanford Emergency Medicine International  

International Emergency Medicine Fellowships

Application Process

1. Graduation from an accredited U.S. Emergency Medicine residency program is required. 
2. Current curriculum vitae and three letter of recommendation (one from your program director).

For further information regarding the fellowship and the application process please contact:

Matthew Strehlow, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery/Emergency Medicine
Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery
Stanford University School of Medicine
E-Mail: strehlow@stanford.edu

S. V. Mahadevan, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor of Surgery/Emergency Medicine
Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery
Stanford University School of Medicine
E-mail: s.mahadevan@stanford.edu


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