Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship


Recognition of the vital role emergency care systems play in the health care of a country has prompted a burgeoning interest in Global 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 Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship is a one-year program with an optional second year for obtaining an associated Masters degree (MPH, MEHP, Ms-PopH). 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. Emergency Medicine Faculty at Stanford are actively involved in a number of projects including EMS development, emergency medicine education, rural health initiatives, and trauma system development working in partnership with local governments, NGOs, private organizations, and international aid agencies (USAID, WHO, UNFPA, etc…) Stanford Emergency Medicine International and the global health fellowship program focus on human development through education, emergency care systems strengthening, and research.

Application Process

Graduation from an ACGME accredited residency program is required
1. Apply through the International Emergency Medicine Fellowships website. 
2. Visit our International Emergency Medicine Specialized Programs page to learn more about our work.
3. Contact Stacey Kimball for further questions.

Goals and Programs

Fellowship 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.

Research and Program Development

In addition to participation in ongoing departmental ventures, initiation of an independent research project or development of a new global EM program is required for completion of the fellowship. Mentorship will be provided by the fellowship directors and other appropriate faculty. An educational stipend is furnished to fellows however; accessing available funding sources is a vital skill in implementing global EM programs and therefore, attaining additional support for the fellow-directed research or program is the responsibility of the fellow.

Educational Activities

Participation in residency and departmental activities is required; offering the fellow the opportunity to hone their academic, teaching, and presenting skills. This involvement includes resident and medical student education; both within the Stanford Emergency Department and at core didactics. 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.

Clinical Activities

Global 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 Adult and Pediatric trauma center with aero-medical transport. 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 hours per week in the ED. All fellows must be ABEM board certified/eligible.

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  Corey Bills
                         Tina Dennison

            2015  Kathryn Koval
                         Benjamin Lindquist

Contact Us

For any questions regarding the fellowship, please contact:

Matthew Strehlow, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Global EM Fellowship
Interim Vice-Chairman,
Department of Emergency Medicine
E-Mail: Matthew Strehlow

Rebecca Walker, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Co-Director, Global EM Fellowship
E-Mail: Rebecca Walker

Stacey C. Kimball
International Programs Coordinator
E-Mail: Stacey C. Kimball

Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
Suite 350, 900 Welch Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94304
t: (650) 498-5220
f: (650) 723-0121

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