Emergency care systems play a vital role in the health care of a country, and yet, many developing nations struggle to provide emergency medical care, and lack infrastructure and adequate emergency medical personnel training. Furthermore, EM is often not recognized as a medical specialty overseas.
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 partner with local governments, NGOs, private organizations, and international aid agencies on a number of projects, including:
emergency medicine education
rural health initiatives,
trauma system development
Stanford Emergency Medicine International and the global health fellowship program focus on human development through education, emergency care systems strengthening, and research.
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.
Participation in residency and departmental activities is required, offering fellows opportunity to hone 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.
Fellows combine clinical shifts in an academic teaching hospital with didactics.
Fellows are required to work 8 shifts per month (approximately 16 hours per week) as Attending Physician in the emergency department (ED) at Stanford University Hospital, with an academic appointment of Clinical Instructor in the Clinician Educator Line at Stanford University.
While attending in the ED, fellows supervise residents and medical students.
Clinical time is spent at Stanford University Hospital which is a world-renowned medical center. It is a Level 1 Adult and Pediatric trauma center with aero-medical transport. The diverse and high acuity patient population provides an excellent opportunity to continue to master clinical skills.
Fellows have the option to work as attendings in the ED of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC). SCVMC is also a level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center, serving the San Jose regional area. SCVMC is part of the County medical system and serves a diverse population of patients.
All fellows must be ABEM board certified/eligible.
Research and Program Development
In addition to participating in department ventures, fellows also initiate an independent research project or development of a new global EM program.
Mentorship is 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.