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

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.

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.

Research and Development

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.

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

Participation 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.

Clinical Activities

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

            2015  Benjamin Lindquist
                         Kathryn Koval

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).

Contact Us

For any questions regarding the fellowship, please contact:

Matthew Strehlow, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Stanford EM International
Vice-Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine
E-Mail: Matthew Strehlow

Rebecca Walker, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Co-Director, Stanford EM International
E-Mail: Rebecca Walker

Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
Alway Building, M121
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305