Emergency Medicine

Social Emergency Medicine & Population Health Fellowship

The Stanford Social Emergency Medicine and Population Health fellowship is a 2-year program with an optional third year available for applicants interested in obtaining a Masters in Public Health at University of California at Berkeley or in Health Services Research at Stanford. Regardless of enrollment in a degree program, opportunities to audit Stanford courses are available. Fellows will be mentored as they develop a novel project with a research/evaluation component. The project will culminate in abstract submission, manuscript completion, and presentation at a national meeting. The Fellow will be expected to apply for extramural funding to support her research endeavors in year two. Emphasis is placed on the selection of applicants with a strong clinical background and a major interest in teaching and research in population health from the perspective of Emergency Medicine. Fellows will be appointed part time Clinical Instructors in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery.

Significance:   Emergency Departments (EDs) are our healthcare system’s safety nets, for medical as well as social needs. EDs remain the sole access to any medical care for those in need, 24/7, regardless of insurance status. Consequently, ED providers must daily go beyond their core role of providing acute care to confronting the social complexities that burden our patient. The ED has become a unique bridge to the public, and is a compelling site for community outreach and partnership, as well as clinical and health services research geared towards impacting population health and policy.

Mission:   To understand social determinants of health and disease from an ED perspective.  To identify health and social needs of vulnerable populations presenting to the ED.  To develop ED-focused interventions with community partners that impact the health of the public.

2013 Activities & Plans:

Research and Development:   Through the course of this fellowship, it is expected that Fellows will develop skills which will enable them to:
1. Understand the various social determinants of health in the community.
2. Evaluate these determinants in community-based research; including knowledge of principles and theoretical frameworks, as well methods of planning, implementing and evaluating this research.

Outcomes:  It is expected that Fellows will develop a research project which will culminate in an abstract submission and presentation at a national meeting; as well as its manuscript development.  The Fellow will need to apply for extramural funding to support their research endeavors. Faculty mentorship and grant writing assistance are provided to the Fellows as part of the educational portion of this fellowship. 

Prerequisites:  Candidates must have completed an ACGME-approved residency program in Emergency Medicine and be board certified/board eligible in Emergency Medicine. Prior to starting, the applicant must be licensed to practice medicine in the State of California. Emphasis is placed on selection of applicants with strong clinical backgrounds with a major interest in teaching, research and public health. 

Application Process:  Interested candidates should contact Dr. N Ewen Wang, Fellowship Program Director, prior to submitting an application. A personal letter outlining your goals and objectives for the Fellowship, a current Curriculum Vitae, and 3 letters of reference (including one from your Residency Director and one from your current Departmental Chair) are required.

For information about the Stanford Emergency Medicine Public Health Fellowship, or for questions regarding research opportunities related to Public Health at Stanford, please contact:

N. Ewen Wang, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
Associate Director Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Division of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University Medical Center
Alway Building; M121
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
t: 650-723-0757
f: 650-723-0121
Email: Ewen Wang

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