Social Emergency Medicine and Population Health

The Stanford Social Emergency Medicine and Population Health Fellowship is a one-year program with an optional second year available for applicants interested in obtaining a Masters in Public Health or Health Services Research.

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 patients. 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.

Goals and Objectives

The overarching goal of the fellowship is to train physician researchers and educators dedicated to examining the complex interplay between societal structures, community well-being, and the practice of emergency medicine in order to identify highly impactful points of intervention in the social structures that determine health and disease and in the systems of acute care delivery.

Objective 1: To support and mentor fellows in initiating a career dedicated to examining the complex interactions between emergency medicine and the social forces that impact the health and well being of our patients and communities.

    • Fellows will be mentored as they develop a novel project with a research component. The project will culminate in abstract submission and presentation at a national meeting, manuscript completion and application for grant funding.
    • Fellows will have access to physicians, health policy researchers, economists and social scientists working to identify the healthcare and health-related social needs of vulnerable populations presenting to EDs and to design comprehensive health interventions.
    • Fellows will be offered enrollment in an intensive one-week research methodology course; additionally she or he will have opportunities to audit Stanford courses, which address content-specific aspects of population health or research methods. Individual course access is available regardless of the decision to pursue a degree program.
    • Fellows will develop skills to evaluate social determinants of health in community-based research; including knowledge of principles and theoretical frameworks, as well methods of planning, implementing and evaluating this research.
    • Fellows will be offered grant writing support and supervision to ensure continuation of her or his work beyond the fellowship.

    • Fellows will aid in the evolution, curriculum development and teaching of the Social Emergency Medicine service-learning course for Stanford undergraduate students.
    • Fellows will help to disseminate research findings and social EM best practices by delivering grand round lectures on the topic of their chosen research.

Objective 2: To create a nexus around which researchers from the fields of clinical medicine, health policy, social science, economics and community service provision may collaborate to design, implement, and evaluate strategic interventions.

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Contact Us

For any questions regarding the fellowship, please contact:

N. Ewen Wang, MD
Clinical Professor
Associate Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Director, Social Emergency Medicine Fellowship
E-Mail: N. Ewen Wang

Ayesha Khan, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Social Emergency Medicine Fellowship
E-Mail: Ayesha Khan

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

Mission Statement

Our vision is to be at the forefront of emergency medical care by actively engaging our patients, community and healthcare system, while fostering a vibrant and balanced environment for our faculty and learners.

Our success is driven by the finest clinicians, researchers, and educators and their pursuit of state-of-the-art clinical care, transformative research, dynamic education, and compassionate service to our communities, at home and abroad.