Social Emergency Medicine
and Population Health Fellowship

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 are our healthcare system’s safety nets, for medical aand social needs, and are the sole access to any medical care for those in need, 24/7, regardless of insurance status. Consequently, emergency medicine providers must confront the social complexities that burden our patients.

The emergency department is a compelling site for community outreach and partnership, and clinical and health services research geared toward impacting population health and policy.

Goals and Objectives

The 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. Our fellows learn to identify interventions in social structures and in the systems of acute care delivery that determine health and disease.

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 are mentored as they develop a novel project with a research component. The project culminates in abstract submission and presentation at a national meeting, manuscript completion and application for grant funding.

Fellows 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 emergency departments and to design comprehensive health interventions.

Fellows can enroll in an intensive one-week research methodology course. Fellows may also 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 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 are offered grant writing support and supervision to ensure continuation of work beyond the fellowship.


Fellows aid in the evolution, curriculum development and teaching of the Social Emergency Medicine service-learning course for Stanford undergraduate students.

Fellows help to disseminate research findings and social emergency medicine 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.

Contact Us

Ayesha Khan, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
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

Social Emergency Medicine Specialized Program