Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship

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Dr. Bollman in Rwanda: Global Emergency Medicine Program

The Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC)/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship (Global EMF) is one of the oldest EM fellowship programs in the country, founded in 2006. Since 2014, the CUIMC Global EMF program has partnered with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières-USA (MSF) to deliver emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care around the world.

This fellowship places an emphasis on sending emergency physicians to work in post-conflict and post-disaster areas, as well as active humanitarian emergency zones. In addition, there is a focus on public health, formative research, and health systems development through Columbia University as well as non-governmental organizations, Ministries of Health, and United Nations agencies. The Columbia University Global EMF offers their physician Fellows immersive clinical, academic, leadership, administrative, and organizational opportunities.

Our two-year program parallels in-depth clinical and public health work in global settings with a Master of Public Health (MPH) in the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health’s  Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health Department in the Program on Forced Migration and Health with a Public Health and Humanitarian Action Certificate (PHHA). The fellows are prepared to assume leadership roles in both the humanitarian space as well as in acute care health systems strengthening by acquiring clinical, academic, organizational, research, administrative, and communication skills.

Interested candidates may also learn more about the program through the Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship website and the GEM Fellowship Website.

Please note that to apply, you need to email all 4 parts of your applications to both:

Please enclose the following in your application: 

  1. A letter of interest (why you are interested in our CU fellowship in particular – please be specific)
  2. A one-page personal statement (include your fellowship goals, research interests, and post-fellowship goals)
  3. Curriculum vitae (please include email and cell phone number).
  4. Three (3) letters of reference
    1. Two of your letters of recommendation should describe your personality and clinical acumen. (Please do not reiterate your global health background unless they worked with you in the field)
      1. One should be from the current Residency Program Director 
      2. One of your letters should describe your research, teaching, service, or advocacy work. 

We seek applicants who embrace and reflect diversity in the broadest sense. Columbia University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.