Columbia University Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship

The Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC)/New York-Presbyterian Hospital Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship (Columbia Global EMF) Program is interviewing for two fellowship positions this year. We train Emergency Physicians to become thought leaders in data-informed health systems strengthening, humanitarian action, and disaster response through research, service, and policy change. 
Founded in 2006, we have a long history of providing diverse opportunities for Columbia Global EM Fellows, which has directly informed their career opportunities and professional choices. Our fellows have benefited from a robust network of alumni leaders in global health in UN agencies, NGOs, government, and academia. Examples include the WHO, Global Health Cluster, IRC, MSF, IMC, CDC, sidHARTe, Ministries of Health and World Health Assembly, and Emergency Medicine programs worldwide. 
We accept two Columbia Global EM Fellows each year.  The Columbia Global EMF is a two-year program for those with or without a prior MPH degree. The Columbia Global EM Fellows enroll in a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (CU MSPH) in the Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health. Here the fellows are prepared to assume leadership roles in developing and evaluating complex adaptive health systems strengthening and effective and impactful humanitarian action.  We accomplish this by increasing the fellows' (implementation) research, program planning, research methods, academic, administrative, and communication skills.  

2 Positions to Start July 1, 2022

Fellowship Experience

Each Fellow conducts approximately six months of fieldwork over the two years, working 796 - 846 hours per year as an Instructor of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP)/ Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) /Allen Hospital Emergency Department (ED). The NYP/CUIMC ED serves the underserved population of Washington Heights NYC, a predominantly low-income, Latinx community in northern Manhattan.  Also, it serves as the ED for CUIMC, a major medical center providing tertiary healthcare services to the New York Tri-State area.  It serves as one of two primary teaching sites for the NYP Emergency Medicine Residency Program.  The Allen Hospital is NYP's community hospital in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan.  At this site, both adult and pediatric patients can receive care from the same faculty as is found at CUMC.
In addition to understanding approaches to global public health systems, our fellows gain rich experience in humanitarian, disaster, and conflict-affected settings and the response to epidemic outbreaks. Fellows have been placed in organizations including MSF, IRC, WHO, IMC, and UNICEF. Recent fellows' fieldwork includes the following illustrative examples:
Columbia University provides a comprehensive package of benefits designed to allow eligible faculty and staff to create a program suited to your needs and those of your family. Depending on your eligibility, the University offers healthcare coverage, dental coverage, flexible spending accounts, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), pre-tax transit and parking reimbursement, retirement benefits, tuition programs, and more. Finally, with the approval of the fellowship director, there is up to $10,000 worth of fieldwork/CME available annually.

Fellowship Curriculum

In addition to conducting clinical work during their first year, the Global EMFs are offered the ICRC Health Emergencies in Large Populations (HELP) Course and matriculate in the CU MSPH MPH Program.  The fellows enroll in the MSPH MPH Public Health and Humanitarian Action Certificate (PHHA) in the Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health (Pop Fam Department).
The second year focuses more on fieldwork. Many fellows gain rich acute health systems strengthening work with the Columbia University's Pop Fam Department's sidHARTe – Strengthening Emergency Systems Program.  Here, the fellows hone programmatic and technical public health research skills through collaboration with local and global institutions at the government, university, and policy level. Since 2006 the fellows have worked on various aspects of complex adaptive systems implementation research as well as cascading capacity building in Ghana, Rwanda, and India.
The CU Global EMF fellowship also places emphasis on public health approaches to complex adaptive systems strengthening and research. Through structured learning in the MPH Program, we emphasize interdisciplinary, practice-based research, and education. Additionally, through the PHHA Certificate, students learn the most current needs of international humanitarian organizations and develop the skills necessary to succeed in complex emergencies, fragile states, and post-conflict environments. Located in New York City, both faculty and staff are connected to extensive humanitarian, human rights, and health networks locally and around the world. 


Project Name & Description Details

sidHARTe - Strengthening Emergency Systems Program

sidHARTe partners to provide timely, accessible, high-quality acute care systems in resource limited settings worldwide Details

Ben Kaufman

Global EM Fellow 2020

Mary Choi

Global EM Fellow 2011

Charlotte Roy

Global EM Fellow 2021

Hayes Wong

Global EM Fellow 2018

Alyssa Green

Global EM Fellow 2019

Timothy Depp

Global EM Fellow 2020

Tsion Firew

Global EM Fellow 2017

Makini Chisolm-Straker

Global EM Fellow 2018

Trina Helderman

Global EM Fellow 2009

Craig Spencer

Global EM Fellow 2013

Jonathan Lee

Global EM Fellow 2017

Tim Tran

Global EM Fellows

Eric Cioe

Global EM Fellows 2015


Program Director
Rachel Moresky
Director of Columbia University Global Emergency Medicine

Rachel T. Moresky, MD, MPH, FACEP is an Associate Professor of Public Health, Heilbrunn Population, and Family Health at Columbia University Mailma...

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Faculty / Admin
Lisa Brooks-McDonald
Medical Education Coordinator

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Candidates for the fellowship must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency in Emergency Medicine. The fellow will serve as an attending at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The salary is very competitive: benefits, tuition fees for the MPH, the Humanitarian Emergencies of Large Populations (HELP) course, travel expenses, and stipends are provided by the fellowship.

Application Requirements

1. A letter of interest (why you are interested in our fellowship in particular – please be specific) 2. A brief personal statement (include short- and long-term goals and a possible fellowship research project) 3. Three letters of reference (one from a current chairperson or residency director; all letter should be sent electronically directly from letter-writers). a. Two of your letters should specifically describe your clinical acumen in detail. b. At least one of your letters should describe your research, teaching, and/or service experience. 4. Curriculum vitae (please include email, mobile phone number and citizenship status).

Application Timeline

Application Deadline: September 30, 2021 Interviews will be conducted virtually on October 18, 2021 Match Date: November 17, 2021 Noon EST.

Interested Candidates

You may apply to the fellowship by sending ALL application materials to Ms. Lisa Brooks-McDonald – CU Global EM, Medical Education Coordinator Please copy Dr. Rachel T. Moresky, CU Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director on all emails.

Important Dates

Applications may only be submitted between
Jun 01, 2021 at 08:00AM and Sep 30, 2021 at 05:00PM

Application Deadline : Sep 30, 2021

The application deadline is September 30, 2021.

Interview Date : Oct 18, 2021

Our fellowship interviews will be held virtually on Monday, October 18, 2021. Match Date: November 17, 2021 Noon EST.