Columbia University Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship

The Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC)/ NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship (Global EMF) Program is interviewing for two positions this year. As one of the oldest programs, we assert some of the most consistently diverse opportunities for Global EM Fellows.

Many of our Columbia University Global EMF alumni are currently Directors of other Global EMF Programs, leaders in the global health systems and humanitarian space at the practice and policy level. We accept one to two fellows in each class, for a two-year program that parallels in-depth clinical and global public health work with a Master of Public Health (MPH), at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (CU MSPH).

The fellows are prepared to assume leadership roles in developing and evaluating complex adaptive health systems and humanitarian space by strengthening clinical, academic, organizational, research, administrative, and communication skills in the Program on Forced Migration and Health under the Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health.

2 Positions to Start July 1, 2020

Fellowship Experience

The NYP/CUIMC ED serves the underserved population of Washington Heights NYC, a predominantly low income, Latin community in Northern Manhattan. In addition, it serves as the ED for CUMC, a major medical center providing healthcare tertiary care services to the Tri-State NY metropolitan region. 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 section of Manhattan. At this site, both adult and pediatric patients can receive care from the same faculty as is found at CUMC.

During the first year, in addition to conducting clinical work, the Global EMFs take the ICRC Health Emergencies in Large Populations (HELP) Course, matriculate in CU MSPH MPH Program. The Fellow’s enroll in the Public Health and Humanitarian Assistance Certificate, under the Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health (Pop Fam Department).

The second-year focuses more on fieldwork. Many fellows gain rich acute care health systems strengthening work with the Columbia University’s Pop Fam Departments; sidHARTe – Strengthening Emergency Systems Program. Here, the Fellows’ hone programmatic and technical public health research skills through collaborating with local and global institutions, at the government, university, and policy level.

Over the past 13 years, fellows have worked on various aspects of complex adaptive systems research and service through as well as cascading capacity building in Ghana, Rwanda, and India. In addition to understanding approaches to global public health systems, our fellows gain experience in humanitarian, disaster, conflict-affected settings and the response to epidemic outbreaks. Fellows have been placed in organizations including MSF, IRC, WHO, IMC, and UNICEF, working mainly in humanitarian crises. Recent fellows’ fieldwork includes: 

We have been fortunate to work in partnership with various organizations like IRC, WHO, and MSF.

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. In addition, there is up to $10,000 worth of CME/fieldwork money available to each fellow, with the approval of the fellowship director.

Each fellow conducts approximately six months of fieldwork over the two years, working 805-855 hours as an Instructor 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)

Fellowship Curriculum

This fellowship places an emphasis on public heath approaches to complex adaptive systems strengthening and research. Through structured learning in the MPH Program, we emphasized interdisciplinary, practice-based research and education. Additionally, through the Public Health and Humanitarian Assistance Certificate (see course details). 

This helps our students prepare to become technically competent public health professionals who understand the global dynamics of acute and complex emergencies, including the continuum of care from prevention and risk reduction to emergency response, and the transition to development. There is an emphasis with both systems and humanitarian health to collaborate as Columbia University technical assistance, non-governmental organizations, Ministries of Health, and United Nations agencies. Being located in New York City both faculty and staff are connected to extensive humanitarian, human rights, and health networks locally and around the world. Fellows experience an immersive clinical, academic, leadership, administrative, and organizational opportunities.

Alyssa Green

Global EM Fellow 2019

Tsion Firew

Global EM Fellow 2017

Mary Choi

Global EM Fellow 2011

Hayes Wong

Global EM Fellow 2018

Jonathan Lee

Global EM Fellow 2017

Application Requirements

1. A letter of interest (why you are interested in our fellowship in particular) 2. A brief personal statement (include short- and long-term goals and possible fellowship research project) 3. Three letters of reference (one from current chairperson or residency director) sent electronically directly from letter-writers. At least one of your letters of recommendation should describe your clinical skills. At least one of your letters should describe your research, teaching, and/or service experience. 4. A curriculum vitae (please include email and mobile phone number)

Application Timeline

Application Deadline: September 30th Interviews will be conducted on October 19, 2020 Offers will go out on Monday, November 9, 2020 Selected fellows must also apply separately to the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health ( by January 15 through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) at

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.


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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Important Dates

Application Deadline | 2019-09-30

The application deadline is September 30, 2019.

Interview Date | 2020-10-19

Our fellowship interview day will be held on October 19, 2020.

Offer Date | 2020-11-09

The offer date will be on the second Monday of November.


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