The University of Colorado Fellowship in Global Emergency Medicine seeks to prepare emergency physicians to effectively participate in global health by providing training in the foundations of emergency medicine education, emergency systems development, humanitarian assistance, disaster management, community and public health, travel and ﬁeld medicine, and program management.
Training and Mentorship
The fellowship is a 12 month (without obtaining an MPH) or 24 month (with obtaining an MPH) graduate medical education program designed to train fellows in global emergency medicine concepts, provide the field experience in application of these concepts, and to provide research skills necessary to become an academic clinician with a specialty in global emergency medicine.
In addition to the MPH, the fellow will receive a formalized curriculum and receive mentorship from the core faculty of the department’s Global Emergency Care Initiative. Please visit our website here: http://coloradoglobalem.org
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1. EM systems development in low income countries: Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in building EM systems capacity for low-resource settings in collaboration with the World Health Organization Acute Care Division as well as the African Federation of Emergency Medicine. Current projects include implementation of EM clinical pathways in Zambia as well as development and implementation of basic emergency courses in Zambia, Tanzania, and other sites in Sub-Saharan Africa. Fellows will have the opportunity as well to become facilitators for the WHO Basic Emergency Care course, to participate in both teaching of the course and training other “trainers” to administer the course in numerous global locations.
2. Fellows interested in global health policy and advocacy have an opportunity to work at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland as a consultant for the Emergency, Trauma, and Acute Care Programme.
3. South Africa: Fellows will have the opportunity to join a clinical and research program that has been in place for more than ten years. First hand exposure to the maturing of Emergency Medicine as a specialty in a resource limited setting will be gained through clinical work in emergency medicine run units at various levels throughout the health system. Opportunities for developing new research projects or joining one of several already in progress are plentiful. Current research projects include study of penetrating trauma to the chest in tuberculosis patients, ultrasonography for penetrating trauma in resource limited settings, pre-hospital airway management, and ultrasound curricular development in resource limited settings.
4. Ghana: Fellows will have an opportunity to participate in an emergency medicine and EMS capacity building in Ghana under the direction and discretion of assistant professor Dr. Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman.
5. Guatemala: Fellows can work in collaboration with the Colorado School of Public Health in the Trifino region of western Guatemala. Current projects include administration and evaluation of the Community First Aid Responder (CFAR) and the BEC courses, as well as ongoing needs assessment and pilot programs focused on EM systems capacity building in the region.
6. Fellows will develop a project of their own over the 1 or 2 year period of the fellowship, including project concept, development, administration, evaluation, and funding, if applicable. The individual project can be at an established program site or a new location of their choosing. Fellows may choose from a wide range of activities and are encouraged to draw from one or more of the emergency medicine-related disciplines available at Denver Health/UCD, such as clinical or public health research. disaster preparedness and response, education and capacity building, emergency medical systems, ultrasound, high altitude/wilderness, and administration and EM development. The fellow will receive ongoing mentorship, feedback, and assistance from the fellowship director(s) as well as other faculty whose expertise is relevant.
Fellows will have a faculty appointment at the University of Colorado School of Medicine as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Clinical responsibilities will occur throughout the fellowship but can be grouped within reason and at the ultimate discretion of the staff scheduler to allow travel for fellowship-related activities.
Fellows will act as both teaching and non-teaching attendings and, while working as the latter, are expected to provide bedside teaching to EM residents as well as those from other specialties and rotating medical students.
Moonlighting is permitted within the University of Colorado system.