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Columbia University / NewYork Presbyterian Hospital International Emergency Medicine Fellowship


This fellowship will provide emergency medicine physicians with training in international aspects of emergency medicine, formal public health education, and in-field experience in international health by developing academic, clinical and administrative skills in international medicine.

The Columbia University Medical Center / NewYork Presbyterian Hospital International Emergency Medicine Fellowship (IEMF) is a two-year program designed to provide emergency physicians with the skills, knowledge and experiences to become professionals in the fields of humanitarian aid and international development. Utilizing the cumulative resources of Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Mailman School of Public Health, the program provides fellows with the clinical, academic and administrative skills to assume a leadership role in global health and humanitarian assistance.

Our program parallels in-depth clinical and public health work in international settings with a Master of Public Health in Public Health & Humanitarian Assistance. Since its inception in 2006, this competitive program is directed towards the practicing physician preparing to assume a leadership role in global health and humanitarian assistance.

The fellowship is particular in sending emergency physicians to work in post-conflict and post-disaster areas, as well as active humanitarian emergency zones. In addition, there is an emphasis 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 IEMF offers the physician immersive clinical, academic, leadership, administrative, and organizational opportunities.

We now have one of the longest-running fellowship programs in the country. We currently accept two fellows per class each year. Each fellow conducts approximately six to nine months of fieldwork over the two-year period.

Information about applying

In the recent past, our fellows have worked in:

Our programs fall into these tracks:

  • System Development
    • EM Trainer of Trainers
    • EMS Development
    • Disaster Mitigation
    • Direct Clinical Service Delivery - EM/Tropical Medicine
  • Humanitarian Relief
    • Disaster Response
    • Humanitarian Crisis - Complex Emergencies
  • Development
    • WHO projects
    • Working with Ministries of Health/Governments
General Goals of the Fellowship

The goal of the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship is to develop an area of expertise in public health and international emergency medicine for physicians interested in pursuing a career in international health practice and administration. Columbia University Medical Center/Center for Emergency Medicine, in collaboration with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) will allow the fellow to obtain a Masters of Public Health and develop specific expertise in international medical studies by working locally and abroad.

The goals of the fellowship training program are to assist the fellow in developing:

  1. Resource management and international health.
  2. Knowledge of public health issues pertaining to displaced populations in low income countries.
  3. In-field clinical experience in low income countries.
  4. Training in public health aspects of tropical medicine and infectious diseases.
  5. Administrative skills to develop and organize international programs of public health.
  6. Knowledge of public health issues as required by the MSPH, including epidemiology, and biostatistics.
Curriculum Structure

The curriculum will be divided into five specific areas:

  1. School of Public Health Cores: The academic curriculum will be structured around the core curriculum of the MSPH, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, sociomedical sciences, and environmental health.
  2. International Content: The fellow will participate in specific required course work in topics related to the health of displaced populations. He/she will also prepare grand rounds presentations and participate in lectures and teaching conferences. The fellow will also participate in lectures and presentations pertaining to international health at MSPH.
  3. International Field Work: The fellow will work abroad under the direction of the Fellowship Director; some of this work will be a part of their MSPH MPH-required practicum abroad. This clinical work may be spent in both low and middle income areas overseas. This practical experience will provide an opportunity to apply acquired skills in varied clinical settings. Field work will be arranged and coordinated by the fellow under the supervision of the Fellowship Director, and some field work practicum according to the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health's practicum guidelines. This will include hospital and clinic work in urban and rural settings overseas, including work with various Nongovernmental Organizations (like International Rescue Committee and Doctors without Borders). This experience is designed for the fellow to gain experience to function as independent personnel in the field of international emergency medicine, development, disaster medicine and humanitarian assistance.
  4. Research: Research will emphasize innovations in international health. Research methodology and implementation may be coordinated with faculty from the Columbia University Medical Center/Center for Emergency Medicine and the MSPH. Each fellow will be required to complete at least one research project in the field of international health of sufficient quality for publication, as part of their fellowship and Culminating Experience required for the their MPH.
  5. Clinical Emergency Medicine: The fellow will work as a member of the clinical faculty of the Columbia University Medical Center/Center for Emergency Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. The fellow will participate in all academic activities in the Department of Emergency Medicine, including grand rounds presentations, conferences and literature reviews.
Fellowship Competencies

Upon completion of the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship, the fellow will be able to:

  1. Successfully complete the requirements for the degree of Masters in Public Health (MPH) at MSPH
  2. Display knowledge of public health issues as they pertain to displaced populations in low-income countries. This will include work abroad and domestic educational opportunities.
  3. Display working knowledge of critical topics in international health.
  4. Conduct service-based research related to international health care.
  5. Integrate training in emergency medicine with international public health and apply acquired skills to clinical experience abroad.
Effective Dates

Beginning July 1 of the incoming year and continuing until June 30th of the second year or until terminated by either party upon six (6) months written notice. In the event of a termination, phase-out of the program will be completed in an orderly manner agreed to by both parties. The fellowship program will be reviewed biennially to include any fiscal or curriculum revisions.

Clinical Affiliations

The fellowship program will be administrated and based at the Columbia University Medical Center/Center for Emergency Medicine working at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and various clinical sites as determined prior to the fellowship commencement. Clinical emergency medical obligations will be fulfilled at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital or at an affiliated program as agreed upon by both parties. Clinical rotations in low income countries will be reviewed and approved by the Fellowship Director. The fellow's appointment will be as an Instructor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.


  • Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, Chief Executive, Columbia University Medical Center