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The Humanitarian Side of Emergency Medicine

Perhaps you´ve been asked why you´d like to study emergency medicine before. Was it because of an interest in doing humanitarian work abroad?

Emergency medicine is one of the best specialties for humanitarian work and general career satisfaction and impact. It´s one of the few choices that encompasses all disciplines of medicine, and there are numerous ways to getting started on your path to a humanitarian career. Let´s look at a few here.

Augusta University´s International Humanitarian Medicine Program

At the Center of Operational Medicine at Augusta University, they run The International Humanitarian Medicine program, which allows Emergency Medicine residents the opportunity to travel to developing countries and provide medical care to people who just don´t have good access to modern medicine. You´ll be gone for 1-3 weeks for each trip, and might go somewhere like the Philippines, Thailand, Haiti or Dominican Republic.

Columbia University´s International Emergency Medicine Fellowships Partnership

The Columbia University Medical Center and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital International Emergency Medicine Fellowship run a two-year program that combines in-depth clinical and public health work in international setting with a Master of Public Health at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health Program in Forced Migration and Health.

The fellowship sends emergency physicians to post-conflict and post-disaster sites, and active humanitarian emergency zones. During the program, you´ll focus on public health, formative research and health systems development through the university, NGOs, ministries of health, and UN agencies. You´ll have the opportunity to benefit from immersive clinical, academic, leadership, administrative and organizational activities and responsibilities.

The fellowship has also agreed to partner with Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Fellows can now deliver emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and disasters at MSF´s facilities; collaborate on communicable disease outbreak preparedness, assessment, prevention and epidemic response and participate in the monitoring and evaluation of MSF programming impact through data-driven evaluation. You´ll conduct approximately 6-9 months of fieldwork during the two-year program at Columbia University. Here´s more about how to apply.

Brown University´s Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship

This fellowship is based in Providence, Rhode Island. It´s sponsored by the University Emergency Medicine Foundation (UEMF) and affiliated with the Brown University Alpert Medical School and School of Public Health. This two-year academic fellowship will provide you with a wealth of research mentoring opportunities, robust interdepartmental collaboration and rich clinical and teach experiences at home and abroad. As part of this fellowship, you can either earn a Maters of Public Health (MPH) or a Master´s of Science in Clinical and Translational Research (MSc) from Brown University or a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from an outside institution, depending on your long-term interests in this field.