International Emergency Medicine Fellowship

The International Emergency Medicine Fellowship prepares leaders in international health and international emergency systems.  Fellows develop skills in humanitarian aid and disaster response, emergency systems development, health program administration and funding, cross-cultural collaboration, international public health, and human rights.

The fellowship program is designed for those seeking a career in academic international emergency medicine and/or medical leadership and research in international health organizations.  During the two-year program (one year for applicants with an MPH degree) fellows will: 

  • Actively participate in international field projects
    Fellows gain firsthand experience in disaster response, EM development, refugee medicine, public health, human rights, travel medicine, and emergency medical provider training in both developed and underdeveloped countries.  A broad range of international experience is a hallmark of the program. 
  • Develop a strong knowledge base in international public health
    Fellows earn a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. In addition, fellows complete the Humanitarian Response Intensive Course and the International Committee of the Red Cross's two-week HELP Course.
  • Conduct research in international emergency medicine
    Fellows may join ongoing faculty research projects or spearhead individual projects in their areas of interest.  As affiliates of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, fellows have access to faculty, research, and training resources throughout the university.
  • Obtain a working knowledge of university, governmental, and non-governmental international health organizations
    Through field experience and the fellowship's network of partner organization (including the International Rescue Committee, Oxfam, Save the Children, CARE, Red Cross/Red Cresent, Doctors Without Borders, Physicians for Human Rights, and others) fellows learn to navigate the complex field of global health.  
  • Learn to develop, fund, and sustain international programs
    Experience writing grant proposals for individual projects is strongly
    encouraged and fully supported within the fellowship. 
  • Maintain clinical skills in emergency medicine
    Fellows supervise Harvard residents in the emergency department of Brigham and Women's Hospital, a Level I Trauma and Burn Center with over 60,000 emergency visits per year.

Application Requirements

Successful applicants must be board certified or board eligible in emergency medicine when they begin the fellowship.  To apply, please submit the following materials by September 29, 2017 at 12 pm ET. (See application form & description for details):

  1. Application form

  2. Letter of Interest

  3. CV

  4. Personal statement

  5. Three letters of recommendations (one from residency director or current chairman)

  6. Official USMLE transcript

Applications can be submitted at the International Emergency Medicine Fellowships website.

In addition, candidates must apply separately to the MPH program of the Harvard School of Public Health by the December 1 deadline (see ).

For more information, please contact:
Sean Kivlehan, MD, MPH 
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
75 Francis Street, Neville House
Boston, MA  02115
Tel: 617.732.5813
Fax 617.713.3060


  1. IEM Fellowship Description
  2. IEM Fellowship Application Form


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