Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship
UF Emergency Medicine

Physicians practicing Global Emergency Medicine (GEM) have a goal to improve worldwide health. A fellowship in Global Emergency Medicine trains emergency physicians to work in a multitude of settings and clinical environments around the world. Many emergency physicians specifically choose the specialty due to their desire to work internationally in low- and middle-income countries but realize that skills beyond clinical practice in a U.S. Emergency Department are needed to become an expert in Global Emergency Medicine.

Our fellowship focuses on developing the fellows’ research capacity with a strong focus on research training. Collaborative efforts are aimed at fostering the development of added local capacity at international partner sites.

What makes the UF Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship unique?

  • UF’s proximity to the Caribbean
  • UF’s contacts with hospitals and health systems in other countries which are comprehensive on multiple levels—clinical, quality improvement, research and research capacity development.
  • A strong focus on training in research and scholarship, specifically in the area of global health
  • Developing specific local capacity through special projects such as ultrasound development and prehospital care systems

The UF Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship provides the expert educational tools and international experiences that can pave the way for a future career working in global emergency medicine and making a true impact worldwide.

Program Description

This fellowship program functions in parallel with the existing EM residency program, as well as the fellowship programs in Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medical Services and Clinical Ultrasound. Both clinical and research projects with a focus in these areas are possible.

The program has a strong focus on global health research, with opportunities to join existing projects or develop own projects. Formal internal and external research training is part of the core curriculum.

The global EM fellow will receive dedicated training in neglected tropical diseases, applied public health and disaster management by content matter experts at the university and through external courses.

Fellows will be appointed as post doctorate clinical associates in the Department of Emergency Medicine. They will be working approximately 768 clinical hours/year (an average of 8 shifts a month). Fellows will receive 4 weeks of vacation and an option to earn additional income.

The goal of the fellowship is to train emergency physicians to expert levels in all aspects of global emergency care, including, but not limited to:

  • Clinical Competency and Expertise in Global Emergency Medicine
    • Providing clinical care in all aspects of EM in resource-limited settings
    • Development of clinical skills unique to the environment, including an in-depth understanding of tropical and neglected diseases with a dedicated tropical diseases lecture series
  • Educational and Teaching Competency and Expertise in Global Emergency Medicine
    The program will provide fellows with the skills to be proficient educators. These include:
    • Bedside teaching
    • Didactic sessions
    • Lectures and public speaking
    • Comprehensive Global Emergency Medicine courses
    • Review articles and book chapters
    • Cultural competency in teaching
  • Research Competency and Expertise in Global Emergency Medicine
    Development of research skills:
    • Study design
    • Performing research
    • Statistical analysis
    • Medical writing
    • Ongoing scientific discovery
    • Critical analysis of the literature
  • Administrative / Public Health Competency and Expertise in Global Emergency Medicine
    • Development of administrative skills
    • Acquisition of specific knowledge in the aspects of Global Emergency Medicine not related to direct patient care:
      • Basic public health education through courses and classes offered at UF and other through internationally recognized programs (e.g., ICRC Health Emergencies in Large Populations course)
      • Option to obtain advanced degrees, such as a Master degree at UF or Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine designation
    • Ongoing involvement in departmental administration
      • Quality assurance and improvement
      • Program design and administration
      • Interdepartmental politics
      • System maintenance
  • Advocacy Competency and Expertise in Global Emergency Medicine
    • Involvement in local, national and international organizations
    • Attendance of policy sessions at international meetings

Program Faculty

Dr. Torben K. Becker, Director of Global Health Programs

Dr. Torben Becker has worked in the field of Global Emergency Medicine for more than 15 years, in various roles, including clinical care, program development, and research in countries as diverse as Greece, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya and Haiti. He is the founding Program Director of the UF Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship. In addition, Drs. Holland, Zeretzke and Elie, all faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine, contribute additional experience and expertise in medical care in low-resource environments, with a particular focus on Haiti, prehospital care and pediatric emergency medicine. These faculty have a combined experience of over 40 years in the field of Global Emergency Medicine.

International Sites

The Department of Emergency Medicine has several established international partner sites with opportunities for clinical work, education and research. Our program’s focus is currently on partners in West Africa and Haiti.

Global Emergency Medicine Fellows will spend about three months at our international partner sites International work will include clinical activities, teaching and research. All travel is paid for by UF. The program includes paid attendance at the ICRC HELP Course in Baltimore or Geneva, Switzerland (application required).

Sample Curriculum Plan

  • July
    Training in cultural awareness, ethics of practice in low- and middle-income countries
    Purpose: Orientation/On-boarding
  • August
    International rotation #1 (two weeks)
    Purpose: Identify fellowship project at international site and develop fellowship project proposal
  • September
    Tropical Medicine lecture series
    Vacation (one week)
    Purpose: Field-specific knowledge acquisition and regulatory compliance for fellowship project
  • October International rotation #2 (two weeks)
    Purpose: Fellowship project implementation
  • November
    International rotation #3 (two weeks)
  • December
    Vacation (two weeks)
    International rotation #4 (1 week)
    Purpose: Fellowship project follow-up #1
  • January
    Health Emergencies in Large Populations course in Baltimore (two weeks – alternative: June course in Geneva)
    Purpose: Internationally recognized course in applied public health in disaster and low-resource settings
  • February
    International rotation #5 (two weeks)
    Purpose: Fellowship project follow-up #2
  • March
    International rotation #6 (two weeks)
    Purpose: Fellowship project wrap-up
  • April
    International rotation #7 (one week)
    Purpose: Fellowship project completion
  • May
    Attend Global Emergency Medicine Academy at Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting
    Vacation (one week)
    Purpose: Presentation of fellowship project results
  • June
    Administrative transition
    Completion of clinical hours
    Purpose: Completion of outstanding tasks

Career Outlook

Completion of the fellowship will provide the fellow with the requisite academic skills to be an effective clinician, researcher and teacher in the field of Global Emergency Medicine.

The UF Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship provides the expert educational tools and international experiences that can pave the way for a future career working in global health.

Current and Past Fellows

  • 2018-2019
    Ideen Zeinali, MD (now: Baylor College of Medicine)
  • 2020-2021
    Lindsay Beamon-Scott, MD

Contact us

Inquiries, questions and applications can be directed to Dr. Torben Becker at t.becker@ufl.edu. Applications should include two letters of recommendation (one from the resident program director if currently a resident), the applicant’s CV and a personal statement (not to exceed one page).