Columbia University Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship

The Columbia University Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship (CU Global EMF) country's first Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship program. Since its inception in 2006, this competitive program prepares the practicing physician to assume a leadership role in global health and humanitarian action. We train Emergency Physicians to become thought leaders in data-informed health systems strengthening, humanitarian action, and disaster response through research, service, and policy change.  The CU Global EMF has produced leaders of global health in the WHO, Global Health Cluster, IRC, MSF, IMC, CDC, Ministries of Health, and Emergency Medicine programs worldwide.

The CU Global EM Fellowship has a history of training emergency physician educators, implementors, and researchers to decrease health disparities for vulnerable populations in settings with limited health resources. We approach these challenges through a data-driven, social determinants of health (social EM) approach to ensure health equity and justice.   We produce global health leaders who approach public health problem-solving using mixed methods, implementation science to impact the global health system strengthening and humanitarian programs, effective advocacy, and impact policy. 

The CU Global EMF is a two-year program that combines in-depth clinical and public health work in low health-resource settings. Fellows enroll in a Master of Public Health (MPH) in the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health (Pop Fam), under the Forced Migration and Health program. It enables fellows to:

2 Positions to Start July 1, 2022

Fellowship Experience

Each Fellow conducts approximately six months of fieldwork over the two years, working 796 - 846 hours per year as an Instructor of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP)/ Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) /Allen Hospital Emergency Department (ED). The NYP/CUIMC ED serves the underserved population of Washington Heights NYC, a predominantly low-income, Latinx community in northern Manhattan.  Also, it serves as the ED for CUIMC, a major medical center providing tertiary healthcare services to the New York Tri-State area.  It serves as one of two primary teaching sites for the NYP Emergency Medicine Residency Program.  The Allen Hospital is NYP's community hospital in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan.  At this site, both adult and pediatric patients can receive care from the same faculty as is found at CUMC.
In addition to understanding approaches to global public health systems, our fellows gain rich experience in humanitarian, disaster, and conflict-affected settings and the response to epidemic outbreaks. Fellows have been placed in organizations including MSF, IRC, WHO, IMC, and UNICEF. Recent fellows' fieldwork includes the following illustrative examples:
Columbia University provides a comprehensive package of benefits designed to allow eligible faculty and staff to create a program suited to your needs and those of your family. Depending on your eligibility, the University offers healthcare coverage, dental coverage, flexible spending accounts, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), pre-tax transit and parking reimbursement, retirement benefits, tuition programs, and more. Finally, with the approval of the fellowship director, there is up to $10,000 worth of fieldwork/CME available annually.

Fellowship Curriculum

In addition to conducting clinical work during their first year, the Global EMFs are offered the ICRC Health Emergencies in Large Populations (HELP) Course and matriculate in the CU MSPH MPH Program.  The fellows enroll in the MSPH MPH Public Health and Humanitarian Action Certificate (PHHA) in the Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health (Pop Fam Department).
The second year focuses more on fieldwork. Many fellows gain rich acute health systems strengthening work with the Columbia University's Pop Fam Department's sidHARTe – Strengthening Emergency Systems Program.  Here, the fellows hone programmatic and technical public health research skills through collaboration with local and global institutions at the government, university, and policy level. Since 2006 the fellows have worked on various aspects of complex adaptive systems implementation research as well as cascading capacity building in Ghana, Rwanda, and India.
The CU Global EMF fellowship also places emphasis on public health approaches to complex adaptive systems strengthening and research. Through structured learning in the MPH Program, we emphasize interdisciplinary, practice-based research, and education. Additionally, through the PHHA Certificate, students learn the most current needs of international humanitarian organizations and develop the skills necessary to succeed in complex emergencies, fragile states, and post-conflict environments. Located in New York City, both faculty and staff are connected to extensive humanitarian, human rights, and health networks locally and around the world. 


Project Name & Description Details

sidHARTe - Strengthening Emergency Systems Program

sidHARTe partners to provide timely, accessible, high-quality acute care systems in resource limited settings worldwide Details

Ben Kaufman

Global EM Fellow 2020

Hayes Wong

Global EM Fellow 2018

Charlotte Roy

Global EM Fellow 2021

Alyssa Green

Global EM Fellow 2019

Timothy Depp

Global EM Fellow 2020

Trina Helderman

Global EM Fellow 2009

Makini Chisolm-Straker

Global EM Fellow 2015

Craig Spencer

Global EM Fellow 2013

Eric Cioe

Global EM Fellows 2015

Jonathan Lee

Global EM Fellow 2017

Andrea Tenner

Global EM Fellows 2012

Cara Taubman

Global EM Fellow 2016

Mary Choi

Global EM Fellow 2011

Tsion Firew

Global EM Fellow 2017

Tim Tran

Global EM Fellows 2014

Aaron Hultgren

Global EM Fellow 2012

Deepti Thomas

Global EM Fellow 2008

Hillary Cohen

Global EM Fellow 2008

Solomon Kuah

Global EM Fellow 2009

Jeffrey Kinyon

Global EM Fellow 2010

Dziwe Ntaba

Global EM Fellow 2013

Shama Patel

Global EM Fellow 2019

E. Brennan Bollman

Global EM Fellow 2021

Sonya Stokes

Global EM Fellow 2018


Program Director
Rachel Moresky
Director of Columbia University Global Emergency Medicine

Rachel T. Moresky, MD, MPH, FACEP is an Associate Professor of Public Health, Heilbrunn Population, and Family Health at Columbia University Mailma...

Faculty / Admin
Lisa Brooks McDonald
Medical Education Manager


Candidates for the fellowship must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency in Emergency Medicine. The fellow will serve as an attending at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The salary is very competitive: benefits, tuition fees for the MPH, the Humanitarian Emergencies of Large Populations (HELP) course, travel expenses, and stipends are provided by the fellowship.

Application Requirements

Please upload all documents to the website: 1. A letter of interest (why you are interested in our CU Fellowship in particular – please be specific) 2. A one-page personal statement (include your fellowship goals, research interests and post fellowship goals) 3. THREE letters of reference (please follow website directions at: and have your letter writers email LORs to Lisa Brooks-McDonald and Dr. Rachel Moresky a. TWO of your letters of recommendation should describe your personality and clinical acumen in detail (NOT reiterate your global health background unless they worked with you in the field) i. ONE should be from the current Residency Program Director. ii. ONE of your letters should describe your research, teaching, service, or advocacy work. 4. Curriculum vitae (please include email and mobile phone number).

Application Timeline

Application Deadline: September 30, 2021 Interviews will be conducted virtually on October 18, 2021 Match Date: November 17, 2021 Noon EST.

Interested Candidates

At this time we are not accepting H1-B visa applicants. We do not sponsor J-1 visa applicants. You may apply to our fellowship by registering through the GEM Fellowship website at: and uploading ALL required documents to the GEM Fellowship website. If you have any issue with regards to uploading please email Lisa Brooks-McDonald and Dr. Rachel Moresky.

Important Dates

Applications may only be submitted between
Jun 01, 2021 at 08:00AM and Sep 30, 2021 at 05:00PM

Application Deadline : Sep 30, 2021

The application deadline is September 30, 2021.

Interview Date : Oct 18, 2021

Our fellowship interviews will be held virtually on Monday, October 18, 2021. Match Date: November 17, 2021 Noon EST.