The University of Chicago Medical Education Fellowship

Accepting applications for July 1, 2022 start!

Why Medical Education as a Global EM fellowship?

Low- and middle-income countries bear a disproportionate burden of acute injury and illness, a significant percentage of which may be intervened upon with accessible, timely, skilled emergency care.  In response to this demonstrated need for emergency care and Emergency Medicine programs, International Emergency Medicine/Global Health professionals have moved from direct provision of care to building capacity by partnering to help develop emergency care resources in these countries.  Among other contributions, EC/EM development requires appropriate, experienced and skilled teaching and training for local medical professionals. 

EM education and training is instrumental to advancing Emergency Care development, and sound development work mandates appropriate med-ed training

The University of Chicago Global Emergency Medicine Medical Education (GEM Med-Ed) fellowship aims to develop future global emergency care leaders by providing formal training in medical education curriculum design and execution, as well as experiential training through international medical educational leadership and program administration.

This two-year fellowship is comprised of clinical work in urban Chicago, field work in a limited resource region developing emergency care, a Master of Health Professions Education, and multiple opportunities to develop leadership skills and networking within the field of Global Emergency Medicine. Field experiences include educational collaborations with Partners in Health and the African Federation for Emergency Medicine.

Fellowship training

  • Clinical care at the University of Chicago Emergency Department, a level 1 trauma center located on the southside of Chicago; 7-8 months per year 
  • Clinical care at a developing EC/EM  program; 4-5 month per year 
  • Gain clinical experience in tropical medicine, the spectrum of medical and surgical disease (including trauma) in limited-resource region, and the diagnosis and management of common conditions in limited resource environment. 
  • Gain experience teaching effectively as an attending physician placed in a new medical culture, social culture, language, and country. 

  • Pursue a Master of Health Profession's Education, such as the University of Illinois-Chicago Masters in Health Professions Education Program (MHPE). The fellow may choose from multiple distance learning programs available at this website: 
  • Salary support for Master's degree is available 
  • For fellows with previous, appropriate Master degrees, a one-year fellowship or an alternative higher degree may be considered.

  • Gain proficiency with varying certificate programs and residency designs in LMIC EC/EM development, including the Partners in Health EM residency in Haiti, the WHO BEC course and emergency care tools, and the AFEM curricular tools. 
  • Engage in education policy and resource development with Partners in Health and the African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM).
  • Option for fellow in second year to work at a developing EM site, which may manifest as performing an EC/EM needs assessment, development of EC/EM training course and/or provision of care and clinical teaching. 
  • Generous benefits package includes travel budget and CME for conference fees during fellowship

  • Engage in multiple ongoing global emergency care education development projects 
  • Understand and gain experience in project budgeting, administrative support, grant application, and IRB submission of international medical education development work 
  • Submit an international emergency medicine medical education project proposal for grant funding. 
  • Produce a scholarly work that will be presented at a national and international meeting, such as AfCEM, EMSSA, SAEM, ACEP, CORD, etc and then turned into a peer-reviewed manuscript.

  • Attend African Federation for Emergency Medicine conference (AfCEM) (Years 1/2)
  • Attend UCSF Building a Career in Global Health conference (Year 1/2) 
  • Completion of ICRC HELP course (Year 1)
  • Completion of HumanitarianU trainings (Year 1) 
  • Attend faculty meetings and retreat at University of Chicago 
  • Semi-annual meetings and review with Section Chief at University of Chicago 
  • Semi-annual meetings and review with lead faculty at project sites
  • Ongoing meetings and mentorship with fellowship director
  • Opportunity to attend other core EM conferences as indicated (e.g. ACEP, SAEM, CORD)


Project Name & Description Details

The African Federation for Emergency Medicine

Working with AFEM to create an undergraduate curriculum in Emergency Medicine. Details

The University Hospital of Mirebalais, Haiti Emergency Medicine Residency

A Partners in Health and Zanmi Lasante collaboration to develop and implement the first Emergency Medicine residency in Haiti, as an initial step in developing emergency care capacity for the country. The HUM EM residency began in September 2014, graduated its first class in September 2017, and matriculated its sixth class in October 2019. Details

Partners in Health Emergency Care development

Working through Partners in Health to help strengthen emergency care systems in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Utilizing the World Health Organization's Basic Emergency Care course (BEC) as well as Haiti EM residency materials Details

Nick Ludmer

GEM Med-Ed Fellow, 2018 - 2020

William Weber

GEM Med-Ed Fellow, 2020 - 2022

Pranali Sheth

GEM Med-Ed Fellow, 2021 - 2023


Program Director
Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director


To apply, please use the website application process. To ensure your application is received, please email the fellowship director, Keegan Checkett, notifying her of your application. Applications should include: 1. A brief statement of interest / 2. A brief personal statement citing personal and long-term career goals and rationale / 3. An updated curriculum vitae with email and cell phone contact information / 4. Three letters of recommendation; these should be sent electronically directly from the letter writer to Dr. Checkett. One letter must be from your current EM residency director. At least one letter should speak to your clinical skills, one letter to your teaching skills, and, if possible, one letter to your previous international or public service experience.

Application criteria

The ideal candidate is a graduate from a 3- or 4-year ACGME-accredited residency in emergency medicine, who has demonstrated potential in international emergency care development and/or medical education. Applicants with previous experience internationally or in education development will be given special consideration, but neither is a requirement. All applicants must be American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) board certified or board eligible by the July 1, 2022 start date.

Application process

Successful applicants will be invited to interview with the UChicago faculty. For the 2021 interview season, there will be two interview dates: October 14 and November 1. Interviews will be held via Zoom. Applicants wishing to visit the University of Chicago, meet faculty, tour the ER, etc are welcome, and should contact Dr. Checkett directly to coordinate. The University of Chicago participates in the IEM fellowship match. Applicants entering the GEM fellowship application process after the Match, or or who do not Match, may still apply to the UChicago fellowship, if the UC program also does not fill in the Match. Contact Dr. Checkett directly if late interest.

Application conditions

Offers are contingent on the applicant's successful completion of residency and of the accreditation process at the University of Chicago.

Important Dates

Applications may only be submitted between
Jul 01, 2021 at 08:00AM and Oct 29, 2021 at 11:59PM

Application deadline : Oct 29, 2021

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants with interest in UChicago GEM Fellowship after the application close date should contact Dr. Checkett directly.

: Oct 14, 2021

Interviews will be held Thursday October 14 and Monday November 1.