Penn Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program

The Penn Global Emergency Medicine (PGEM) Fellowship is a two-year fellowship that will prepare fellows to be leaders in the field of Global Emergency Medicine. The fellowship provides time and support for the development of academic, administrative, and clinical skills primarily in emergency care systems development, but also seeks to provide comprehensive training in the field.

We will be accepting applications for ONE position to begin July 2023.


The goals of the PGEM Fellowship are to provide each fellow with: 

1. Training in the creation of sustainable improvements in emergency medical care through educational and emergency care systems development; research; international health policy/global health ethics; and/or disaster response/humanitarian assistance. 

2. A working knowledge of Global and Public Health as well as research methods by obtaining a graduate degree/advanced degree and by completing additional specialized training programs in Global Emergency Medicine (GEM). 

3. Administrative skills to develop and lead international projects and the ability to apply for funding.
4. Comprehensive training in the field of Global EM, including, but not limited to, areas such as global health policy, ethics, and disaster response/humanitarian assistance.
5. Advancement and refinement of clinical skills within Penn Medicine and at international sites.

Current international sites among Penn EM faculty and/or established sites at the Penn Center for Global Health (CGH) or Penn Injury Science Center (PISC) include: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ghana, Guatemala, Botswana, and Vietnam.

Penn Center for Global Health
Penn Injury Science Center


The curriculum will be a two-year fellowship that is designed to have flexibility in order to meet the individual needs and career goals of the fellows. One new fellow will be recruited each year. The curriculum will be divided into five specific areas: 

1. GEM Training: Each fellow will participate in specific additional course work in GEM as offered by the Penn GCH as well as through select external opportunities and courses – both in-person and online. Fellows will become Scholars of the CGH and will be connected with relevant centers at Penn as well as mentors both within the institution and externally. Fellows are encouraged to participate in regular scheduled opportunities (i.e. Journal Club) throughout the institution and among local institutions in the Philadelphia area. 

2. Projects: Each fellow will work abroad on GEM projects. Each fellow will be encouraged to participate in current opportunities, but also to take advantage of other opportunities, as well as to continue any current project(s). Travel time will be divided (generally up to three months at a time, with specific approval for longer time abroad) as permitted by the clinical and graduate class schedule and as determined by the Fellowship Director and the Department. 

3. Graduate Education: Each fellow will obtain a Master of Public Health in the Global Health Track; other advanced degrees (i.e. Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology) may also be possible.

4. Research: Each fellow will complete at least one research project of sufficient quality for presentation/publication prior to completion of the fellowship.

5. Clinical Medicine: Each fellow will work as a member of the clinical faculty (Instructor) of Penn Medicine for approximately 800 clinical hours/year. Each fellow is encouraged to participate in all faculty and academic activities in the Department of Emergency Medicine, as available.

Information on the Master of Public Health Program can be found here.  (Note: the application process is internal for fellows - you will not have to apply for SOPHAS). 

Fellows will receive financial support for tuition (full; via the Penn faculty tuition benefit and an education grant) and program materials for the graduate program, full travel costs, an annual PRE/CME allowance, and faculty benefits.


Project Name & Description Details


Certification Program in Emergency Medicine ( Details


One-year EM training program for physicians. Details

EM Development

EM training and development in Kurdistan. Details

Vingroup-Penn Alliance

Simulation program development. Details

Joseph Leanza

Fellow (2021-2023)

Maham Munawar

Fellow (2022- 2024)


Program Director
Megan Rybarczyk
PGEM Program Director; GEMFC Secretary

Megan Rybarczyk, MD, MPH, FACEP received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her residency traini...

Program Director
Maria Wormley
Program Coordinator

Maria M. Wormley, MBA, is a Program Coordinator for the Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program and a Staff Assistant in the Department of Eme...


Application materials include: 1. Application form. 2. CV. 3. Personal Statement (no more than 2-pages, single-spaced, 12-point font). 4. Official USMLE/COMLEX transcript sent directly. 5. Three letters of recommendation (at least one from your residency director and one from an individual familiar with your work in GEM) sent directly. All five items must be received by the application deadline. Please apply through this website - if any issues using the website, please send materials directly.

Application Criteria

Prospective fellows must be Emergency Medicine board-eligible or board-certified (ABEM, ABOEM) by the July 1 start date.

Application Process

Please submit application materials here to ensure receipt as this is the first year this website is being used for applications). (Note: USMLE transcripts can be sent electronically at this time per the FSMB website: Please follow the instructions on the NBOME website for COMLEX transcripts (

Important Dates

Applications may only be submitted between
May 01, 2022 at 12:00PM and Sep 30, 2022 at 11:59PM

Application Deadline : Sep 30, 2022

Only completed applications received before the deadline (11:59PM EST) will be reviewed.

Interview Date : Oct 14, 2022

Interviews may be virtual depending on travel restrictions on the date of the interview.