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International Fellowship

International Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Past fellow, Dr. Charlie Inboriboon, with Tibetan children in Ladakh, India

Fellowship Structure and Curriculum

The International Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center is designed as a two-year program for graduates of United States Emergency Medicine residency programs.

Coursework and Didactics

The Fellowship includes three tuition-supported degree options:

During the academic year, the fellows meet with the fellowship director 1-2 times per month to host international health speakers, plan for international experiences, review research and abstract writings, and discuss the current literature and themes in international emergency medicine and global health.

Fellows are also encouraged to attend local, domestic, and international training courses and conferences to expand their knowledge and credentials. Courses in humanitarian aid, disaster assistance, global health policy and planning, and resuscitation are some of the possibilities explored and experienced by past fellows. In addition, fellows are encouraged to submit abstracts to and attend the United States emergency medicine national meetings as well as choose among the multiple international emergency medicine and global health conferences to attend.


The fellows serve as clinical faculty at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center and/or at Highland Hospital, a community hospital that is part of the Medical Center. Clinical work is scheduled for 16-24 hours per week during 39 weeks of the year. The other 13 weeks of the year are reserved for international fieldwork (8 weeks), vacation (4 weeks) and CME (1 week).

Additional clinical work is generally available to augment fellow salaries.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary will vary from $80,000 to $100,000+ depending on number of clinical hours worked.
  • Full University of Rochester benefits will be provided
  • $5000/year will be provided for international fieldwork expenses
  • $2000/year CME support will be provided.

The International Experience

Eight weeks of time are provided each year for international fieldwork. Fellows may also choose to use some or all of their vacation time to extend overseas work, and may pursue CME activities abroad.

Each international experience is planned to include a specific project emphasis of a clinical, academic, research, or policy nature and is chosen by the fellow with the assistance of the fellowship director. Although projects addressing the development of Emergency Medicine as a field are welcome, our fellowship is not at all limited to this aspect of Global Health. The fellowship director has a decidedly flexible attitude regarding suitable areas for study and work. Fellows are encouraged to develop and pursue their own interests in the broad field of Global Health.

Past fellows have conducted fieldwork in Thailand, India, Kosovo, Nicaragua, and Haiti. The fellowship director, David H. Adler, MD, MPH, conducts ongoing NIH-supported epidemiologic research in South Africa.

Depending on the fellow’s chosen academic curriculum, fieldwork time may be concentrated during the winter and summer breaks in degree programs.