Global Health

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Program Description

The University of Virginia Department of Emergency Medicine offers a Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship for graduates of emergency medicine residency programs. This fellowship will provide fellows with the skills to practice clinically, develop emergency systems, teach, and conduct research internationally. The objective of the fellowship is to train future leaders in providing sustainable, high-quality care in low resource environments.

  • The fellowship is one to two years in duration, depending on the fellow’s goals. 
  • Fellows work clinically abroad in the field and in the Emergency Department at the University of Virginia. Fellows may spend up to 50% of their time participating on projects outside the United States. Travel and living expenses are covered while abroad.
  • Our department has a strong collaboration with Ampath, and fellows are encouraged to participate in emergency care at one of the many associated sites, including but not limited to Kenya, Ghana, Mexico, and Nepal. UVA also has existing collaborations with Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Brazil, St. Kitts, and Tanzania, and there is the potential to establish projects in these areas as well. Fellows with pre-existing relationships with other areas are also welcome and often can continue their work in these locations.
  • Fellows will receive mentorship from faculty at UVA as well as the diverse faculty in the Ampath consortium
  • Moonlighting is permitted.


  • Develop skills in leadership, advocacy, program development, and ethics.
  • Receive additional training in Public Health. Fellows completing a one year International EM fellowship can participate in the Public Health certificate program, which is focused on public health training for physicians. Fellows completing a two year fellowship may obtain a Master of Public Health
  • If fellows already have a Master of Public Health, they may consider a Master of Data Science, Master of Public Policy, or alternate program upon discussion with the Chair and Fellowship Director.
  • Co-lead the Global Health Leadership track within the Department of Emergency Medicine.
  • Teach and participate in the Global Health Leadership Track for the UVA Medical Center. This includes round table dinners, journal clubs, and international rounds. 
  • Serve as instructors for the WHO Basic Emergency Care course.

Other Opportunities

  • The University of Virginia has a strong commitment to global health. There are numerous additional educational and funding opportunities for fellows:
  • Fellows are encouraged to submit their work to international EM conferences. The fellowship will cover expenses for accepted work. 
  • Recognizing all fellows will have distinct strengths and opportunities, this fellowship is highly customizable to the individual to ensure it meets the fellow’s goals. 


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Amita Sudhir, MD
Professor of Emergency Medicine

Director of Global Health
Global EM Fellowship Director


Fellows must have completed an MD or DO ACGME accredited residency program in Emergency Medicine and receive a license to practice medicine in Virginia. 

Applicants should email a copy of their CV, letter of interest, and three letters of recommendation, including one from your residency PD, by October 1, 2023. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Current Fellow Spotlight

Esther Good

Esther Good pictured with her husband and two childrenI was born in Pennsylvania, but spent most of my life in Kenya until moving to Virginia at age 15.  I studied social work in undergrad and spent several years working in refugee resettlement before deciding to pursue a career in medicine.  I went to medical school at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, Pennsylvania, home of The Office.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and spending time with my husband and two children. My long-term goal is to work in Global Health, and I’m excited to be completing my fellowship at UVA as the next step in that direction.