Global Health Fellowship


To improve the acute care of patients worldwide through academic support, collaborative clinical projects and development of future healthcare leaders.


The Mount Sinai EM global health division, in partnership with the Icahn School of Medicine and the Arnhold Institute for Global Health, will focus on worldwide partnerships, NYC immigrant populations and Native Americans' access to high quality emergency care to impact the health of the underserved locally, nationally and internationally.


The objective of the Global Health Fellowship is to produce leaders in academic emergency medicine who have the public health, clinical, research, advocacy, and policy skills and tools to foster a career dedicated to the reduction of health disparities through improving the delivery of emergency care in global, domestic, and local communities.

Fellows benefit from the work of faculty within the Global Health Division working across a number of areas:

  • Development of emergency medicine in global settings

  • Travel, tropical and infectious disease medicine

  • Care of asylum seekers and torture survivors

  • Improvement of emergency medicine delivery to Native American communities

During the program, fellows will:

  • Develop a strong foundational knowledge base in public health: fellows may apply for a Master in Public Health or Master of Science at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy ( In addition, past fellows have chosen to earn various certificates during their fellowship including the UNICEF Nutrition Certificate, the International Society of Tropical Medicine Certificate of Knowledge, and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health.

  • Actively participate in field work: current projects and those under development include the development of a nursing cohort in Mwanza, Tanzania trained in WHO’s Basic Emergency Care (BEC) principles; building capacity in trauma care at Hospital Dr. Antonio Musa in the Dominican Republic; development of Emergency Medicine at Dhulikhel Hospital in Nepal in partnership with Katmandu University; implementation and evaluation of A-B-C Stop the Bleed in India; and improvement of Emergency Medicine capacity within Indian Health Services in the Southwest and Great Plains regions.

  • Conduct research: fellows will participate in the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) Emergency Medicine Fellows Research Methodology Lecture Series. Fellows are encouraged to and may join ongoing faculty research and may, in appropriate cases, access the resources of the system to initiate their own projects. Recent and ongoing studies have included serum markers of severity in COVID, COVID in returning travelers, and impact of WHO BEC training of nurses in Tanzania.

  • Gain an understanding of the experiences of asylum seekers who are survivors of human rights abuses: the Mount Sinai Human Rights Program and the Libertas Center for Human Rights are two programs within or affiliated with Mount Sinai that provide a holistic approach, incorporating innovative training, clinical care, and research, to positively impact the lives of survivors of persecution. This work is conducted in New York City, throughout resource-poor geographies of the U.S., and at the U.S.-Mexican border. Fellows will have the opportunity to learn about the process from faculty within the programs.

  • Develop grant writing: fellows will work with fellowship and division leadership, as well as broader research faculty at Mount Sinai, to strengthen skills in grant writing.

  • Maintain clinical and academic strength: fellows will work clinically in the emergency departments at Mount Sinai Morningside-West. These institutions care for approximately 160,000 patients a year and serve diverse neighborhoods within the west side of Manhattan. They are the base for a PGY 1-3 EM residency with 60 residents and multiple associated fellowships. They will have the opportunity to attend and teach at academic conferences both at the West and Morningside Hospitals as well as take advantage of the vast offering of the Mount Sinai System, including those at Mount Sinai Hospital. If interested, a portion of required clinical work can take place at the Cheyenne River Health Center on the Eagle Butte Indian Reservation in South Dakota (as available), and fellows can choose to rotate through the Mount Sinai Infectious Diseases/Travel Medicine Clinic. Fellows will supervise residents and medical students in the ED.

Mandatory academic requirements for fellows will include:

  • Participation in the development of an ongoing divisional project, or with approval one that the fellow has developed independently

  • Development of a publication-quality manuscript, participating in all existing steps including proposal writing and submission to the IRB, implementation of the study, and drafting of a manuscript

  • Contributing to the mentorship team for medical students and residents

  • Participating in the Mount Sinai Core EM Fellow Curriculum. Fellows in all EM fellowships take an active part in the curriculum by being both learners and educators in collaboration with faculty mentors

  • Giving lectures and participating in journal clubs with residents in the Global Health Resident Track

  • Participating in regular section meetings

  • 900 hours of clinical work in our Emergency Departments

Past fellows have gone on to work in diverse contexts with a broad array of agencies including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, Medecins sans Frontieres, S.O.S., as well as in academic schools of medicine and public health.

Candidates must have completed an ACGME -accredited Emergency Medicine Residency Program and be board certified/board eligible in Emergency Medicine. Applicants must be licensed to practice medicine in the state of New York before the start date of the fellowship. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated dedication to the promotion of health equity domestically or internationally.


We encourage residents to seek out mentorship in Global Health and to participate in a Global Health experience. Current Global Health experiences for residents include:

  • Clinical/research rotation in the Dominican Republic

  • Teaching and clinical experience in Uganda

  • Teaching Gambian medical students (EKG, splinting, suturing workshops)

  • Global Health Track - a series of lectures/meeting on crafted topics/readings and close mentorship designed to prepare you for a career in Global Health. Apply in your second year.

  • Funding is available for travel and courses on a case-by case-basis.


Dr. John Cahill

Division Co- Director

Dr. Jamie Eliades

Division Co- Director; Fellowship Director

Dr. Nita Avrith

Assistant Fellowship Director

Dr. Deepti Thomas-Paulose

Former Fellowship Director

Dr. Elizabeth Singer

Director of Human Rights Clinic

Dr. Ramona Sunderwirth

Former Division Director

Dr. Benjamin Wyler


Dr. Ramon Millan



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