International Emergency Medicine Fellowship

University of Chicago

International Emergency Medicine Education Development Fellowship


The IEM Med-Ed fellowship at the University of Chicago aims to develop future global emergency care leaders in 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 and rural Haiti, a Master of Health Professions Education, and multiple opportunities to develop leadership skills and networking within the field of International Emergency Medicine.

Low- and middle-income countries bear a disproportionate burden of acute injury and illness, and paucity or absence of emergency care systems.   In response, International Emergency Medicine/Global Health professionals have moved from direct provision of care to building capacity by introducing emergency care systems these countries.  Sound development of emergency education programs is instrumental to this movement, and requires medical education training and experience sometimes lacking in existing global health fellowships.  The University of Chicago International Emergency Medicine Medical Education Development fellowship aims to fill this void.

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.  Strong preference will be given to candidates with proficiency in French and/or in Haitian Creole.

The curriculum for this fellowship is outlined below.


  1. Clinical care at the University of Chicago Emergency Department; 8 months per year
  2. Clinical care at the University Hospital of Mirebalais Emergency Department, Haiti (HUM); 4 month per year
    • Gain clinical experience in tropical medicine, the spectrum of medical and surgical disease (including trauma) in low-income country, 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.
  3. Master’s Degree
    • Pursue a Master’s Degree that is relevant to health profession’s education and research, 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 available
  4. International Medical Education – Haiti
    • Serve as faculty for the University Hospital of Mirebalais (HUM) Emergency Medicine Residency, assisting with residency administration, including conference organization, clinical teaching, clinical rotations, evaluation and assessment, independent learning and parallel curricular programs, and consider innovative means to optimize curriculum.
    • Become adept with HUM curriculum and understand data and rationale for educational choices made in implementation. Requires working knowledge of history of EC/EM education development, including curricula, outcomes, markers of success in other young LMIC certificate and residency programs.
  5. International Medical Education – Global
    • Required to attend African Federation for Emergency Medicine conference (AfCEM) (Years 1/2).
    • Gain proficiency with varying certificate programs and residency designs in LMIC EC/EM development, including WHO BEC course and AFEM curriculum.
    • Engage in education policy and resource development with African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM).
    • Option for fellow in second year to work at a developing EM site through African Federation for Emergency Medicine, which may manifest as performing an EC/EM needs assessment, development of EC/EM training course and/or provision of care and clinical teaching.
  6. Research in EM Education
    • Teach in weekly HUM EM residency conferences, when in country
    • 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.
  7. Professional and Faculty Development
    • Attend Council of Residency Directors meeting (CORD) (Year 1 and Year 2)
    • Attend faculty meetings and retreat at University of Chicago
    • Attend faculty meetings at University Hospital of Mirebalais, when in country
    • Semi-annual meetings with Section Chief at University of Chicago
    • Semi-annual meetings with lead faculty, including section chiefs, at University Hospital of Mirebalais
    • Option to participate in educational committee meetings at University Hospital of Mirebalais

Keegan Checkett, MD, FACEP
Residency Director, Emergency Medicine, University Hospital of Mirebalais, Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante
Director, IEM Medical Education Fellowship
Director, International Emergency Medicine
Section of Emergency Medicine, University of Chicago