UChicago EM

Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship

The Global Emergency Medicine fellowship at the University of Chicago aims to develop future global emergency care leaders by providing formal training in medical education curriculum design and execution, as well as experiential training through global emergency care development.  This two-year fellowship is comprised of clinical work in urban Chicago and in limited-resource regions seeking to develop emergency care, a Master of Health Professions Education, and multiple opportunities to develop leadership skills and networking within the field of Global 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, Global 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 GEM fellowship aims to fill this void.

The ideal candidate is a graduate from a 3- or 4-year ACGME-accredited residency in emergency medicine, and has demonstrated potential in global emergency care development and/or medical education. For those interested in applying, applications are due September 20, 2024. Interview dates will be Thursday September 26 and Tuesday October 8, 2024. Rank lists are due Wednesday October 16, 2024. 

The curriculum for this fellowship is outlined below.

Experiential training

  1. Clinical care as an attending physician at the University of Chicago Emergency Department; average 7.5 months per year
  2. Field work; average 4.5 months per year
  3. Gain clinical experience in tropical medicine, in the spectrum of medical and surgical disease (including trauma), and the diagnosis and management of common conditions in limited-resource environments
  4. Gain experience teaching effectively as an attending physician placed in a new medical culture, social culture, language, and country
  5. Collaborate with University of Chicago Global Emergency Medicine faculty emergency care development projects

Medical Education specialty training

  1. Pursue a Master’s Degree that is relevant to health professions 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: http://www.faimer.org/resources/mastersmeded.html
  2. Salary support available
  3. Consideration will be given for a one-year fellowship for applicants having already achieved comparable and appropriate Master degree education

Global emergency care education and development

  1. Gain proficiency with varying certificate programs and residency designs in LMIC EC/EM development, including the WHO BEC course and the AFEM curriculum
  2. Engage in education policy and resource development
  3. Work in partnership with other GEM professionals at a site developing emergency care, which may manifest as performing an EC/EM needs assessment, development of EC/EM training course and/or provision of care and clinical teaching

Research in Emergency Medicine Education

  1. Understand and gain experience in project budgeting, administrative support, grant application, and IRB submission of global medical education development work
  2. Submit an global emergency medicine medical education project proposal for grant funding
  3. 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

Professional and Faculty Development

  1. Attend Council of Residency Directors meeting (CORD) (Year 1 and Year 2)
  2. Attend the African Federation for Emergency Medicine conference (year 1 or 2)
  3. Attend faculty meetings and retreat at University of Chicago
  4. Semi-annual meetings with Section Chief at University of Chicago
  5. Semi-annual reviews with GEM Fellowship Director at University of Chicago
Keegan Checkett, MD

Keegan Checkett, MD

Health and Policy Advisor in Emergency Care, Partners in Health
Director of GEM Medical Education Fellowship and of International Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor, Section of Emergency Medicine