Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine

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Program Information:

The Division of International Health is an important component of our residency program. We provide emergency medicine residents with state-of-the-art education in global health issues and tropical medicine through didactic lectures, case conferences, and our tropical medicine teaching cases. We have faculty mentors who have been fellowship trained in Global Health and others with training and experience in tropical medicine. Our faculty also have experience with organizations such as Medecins Sans Frontieres, International Medical Corps, and DMAT. Our primary international partnership is at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation in Guyana where we have developed an emergency medicine training program in conjunction with our partners in Guyana. One of our Vanderbilt faculty members, Dr. Nicolas Forget, is based in Guyana half of the year and is the ACEP ambassador to Guyana.
We have been committed to educational programs at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation in Guyana since 2002 and are extensively involved in emergency care in the country. We have worked closely with the Guyana Ministry of Health, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, Project Dawn and the University of Guyana in the development of an emergency medicine residency program in Guyana. This three year degree (MMed) granting program began in October 2010 and we now have eleven residents in the program.  Dr. Nicolas Forget serves as the residency director of this unique EM training program. Vanderbilt residents participate extensively in our programs in Guyana. We are  involved in a variety of other training programs in Guyana in addition to the residency program.  Recent courses we have taught include PALS and PALS instructor courses, neonatal resuscitation, wound care, nursing triage, emergency ultrasound, and intimate partner violence. Research is an important component of our program in Guyana. Please click here for samples of some of the papers and presentations involving our Guyana program. We are also involved in EMS development led by Dr. Shannon Langston. 
Our faculty and fellows also participate in a variety of projects in Ukraine with Dr. Brian McMurray. Brian is a former Vandy faculty member and is now the ACEP ambassador to Ukraine. Our faculty and fellows work closely with Brian on educational projects in Kiev and in several smaller cities in the country. One of our faculty, Dr. Jeff McKinzie, has had a multi-year involvement in a program in rural Zambia that involves health screening and HIV counseling and care. His most recent publication from this program was "A comparison of HIV detection rates using routine opt-out provider-initiated HIV testing and counseling versus a standard of care approach in a rural African setting" which was published in 2011 in JAIDS.

Global Health Experience at Vanderbilt:

Our goal is to provide our residents with the best possible exposure to global health and tropical medicine as they relate to emergency medicine. Our Global Health Scholar program allows our residents to teach and provide clinical care in Guyana and covers transportation and living expenses. We also work with residents to arrange other international rotations to meet their individual needs. Residents have done rotations in Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Haiti, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, St. Vincent, Vietnam, India, Nepal, New Zealand, Romania, Liberia, Zambia and Ghana among other places.


Global Health Scholar Program for Residents:

The Division of International Health is proud to sponsor the Emergency Medicine Global Health Scholar Program. This program is available for our residents and fellows and provides funding for clinical rotations at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation in Guyana. Residents and fellows chosen for the program have the opportunity to help with the local emergency medicine residency training program and are able to provide direct clinical care in this exciting and unique emergency department. Scholars are supervised by onsite Vanderbilt faculty members. Please click on this link for more information about this program.


Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship:

We offer a two year fellowship in Global Emergency Medicine that is individually designed based upon the interests and career goals of each fellow. Fellows have options to complete a tropical medicine diploma course, MPH degree, or pursue other educational opportunities. Fellows spend between three to six months abroad each year working on a variety of projects.

Please click here for more information about our fellowship program.

For more information about this program please contact one of the members of the Division of International Health:
Shannon Langston, MD
Jeff McKinzie, MD
Stephan Russ, MD, MPH
Brian Bales, MD
Tiffany Alexander, MD (Global EM Fellow, 2013-2015)
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