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The goal of the Global Emergency Medicine fellowship is to train emergency medicine residency graduates in the challenging and broad field of global health. We will ensure that our fellows get an extensive and individualized exposure to diverse areas of global health including international emergency medicine development and education, global health policy, tropical medicine, humanitarian aid and research.



Our fellows spend between three to five months abroad each year working on various projects and training. The main focus of the fieldwork involves active participation in our ongoing EM residency development project in Guyana. The exact focus of the fellow’s project will be tailored to the fellow’s interests. Participation in humanitarian aid or disaster response with various international organizations is also an option for interested fellows.


Formal education is discussed with each fellow applicant and the educational plan is made in conjunction with the interests and future goals of the fellow. An MPH program or equivalent is expected. The external program at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) or other online programs are a good option given the travel requirements of the fellowship. Fellows will take a tropical medicine diploma course. Options include the Gorgas Course in Peru, the University of Minnesota/CDC program or the East Africa Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.


Fellows are required to conduct at least one research or scholarly project during the fellowship. We have excellent support from the division of EM research. Collaboration with researchers at the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health is also an option. Fellows are expected to write a manuscript of publishable quality. Please click here to view selected publications of the members of the Division of International Health.






We are currently accepting applications for 2022 fellowship position! Application deadline October 15th, 2021.

Applicants must be board certified or board eligible graduates from an ACGME accredited emergency medicine residency. If you would like to apply to our program, please send the following documents to (fellowship director) and (division director). 

1. CV 

2. Personal statement - stating interest in our global health program, strengths you would bring to the program, your experience, and goals for fellowship 

3. Three letters of recommendation - one must be from current chairman or residency director

4. Applicants must also register with the National Residency Match Program ( as fellowship positions will be filled through the NRMP match process. 

Please feel free to contact Kristen Dettorre, MD if you have any questions about our program.

Kristen Dettorre, MD

703 Oxford House

Department of Emergency Medicine

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN 37232

International health fellows receive a Vanderbilt faculty appointment and work in the Vanderbilt ED as an attending physician and supervise and teach medical students and residents Fellows are assigned eight eight-hour shifts per month, although we have flexibility in assigning shifts to fit around international duties.

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt has a reputation for providing excellent education for students, residents and community health care workers. Our fellow is expected to participate in our educational endeavors. Fellows participate in conferences, present interesting cases, and give formal lectures in international health topics to our residents and students.

Fellows receive a generous compensation package including tuition for educational activities (MPH, tropical medicine courses, etc.), CME, travel expenses and evacuation insurance. A 403(b) retirement plan and spouse and child tuition reimbursement plans are offered by the university.

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