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Global Health

The Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to developing emergency care and improving health outcomes beyond the borders of the United States. Our faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students are actively engaged in a spectrum of ethical and innovative global health activities, spanning the domains of public health, pre- and in-hospital clinical medicine, advocacy, and prevention in multiple settings internationally.



Trainees in emergency medicine participate in learning the provision of clinical emergency care in a myriad of international settings, including sub-Saharan Africa, and Central and South America. Under the guidance of in-country physicians and mentorship of University of Colorado faculty, our trainees have the opportunity to care for a variety of local disease patterns, broadening their depth of knowledge.



Global health education, delivered by our core global health faculty, occurs both domestically and internationally. Resident education includes journal clubs, to stay abreast of current international developments, and mentorship, to both foster engaging and ethical clinical experiences and provide guidance in developing and participating in sound research endeavors. In South Africa, for example, University of Colorado medical students and Emergency Medicine residents have been working side-by-side with emergency care providers since 2002. In Peru, residents have had opportunities to participate in clinical bedside teaching, didactics, and ultrasound education. The Department of Emergency Medicine has also established a two-year post-residency fellowship in Global Emergency Medicine and Public Health, slated to begin in the fall of 2016.


Internationally, our global health faculty have designed, implemented, and scaled up innovative educational emergency and disaster medicine courses with multiple international partners in resource-constrained settings such as Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Peru, South Africa, and Tanzania. Faculty work closely with the Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Global Health and the University of Colorado School of Medicine (UCSOM) in educational opportunities, projects abroad, and mentorship, including direction of the UCSOM Global Health track.



Faculty and residents are actively engaged in cutting-edge global health research. Research includes assessing pre- and in-hospital patient outcomes, effective emergency care interventions, and community health and capacity building strategies. Our faculty and residents frequently present and disseminate findings in domestic and international scientific meetings.