International Emergency Medicine Fellowship


The International Emergency Medicine (IEM) Fellowship will challenge emergency physicians to be leaders in global health by combining clinical expertise, practical field experience, public health training, educational activities, and research opportunities in a global context.

Benjamin Terry, MD - Fellowship Program Director


Fellowship Goals

  • Develop knowledge of common health conditions in developing countries
  • Develop the ability to assess diverse health systems and emergency medical care systems
  • Identify and prioritize pertinent health issues
  • Develop health programs to address the identified priorities
  • Implement and integrate emergency medicine programs into existing health systems
  • Develop the knowledge to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of programs
  • Establish a professional network and administrative skills for educational exchange, research and funding


The fellowship is a two year program which incorporates the Masters of Public Health degree, clinical emergency department responsibilities, and international field work where the fellow is expected to develop clinical, research and administrative skills.

The didactic curriculum is structured around a series of core conferences at UMass, and readings from organizations active in global health including the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations, Doctors Without Borders, and the World Health Organization, as well as key journal articles, policy statements and on-line resources. Fellows will also have access to other lecture series and conferences during their two year fellowship including the UMMMC Monthly Global Health Lecture Series. Depending on the fellow’s area of interest, additional participation in the bi-annual International Conference on Emergency Medicine, Humanitarian Emergencies in Large Populations or diploma in Tropical medicine are also encouraged. The IEM fellow(s) will have the opportunity to develop teaching topics for the Emergency Medicine Resident conferences for global and public health-related topics.


Bisanzo M. Practical pearl: Ketamine procedural sedation in low resource settings, African Journal of Emergency Medicine (2012). (December 2012)

Terry, B, Bisanzo, M et al. Task Shifting: Meeting the Human Resources Needs for Acute and Emergency Care in Africa. African Journal of Emergency Medicine. (December 2012)

Periyanayagam, U; Hammerstedt, H; Dreifuss, B; Chamberlain, S; Nelson, SW; Jon Bosco, K; Pellone, K; Bisanzo, M. Acute Care Needs in a Rural Sub-Saharan African ED: A Retrospective Analysis. African Journal of Emergency Medicine (December 2012)

Schroeder ED, Jacquet G, Becker TK, Foran M, Goldberg E, Aschkenasy M, Bertsch K, Levine AC; Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review Group. Global Emergency Medicine: A Review of the Literature From 2011. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2012 Sep 20. [Epub ahead of print]. (member of Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review Group)

Bisanzo, M, Nichols, K, et al. Nurse Administered Ketamine Sedation at an Emergency Department in Rural Uganda. Ann Emerg Med. 2012 Apr;59(4):268-75.

Hammerstedt H, Chamberlain SL, Nelson SW, Bisanzo, MC. Alcohol Related Hypoglycemia in Rural Uganda: Socioeconomic and Physiologic Contrasts. Int J Emerg Med. 2011 Feb 10;4:5

Practical pearl: Ketamine procedural sedation in low resource settings, African Journal of Emergency Medicine (2012). (December 2012)

For further information please contact:

Jeffrey Abbott, Student and Fellowship Coordinator
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Department of Emergency Medicine
55 Lake Avenue North, LA-211
Worcester, MA 01655
Tel: (508) 421-5522
Fax: (508) 334-7411

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