The purpose of the two-year fellowship (one year if candidate already has an MPH degree) is to:
1) Advance the field of international emergency medicine;
2) Develop the skill-set and knowledge base to lead effective humanitarian and disaster response efforts;
3) Conduct a successful international research project utilizing epidemiologic and validated fieldwork methodologies;
4) Develop, implement and evaluate international emergency medical systems and programs; and
5) Network with current leaders in the field international emergency medicine.
1) Masters of Public Health Degree
For fellows who do not already have a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree, the Fellowship will include an MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. Coursework for the degree will be taken throughout the two-year fellowship and will occur concurrently with clinical shifts, other academic courses and field experience abroad.
Fieldwork is arranged by the fellow and supervised by the fellowship director and will be in conjunction with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (click for link) . Fellows should take a leadership role during field placements with each experience designed to increase their knowledge base and to practice acquired skills.
3) Additional course work
There are a number of conferences available to the fellow throughout the year, including:
- Training in emergency deployment and humanitarian/disaster response will include the Health Emergencies in Large Populations (H.E.L.P.) offered by the International Committee of the Red Cross. The two-week, hands-on course is designed to prepare fellows to professionally respond to humanitarian assistance in conflict and disaster regions.
- The Humanitarian Studies Initiative (HSI) offered by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is a two-week course focused on disaster and humanitarian crisis response, including a three-day simulation field experience.
- Fellows may also participate in training courses at the Burnett Institute, a leader in international field research and methodologies for one to two weeks during the year. Although fellows are welcome to a number of the courses offered, the recommended course is “Field Methods for International Health Planning and Evaluation”.
- Fellows will also have the opportunity to learn more about emergency medicine development with the opportunity to participate in the International Emergency Development Leadership Institute (IEDLI) course. The course will prepare fellows with the skills needed to build emergency departments/systems internationally.
4) Clinical Work
Fellows will work clinically at one of BIDMC’s affiliate hospitals and will supervise BIDMC residents during clinical shifts. BIDMC is a level I trauma center with approximately 55,000 emergency visits per year. On average, fellows will work 8 shifts per month over the course of a year. Fellows will have a clinical appointment at BIDMC and an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School.
Each fellow will be required to complete at least one research project in the field of international health of sufficient quality for publication.
Fellows must be board certified or board eligible in emergency medicine. For a July 1, 2014 start date the application deadline is Friday, September 20, 2013. Potential candidates must apply for and be accepted into the Harvard School of Public Health's MPH program, which has an application deadline of December 15th, 2013. A complete application must include all of the following documents:
A) Completed application (see below for the electronic/paper application)
B) Letter of interest
C) Curriculum Vitae
D) Personal Statement
E) Three letters of recommendations (one letter must be from residency program director or current department chairman)
F) Official medical school transcript
G) Official USLME transcript
Candidates who do not already hold an MPH degree must also apply separately to the MPH program at the Harvard School of Public Health. Acceptance into the MPH program is not automatic for fellows. You must apply separately and be accepted into the MPH program at HPSH. Applications for the MPH are due December 15th.
Please see the website for additional information: www.hsph.harvard.edu/admissions/