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Fellowship Experience

The Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Eastern Virginia Medical School has a variety of impactful opportunities for the Fellow. Our program gives the Fellow flexibility in exploring their personal interests in Global Health, while providing the Fellow with as much or as little structure as needed. Past Fellows have worked in various locations including Mozambique, India, Zimbabwe, and Trinidad focusing on projects in education and clinical and systems development. We have additional relationships in Kenya, Senegal, Nigeria and other locations in Africa, SE Asia, Europe, The Caribbean and Central/South America.  




Fellowship Curriculum

You may choose either a one-year or two-year track for this Fellowship. 

MPH and Global Health Certificate = 2 years

Global Health Certificate = 1 year 


Two to three plus months of overseas medical experience per year.  1,000 hours of clinical work in the Emergency Department per year.  Competitive salary of over $114,000 plus benefits and a generous travel stipend. 

GEM Fellowship curriculum will be designed to focus on public health methodology, tropical diseases, humanitarian emergencies, overseas medical missions, and additional topics of interest to the Fellow as approved by the Program Director.   Fellows will be required to successfully complete the mandatory curriculum requirements provided in their fellowship guide.  A research or scholarly project in an area of interest to the Fellow, with the expectation of publication, is required.  The Department of Emergency Medicine has access to research assistants and statistical support to assist. Each fellow is expected to host GEM-themed Journal Club and lecture for the EVMS EM residency program.

Fellows will work clinically as employees of Emergency Physicians of Tidewater (EPT), which is the private democratic group that serves as faculty for the EVMS Department of Emergency Medicine.  The practice opportunities within EPT will serve to broaden the Fellow's clinical acumen and experience, working in the Tidewater area of Virginia (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Suffolk). Fellows will have the opportunity to supervise and teach EM residents on shift.  Faculty appointment through EVMS at the Instructor level is granted.

The faculty of the EVMS Department of Emergency Medicine have diverse and extensive experiences and skills, with expertise in EM Ultrasound, EMS, Hyperbaric and Undersea Medicine, Tactical Medicine, and International and Domestic Disaster Response.  Additionally, EVMS Emergency Medicine faculty members have expertise in leadership through active roles in the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), Virginia ACEP and the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM).  


Lipika Bhat, MD
Jessica Cartoski, MD
Adele Tse, MD
Benjamin Chidester, MD


Shirley Jones, DO
Program Director

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Other Documents - Program Specific Requirements

For enrollment in July 2025 the application deadline is October 8, 2024. We will accept applications starting on August 14, 2024.

Qualifications: All applicants must graduate from an ACGME-accredited Emergency Medicine residency program. Applicants must be considered board-eligible or board-certified (BE/BC) by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) or the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM). All applicants must qualify for a Virginia state medical license and be able to be credentialed in all seven Sentara facilities. Master of Public Health (MPH) Fellows on the two-year track must complete the requirements for a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from an institution approved by the Fellowship Director. Fellows will be required to complete a separate application for admission and be accepted to the MPH program prior to starting the MPH and fellowship. 

Additional Application / Interview Information

Please submit your application by emailing the EVMS Global EM Fellowship Director, Dr. Shirley Jones, at ajones@ept911.com. Your application should include a personal statement, CV, and two letters of recommendation (one must be from your EM Residency Program Director). You also need to register with GEMFC and the NRMP match.
Application Criteria

All applicants are required to submit: Curriculum vitae (CV), A letter of intent/personal statement, and Two letters of recommendation (one must be from your EM Residency Program Director). Applicants should describe their experiences, their interests in Global Emergency Medicine and how the fellowship may enhance their career goals and expectations. Interview offers will be extended at the Fellowship Director's discretion. Fellows will be notified of acceptance through email. 

Application Process

All applications must be submitted by the application deadline through the SAEM Application Portal button below and by emailing the program director. Please note, you must also register for the NRMP Match. For questions regarding the application portal, contact helpdesk@saem.org.

Important Dates

Applications may only be submitted between Aug 14, 2024 at 12:00PM and Oct 08, 2024 at 11:59PM
Application Deadline
Oct 08, 2024 at 11:59PM