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The University of Colorado Fellowship in Global Emergency Medicine seeks to prepare emergency physicians to effectively participate in global health by providing training in the foundations of emergency medicine education, emergency systems development, humanitarian assistance, disaster management, community and public health, travel and field medicine, and program management.
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Fellowship Experience


The fellowship is a 12- or 24-month (depending on if an MPH is to be obtained) graduate medical education program designed to train fellows in global emergency medicine concepts, to facilitate field experience in application of these concepts, and to provide research skills necessary to become an academic clinician with a specialty in global emergency medicine. The fellow will receive ongoing mentorship from the core faculty of the department’s Global Emergency Care Initiative.  Please visit our website here: for more information. 

Focused work

Opportunities for global and domestic activities exist in a variety of settings. They include, but not limited to, the following:

EM systems development in resource-limited settings:  Fellows have the opportunity to participate in building EM systems capacity for resource-limited settings in collaboration with the World Health Organization Acute Care Division, as well as the African Federation of Emergency Medicine. Past and current projects include implementation of EM clinical pathways, triage tools, clinical care checklists, standardized clinical forms, resuscitation areas, trauma registries, and emergency care training courses in Zambia, Liberia, Nepal, Moldova, Armenia, Afghanistan, Timor-Leste, and other sites. Fellows will have the opportunity to become facilitators for the WHO Basic Emergency Care course to participate in both teaching of the course and training other “trainers” to administer the course in numerous global locations.

C3 Global Trauma Network in South Africa: Fellows have the opportunity to join a research collaborative that has been in place for more than ten years in the Western Cape of South Africa.  Opportunities for developing new research projects or joining one of several already in progress are plentiful.  Current research projects focus on prehospital trauma care and preventable injury. More information can be found at this website: 

Complex Humanitarian Emergencies: Fellows have the opportunity to deploy on international disaster response missions with Team Rubicon as a WHO-verified Emergency Medical Team, as well as on disaster training and preparedness missions. Prior fellows have deployed with Team Rubicon to Haiti and Papua New Guinea.

International Policy: Fellows interested in global health policy and advocacy have hte opportunity to work with WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and consult for the Emergency, Trauma, and Acute Care Programme. 

Facility-based, preshopital, and out-of-hospital emergency care program development: Fellows have the opportunity to participate in emergency medicine program development and training in multiple countries, including Liberia, Ghana, Zambia, and Uganda. 

Public Health in Guatemala: Fellows can work in collaboration with the Colorado School of Public Health in the Trifino region of western Guatemala. More information on the partnership can be found here:


Fellows develop an independent project over the course of their fellowship, including project concept, development, administration, evaluation, ethic review, and funding, if applicable. The project can occur at an established program site or a new location of their choosing. Fellows are encouraged to draw on mentorship in one or more of the emergency medicine-related disciplines available at Denver Health/University of Colorado, including clinical or public health research, disaster preparedness and response, education and capacity building, emergency medical systems, ultrasound, high altitude/wilderness, climate-related health emergencies, and EM administration and development. The fellow will receive ongoing guidance, feedback, and assistance from the fellowship director(s) as well as other faculty whose expertise is relevant. 


Fellows will have a faculty appointment at the University of Colorado School of Medicine as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Clinical responsibilities will occur throughout the fellowship but can be grouped within reason and at the ultimate discretion of the staff scheduler to allow travel for fellowship-related activities. 

Fellows will act as teaching attendings and are expected to provide bedside teaching and supervision to emergency medicine and off-service residents, advanced practice providers and trainees, and rotating medical students.

Moonlighting is permitted within the University of Colorado system.

Fellowship Curriculum

1. Participation in the projects listed above, tailored in concert with the fellowship director and identified mentors within the Global Emergency Care Initiative.

2. Participation in Global Emergency Care Initiative meetings: monthly meetings to discuss project status and progress, upcoming conferences, research and other operational issues.

3. Completion of at least one research project of publishable quality at an international site, where global emergency medicine concepts can be applied and the effect can be measured and reported in an academic manner.

4. Completion of experiential and didactic education, provided by the Global Emergency Care Initiative core faculty in the following global emergency medicine core curricular elements: emergency medicine systems development, humanitarian relief, disaster management, public health, travel and field medicine, international research and program administration, immigrant and refugee health, and professional development.

5. Attendance at faculty meetings, residency case conference, and other requirements as expected of faculty with Clinical Instructor status within the Department of Emergency Medicine. 


Alexander Bedard
Alex Bedard, MD
United States Air Force
Taylor Burkholder, MD MPH
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
Mackenzie Shribbs
Mackenzie Shribbs, MD MPH
United States Air Force
Julia Dixon, MD MPH
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado
Maddie Ross, MD MPH
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado
Ashley Pickering, MD MPH
Current Fellow
Will Fraser
Current Fellow


Corey Bills
Program Director

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Additional Application / Interview Information

Thank you for your interest in our Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program. Please fill out the below application form in the portal completely. Following this, you will need to attach 3 additional items: 1. CV 2. Personal Statement (consider including items such as your interest in the fellowship of your choice and why, a description of prospective projects, and where you see yourself in five years). 3. Professional Headshot Additionally, please submit two Letters of Recommendation (one must be from your current Residency Director).
Application Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants seeking a one-year position if said applicant already holds a relevant advanced degree or has significant field experience within global emergency medicine. Applicants must be board eligible/certified in emergency medicine. We accept graduates from both three- and four-year residency training programs.

Application Process

All applications must be submitted by the application deadline through the SAEM Application Portal button below. Please note, you must also register for the NRMP Match.

Important Dates

Applications may only be submitted between May 25, 2023 at 12:00PM and Oct 01, 2023 at 12:00PM
Application Deadline
Oct 01, 2023 -- We accept rolling applications until October 1, 2023.
Interview Date
Oct 3, 2023 (virtual).