University of Wisconsin

The Global Health Fellowship in the Department of Emergency Medicine offers a one-year program aimed to prepare fellows for a career in global health. Fellows will participate in clinical, educational, and research activities related to global health and will complete the Graduate Professional Certificate in Global Health through the University of Wisconsin Global Health Institute. 

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Fellowship Experience

EM Global Health Fellowship

This is a one year fellowship designed to develop skills that will help advance the field of emergency medicine in resource- limited areas and lead fellows on a career path in global health. Individual program emphasis will be determined by the fellow's areas of interest and may include clinical care, capacity-building and teaching or research. Global Health fellows will work a limited number of clinical shifts and will spend the remainder of their time involved in ongoing education and practical global health experiences. Fellows will have the opportunity to enroll in the University of Wisconsin Global Health Institute Graduate Professional Capstone Certificate if they do not already hold an advanced degree (MPH). Field experiences are focused in Uganda and Guatemala, but may include other sites based on individual fellow interest.

Fellowship Curriculum

Our fellowship is designed to be flexible to meet the individual interests and goals of our fellows. A large part of the global health fellowship experience is in participation in activities abroad. We have partnerships with two sites, but fellows with other connections or interests can discuss other sites and locations with the fellowship director. Time abroad will typically be spent as a mix of clinical and educational activities focused on capacity building. Fellows with a strong interest in research can also participate in ongoing research efforts or develop their own research project.


 Global Partners:

·      Mbale, Uganda: Mbale is located approximately six hours by road from Kampala in the eastern part of  Uganda. We partner with Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, a government run not-for-profit hospital, with a catchment population of 4.5 million people from 16 districts. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with the pediatric and adult team to improve care for patients with acute presentations. Previous fellows have been involved in designing and implementing a training program in point-of-care ultrasound and a needs assessment for patients with sickle cell anemia. Ongoing research includes evaluation of the acceptability of point of care ultrasound in district-level hospitals and evaluation of children with suspected pneumonia using ultrasound.


·      San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala:    San Lucas Toliman is located near Lake Atitlan approximately three hours from the capital city. Residents are primarily Maya and many speak Spanish only as a second language. In San Lucas, fellows will have the opportunity to treat patients in an acute care setting, work with local community health workers, and teach medical students. UW has been partnering with the town of San Lucas Toliman for over 20 years providing clinical care, education and research. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate as clinical instructors for UW medical students during short-term medical mission trips, but also to explore more in-depth partnerships.

Global Health Capstone Certificate:

·       The Global Health fellowship includes enrollment in the UW-Madison Capstone Certificate in Global Health. This is an 11-credit graduate-level program designed for professionals (typically those in health sciences) working in global health. The program is focused on a broad understanding of global health concepts including history of global health, current challenges, financing and governance and health system models. The certificate program also includes training in health statistics, infectious diseases and noncommunicable diseases with an overarching theme of One Health. The certificate emphasizes effective and ethical engagement with global partners with a capstone mentored field experience.

·       Coursework is online and largely asynchronous to allow flexibility while fellows work in country and abroad.

·       Fellows will design a community/public health Capstone field project which will build on coursework throughout the year and integrate with their ongoing global fellowship activities.



·       Fellows will work a limited number of clinical shifts primarily at Beloit Memorial Hospital and UW satellite affiliate East Madison Hospital. The fellow will work an average of 8 clinical shifts/month.

·       Benefits: Fellows will receive a competitive salary with CME funds to enhance educational activities.


Project Name & Description Details
San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Department of Emergency Medicine have a long-standing relationship with the community of San Lucas Tolimán in rural Guatemala and have been providing clinical care to its population for over a decade. If interested, fellows can participate as clinical faculty for our medical student Service Learning course, or pursue other research or community education projects based on local needs in conjunction with our partners at the San Lucas Mission. Other links:
Mbale, Uganda
Fellows will also have the opportunity to work clinically at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, a government run not-for-profit hospital, with a catchment population of 4.5 million people from 16 districts. Mbale is located approximately six hours by road from Kampala in the eastern part of Uganda. Fellows can work in both the pediatric and adult acute and inpatient care areas. We also partner with a local NGO and fellows will have the opportunity to work at Joy Hospice as well. In addition to clinical care, the UW Global Team has built an ultrasound training program with the aid of a Global Health Institute Seed Grant. The program focuses on training for pediatric and adult providers in POCUS. Fellows will have ample opportunities to teach POCUS during their time in Mbale and to develop educational content for asynchronous learning. Other links:


Arthur Chiu
Arthur Chiu
Global Health Fellow 2019-20
Daniel Summers
Daniel Summers
Global Health Fellow 2020-21
Ilan Kolkowitz
Ilan Kolkowitz
Global Health Fellow 2020-21
Ashwath Gunesekar
Ashwath Gunesekar
Global Health Fellow 2021-22
Travis Wieland
Travis Wieland
Global Health Fellow 2021-22


Jessica Schmidt
Jessica Schmidt, MD, MPH
Program Director

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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

Applicants should submit at CV, Letter of Interest and provide three references for contact.

Interview dates TBD. Interviews will be conducted initially by phone. In person interviews by invitation.

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Important Dates

Applications may only be submitted between Jun 01, 2023 at 12:00PM and Sept 1, 2023 at 12:00PM
Application Deadline
Sept 1, 2023
Interview Date
8/15/23- 10/1/23