Program Overview

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Palmetto Health Richland is dedicated to improving access to care in areas of the world where many people still struggle for the most basic healthcare services. Nearly all Palmetto Helath Emergency Medicine residents are involved in a global health project or elective at some time during their residency training.  

The purpose of the International Emergency Medicine and Global Health Fellowship is to equip emergency medicine physicians interested in pursuing global health as a career with the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully develop global health programming and conduct research in resource limited settings.  

Fellowship Details
The International Emergency Medicine (IEM) Fellowship will provide fellows with formal training in public health, research methods, and tropical medicine in addition to ample time in the field for hands on experience. With faculty mentorship, fellows will have the opportunity to work with a variety of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to develop their own interests into a sustainable project.  Fellows will work as attending physicians in the Palmetto Health Emergency Department supervising residents in addition to fieldwork and the pursuit of a Masters level degree in public health, research, or infectious disease. 

The fellowship program partners closely with the nonprofit organization OneWorld Health Masindi-Kitara Medical Center (MKMC), a regional referral center located in Masindi, Uganda. The fellow will have the opportunity to work on a variety of ongoing clinical and public health projects at MKMC to improve the quality of care in Masindi. 

Length of Training
The non-accredited fellowship will be completed over two years in conjunction with a master's degree from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine by distance learning. The fellowship may be completed in one year for applicants who already have a master's level degree. Upon completion of training the fellow will receive a certificate of fellowship training from Palmetto Health Richland and the University of South Carolina.