Recent worldwide changes affecting global public health have led many to the realization that the provision of emergency medical care should be an essential component of any healthcare system. Although data regarding the provision of emergency care in the developing world is limited, many of the illnesses and injuries seen with the Global Burden of Disease are responsive to the prompt provision of care, and emergency care remains a key expectation of populations around the world. Western institutions, academic Emergency Medicine programs, and emergency physicians are often called upon to provide insight and consultation into the development of Emergency Medicine internationally; however, these physicians may have little training, or experience, involving international health systems and the role of emergency medical care, cross cultural concerns, or knowledge of public health practices.
In order to address this need, the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University has developed an International Health fellowship. This program is designed to assist the fellow in developing an understanding of global public health concerns, analyzing and assessing select international health systems, examining the role of emergency medical care within the context of specific systems, generating proposals and program outlines for emergency medical care development within the context of local healthcare systems, and developing skills for working with international organizations.