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Emory University School of Medicine Global Health Residency Scholars Program

Application for Academic Year 2018-2019

Deadline: February 1, 2018


The Emory University School of Medicine (SOM) Emory Global Health Residency Scholars Program (GHRSP), established in 2012, includes a year-long curriculum (consisting of monthly lectures, seminars, and discussions) and a one month clinical rotation in Ethiopia. The program aims to provide residents/fellows from clinical departments with knowledge and practical experience in global health by building on the ongoing collaborations between Emory and Ethiopian institutions, in particular Addis Ababa University (AAU) and its main teaching hospital, Black Lion Hospital. The one month rotation in Ethiopia will focus on clinical education and teaching and is carried out in a collaborative fashion between the appropriate departments at Emory and AAU (including the Emory resident/fellow and an Emory faculty member in collaboration with colleagues at AAU). The rotation in Ethiopia should be structured to provide the Emory resident or fellow with learning opportunities as well as opportunities to "give back" and provide education and teaching to residents, medical students and other trainees at AAU. To culminate the program, Emory Global Health Residency Scholars will make short presentations about their work and experiences.

Global Health Residency Scholars Program


  1. Residents and fellows selected to participate in the Emory GHRSP will commit to attend monthly meetings for didactics and journal clubs.  Residents will be expected to attend at least 80% of the monthly meetings which run from August through May.

  2. Complete online case studies on the Ethical Challenges in Short-Term Global Health Training and participate in discussions of ethical challenges experienced by fellow residents.

  3. The international experience will consist of a one-month clinical rotation which will occur in Ethiopia, generally in Addis Ababa at Addis Ababa University/Black Lion Hospital.  Collaborations between AAU and Emory faculty are well established for a number of Departments including Internal Medicine (and a variety of subspecialties including Infectious Diseases, Cardiology, Endocrinology), Radiology, OB/GYN, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Surgery.  The Emory resident or fellow rotation will be structured, and will focus on clinical and educational activities and must be supervised by an Emory faculty member for at least the first 10-14 days of the rotation. 

  4. Global Health Residency Scholars will prepare a report on the clinical rotation, summarizing experiences, teaching, lessons learned and contributions to medical training at AAU/Black Lion Hospital and will also present an overview of their work and clinical experience to the group.

Application Requirements:

  1. Participants in the Global Health Residency Scholars Program will be restricted to residents and fellows at the PGY-3 or higher level.  Applications are due in the Spring (deadline of February 1, 2018) and are open to residents or fellows at the PGY-2 level (who will be PGY-3 or higher level during the 2018-2019 academic year). 

  2. Emory residents and fellows applying to the Global Health Residency Scholars program must be in good standing with their residency program and the Emory Graduate Medical Education Office. Their application must be supported by their Department and Program Director (as documented by a letter of support from the Program Director and Department Chair or Division Director, to include a statement of the financial support for the applicant’s travel and lodging for the 1 month rotation). 

  3. The application must be completed via an online submission form found hereThe application must include the following components:

a)    A personal statement describing why you would like to participate in the program, your interest in and definition of "Global Health", your expected goals and outcomes, and how you envision your participation in the program will benefit Ethiopian institutions (e.g., Addis Ababa University and their teaching hospitals such as Black Lion Hospital or St. Paul's).  The personal statement should be limited to no more than 2 pages (with 1 inch margins and no smaller than 11 font). 

b)    A brief Curriculum vitae (preferably NIH style)

c)    Three letters of support as follows:
Please note these letters of supports should not be submitted by the applying resident or fellow. The appropriate method of submitting these letters is explained in the online submission application here.

  • Program Director.  A detailed letter of support from the applicant's program director must be included as part of the application process.  The Program Director's letter of support should indicate their support for the applicant, detail the structure of the rotation in Ethiopia including goals and objectives of the rotation, a statement regarding how the department/division will provide oversight and supervision during the clinical rotation in Ethiopia including Emory faculty supervision of the resident or fellow while in Ethiopia, and the program director's pledge to follow the Emory GME requirements for an international rotation (  See below for further information on the necessary steps prior to resident departure.

  • Chair or Division Director.  The Chair (or Division Director) letter should indicate support for the resident or fellow's participation in the Emory Global Health Residency Scholars Program including allowing the resident or fellow to attend the monthly seminars and their commitment to support the travel costs to Ethiopia and lodging costs in Ethiopia if the resident or fellow is accepted into the Emory Global Health Residency Scholars Program (salary support for the one month rotation in Ethiopia will be supported by the Dean's Office funds for those accepted into the program). 

  • Faculty.  A letter of support should also be obtained from an Emory faculty member, ideally from the faculty member who will be providing supervision while the resident is in Ethiopia 

The above components of the application should be submitted by February 1, 2018, via online submission application using this link.

For questions regarding the Global Health Residency Scholars Program including the application process, please contact Lisa Sthreshley ( Faculty at Emory who have ongoing collaborations with Ethiopia (see list) can also provide additional information. 

Departments/Divisions that have established collaborations with Ethiopia


Emory Faculty

Internal Medicine
          *General Medicine D. Cosco
          *Infectious Diseases H. Blumberg, C. del Rio, & R. Kempker
          *Pulmonary A. Esper
          *Cardiology A. Dollar
          *Endocrinology M. Sweeney & V. Tangpricha
A. Shane, M. Linam


J. O’Banion


P. Hudgins, A. Sekhar, G. Joshi

Anatomic Pathology

J. Guarner

Clinical Pathology

J. Guarner


J. Goedken & I. Horowitz


B. Stoff


K. Delman

Emergency Medicine

M. Wheatley


M. Dooley & V. Moll

Family Medicine

O. Nwosu


F. Ayele


M. Ward

For those Departments or programs that do not have established collaborations in Ethiopia it is recommended that the Program Director or Chair contact the Directors of the Emory Global Health Residency Scholars Program, Henry M. Blumberg, MD and Carlos del Rio, MD prior to submitting an application.

The selection of the residents to participate in the Emory Global Health Residency Scholars Program will be done by an Advisory Committee comprised of faculty and residents.

Residency Program Requirements and Responsibilities

  1. Residency Programs must develop or have in place a curriculum for the GHRSP Rotation at AAU/Black Lion Hospital/ALERT clinic.  The curriculum should be submitted to the GME Office and the GHRSP (

  2. Using the GME Office Memo template inform the GME office of plans to send a resident on an off-site rotation. 

  1. The resident/fellow must sign the release form for international electives

All documentation should be submitted to the GME Office at least 5 weeks prior to the resident’s/fellow’s departure.

Participating Scholar’s responsibilities for the international rotation include:

  1. Pre-departure…

    1. Through consultation with the attending Emory faculty member for your elective and the host department at AAU/ALERT identify a suitable time window for the clinical rotation.

    2. Sign the GHRSP Resident/Fellow Agreement and 5-week pre-departure checklist and return to the GHRSP coordinator (

    3. Sign The School of Medicine at Emory University Release, Covenant not to Sue, and Waiver and return to GME office via the residency coordinator. 

  2. On return….

    1. Prepare a report on the clinical rotation to summarize experiences, teaching, lessons learned and contributions to medical training at AAU/Black Lion Hospital. Due to GHRSP coordinator 30 days after returning to Atlanta. 

    2. Presentation of a case report to highlight any novel ethical or cultural questions experienced during the rotation (Spring 2019).

    3. Presentation of rotation experience to incoming year of residents and fellows 


Henry M. Blumberg, MD & Carlos del Rio, MD
Co-Directors, Emory Global Health Residency Scholars Program


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