Skip Navigation

Emory University School of Medicine Global Health Residency Scholars Program

Application for Academic Year 2014-2015

The Emory University School of Medicine (SOM) Emory Global Health Residency Scholars Program (GHRSP) was established in 2012 and includes a year-long curriculum (consisting of monthly lectures, seminars, and discussions) and a one month clinical rotation in Ethiopia. The program aims to enhance and expand ongoing collaborations between Emory and Ethiopian institutions, in particular Addis Ababa University (AAU) and its main teaching hospital The Black Lion.  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. The rotation 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 participate in an annual SOM Global Health event and will make short presentation about their work and experiences.

Global Health Residency Scholars Program

Curriculum

  1. Residents and fellows selected to participate in the Emory GHRSP will 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. Attend a pre-Departure workshop on Saturday April 5, 2014. The workshop is held on the Emory Campus and focuses on numerous issues including health, safety, and cultural awareness and sensitivity and is coordinated by the Global Health Institute in collaboration with other Emory schools and departments.
  3. Complete online case studies on the Ethical Challenges in Short-Term Global Health Training.
  4. 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, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Cardiology, etc), Radiology, OB/GYN, Dermatology, Ophthamology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Surgery.  The resident or fellow rotation will be structured and will focus on clinical and educational activities.  The resident or fellow's rotation will be supervised by an Emory faculty member. 
  5. Global Health Residency Scholars will participate in the annual SOM Global Health Conference ‘Global Health Night’ in which they will present their work and clinical experience.

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 January 31, 2014) and are open to residents or fellows at the PGY-2 level or higher level. 
  2. 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 include the following components:

    1. Application cover page - download
    2. 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). 
    3. A brief Curriculum vitae (preferably NIH style)
    4. Three letters of support to include:
  • 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 (http://med.emory.edu/gme/institutional_policies/off_site_rotations.html).  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 January 31, 2014, by e-mail to Lisa Sharling (lisa.sharling@emory.edu).

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

Departments/Divisions that have established collaborations with Ethiopia

Department/Division

Emory Faculty

Internal Medicine

  • General Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pulmonary
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology

D. Cosco

H. Blumberg, C. del Rio &R. Kempker

A. Esper

A. Dollar
M. Sweeney & V. Tangpricha

Pediatrics

Shane & P. Suchdev

Ophthamology

D. Haddad & P. Pruett

Radiology

P. Hudgins/A. Sekhar

Anatomic Pathology

J. Guarner

Clinical Pathology

J. Guarner

OB/GYN

J. Goedken & I. Horowitz

Dermatology

L. DeLong & B. Stoff

Surgery

J. Pollack (Soddo)

Emergency Medicine

M. Wheatley


For those Departments or programs that do not have already established collaborations in Ethiopia it is recommended that the Program Director or Chair contact the Directors of the Emory Global Health Residency Scholars Program 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. Faculty members attending the resident/fellow during the rotation should be familiar with the Emory GME Office requirements for an international rotation and ensure the necessary documentation is in place.

2. At least 5 weeks prior to the resident’s/fellow’s departure the residency Program Director should submit a Memo to the GME Office giving notice of plans for an off-site rotation. 

3. Emory’s GME Office requirements for an off-site rotation include, but are not limited to:

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 (download) and 5-week pre-departure checklist (download) and return to the GHRSP coordinator (lisa.sharling@emory.edu).
  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 clinical rotation to summarize experiences, teaching, lessons learned and contributions to medical training at AAU/Black Lion Hospital. 
  2. Presentation of  a case report to highlight any novel ethical or cultural questions  that were experienced during the rotation (April, 2015)
  3. Presentation of  rotation experience to incoming year of residents and fellows (May, 2015)

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

References

Koplan JP, Bond TC, Merson MH, Reddy KS, Rodriguez MH, Sewankambo NK, Wasserheit JN; Consortium of Universities for Global Health Executive Board. Towards a common definition of global health. Lancet 2009;373:1993-5.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.proxy.library.emory.edu/pubmed?term=Consortium%20of%20Universities%20for%20Global%20Health%20Executive%20Board.%20Towards%20a%20common%20definition%20of%20global%20health.

Crump JA, Sugarman J; Working Group on Ethics Guidelines for Global Health Training (WEIGHT). Ethics and best practice guidelines for training experiences in global health. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2010;83:1178-82.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.proxy.library.emory.edu/pubmed?term=Ethics%20and%20best%20practice%20guidelines%20for%20training%20experiences%20in%20global%20health

Arthur, M.A., R. Battat, and T.F. Brewer, Teaching the basics: core competencies in global health. Infect Dis Clin North Am, 2011. 25(2): p. 347-58.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Teaching+the+basics%3A+core+competencies+in+global+health

Sekhar, A., R.L. Eisenberg, and C.M. Yablon, Enhancing the resident experience with global health electives. AJR Am J Roentgenol, 2012. 198(2): p. W118-21.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Enhancing+the+resident+experience+with+global+health+electives.

Pollock, J.D., et al., Is it possible to train surgeons for rural Africa? A report of a successful international program. World J Surg, 2011. 35(3): p. 493-9.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21191583

Kim, J.Y., P. Farmer, and M.E. Porter, Redefining global health-care delivery. Lancet, 2013.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Kim%2C+J.Y.%2C+P.+Farmer%2C+and+M.E.+Porter%2C+Redefining+global+health-care+delivery.+Lancet%2C+2013.

Rolle, I.V., et al., Leadership in strategic information (LSI) building skilled public health capacity in Ethiopia. BMC Res Notes, 2011. 4: p. 292

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3199790/pdf/1756-0500-4-292.pdf

Tahvildari, A.M., et al., Global health and radiology: a new paradigm for US radiology resident training. J Am Coll Radiol, 2012. 9(7): p. 516-9.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Global+health+and+radiology%3A+a+new+paradigm+for+US+radiology+resident+training

Alem A, Pain C, Araya M, Hodges BD. Co-creating a psychiatric resident program with Ethiopians, for Ethiopians, in Ethiopia: the Toronto Addis Ababa Psychiatry Project (TAAPP). Acad Psychiatry. 2010;34:424-32.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=atalay%20alem%2C%20ethiopia%2C%20toronto

Brook S, Robertson D, Makuwaza T, Hodges BD. Canadian residents teaching and learning psychiatry in Ethiopia: a grounded theory analysis focusing on their experiences.  Acad Psychiatry. 2010; 34:433-7.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.proxy.library.emory.edu/pubmed?term=Canadian%20residents%20teaching%20and%20learning%20psychiatry%20in%20Ethiopia%3A%20a%20grounded%20theory%20analysis%20focusing%20on%20their%20experiences