International Division

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Welcome to EMRA's International Division! (
Eric Lee, MD
Mount Sinai SOM - New York
Vice Chair
Brian Strickland, MD
University of Chicago
Staff Liaison
James Bryant
Board Liaison, Vice-Speaker
Nathan Vafaie, MD
Baylor College of Medicine

Connect to your international career at SAEM!

Our interactive and collaborative workshop in May will feature an overview of international EM job opportunities and faculty from a variety of international EM fellowships. See more details at the EMRA Events at SAEM page.

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US resident looking for global opportunities

International resident looking to come to the US

US residents: Discover the world with emergency medicine.

The International Division connects EMRA to the world, and the world to EMRA. We are your hub of information on contacts, mentorship, projects, rotations, fellowships and beyond.

International EM holds the greatest opportunities to improve care and impact patient lives, thanks to people like YOU!

In the United States alone, there are over 35 fellowship programs, and many US medical students and residents rotate abroad.

Step 1: Ask the right questions.




What motivates you within IEM? Consider the different areas of IEM from this landmark article:

• Systems Development
• Humanitarian Relief
• Disaster Management
• Public Health
• Travel Medicine
• Program Administration
• Academics

EMRA has resident experts and alumni in each of these areas; please reach out to our Division or contact the Division Chair or Vice-Chair.

Step 2: Do the background research: EMRA Publications.

Read broadly in your areas of interest! The International Division publishes interviews, highlights and guides frequently in EM Resident Magazine.

There is an alphabet soup of international organizations underlying IEM. Consider ACEP's list of International Organizations.

Consider writing and publishing in your area of interest. Don't know what that is? Join the Global EM Literature Review, which annually publishes a review of the best practice-changing articles in IEM. Joining this prestigious group can land you authorship in a respected and highly cited EM article.

Step 3: Find your people: Mentorship.

The heart of the International Division is connecting YOU to the people that will enable you to work in IEM! These sister organizations below are specifically interested in resident leadership.

First stop, get a mentor.

The Global EM Academy (GEMA, an academy of SAEM) is particularly keen on resident involvement, with needs for residents in every one of its subcommittees. Working with GEMA is a fast track way to land an academic position and get involved with research. Resident members of SAEM can find a mentor using the GEMA mentorship website, where you can browse experts from every geographic and disciplinary area to find your perfect match.

Next stop, ACEP International Section. ACEP's International Ambassador Program is recruiting resident ambassadors, and YOU can be that ambassador to the country of your choice! This is the best close mentoring experience with a senior ACEP member. Contact ACEP International Section to apply.

The International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM) is essentially the United Nations of EM. IFEM is an organization of organizations. While you can't receive individual membership in IFEM, as a member of EMRA, you are eligible to join many IFEM committees and meet an unbelievably international group of experts. In particular, the International Categorisation of EM Websites Task Force is on an ambitious task to catalog and rate every EM-related website in the world and residents are needed to contribute to this landmark initiative. Please contact the EMRA International Division Chair/Vice-Chair for more information.

Step 4: Dive in: Rotations & Fellowships.

Start by considering an IEM rotation in residency. The easiest rotations are typically those offered through your institution. If you have a particular country or area of interest, contact your ACEP Ambassador to that country or Maude S. Hancock, ACEP International Relations Manager ( to be placed in contact with the ACEP Ambassador from your country of interest.

Ready for more? You may want to consider an IEM fellowship.

The International Emergency Medicine Fellowship Consortium (IEMFC) has developed a central website for IEM fellowship information and applications. See the entire list of IEM fellowships here:

What is an IEM fellowship?

The IEM fellowship is designed to provide academic training for EM physicians who intend to have international medicine as a career focus. IEM fellowship training emphasizes the development of clinical, research, leadership, and teaching skills. IEM fellowships are one to two years in length with most two-year programs offering an MPH degree. Typically, a fellow spends six months abroad during the course of a two-year fellowship, and the remaining time is spent at the home institution performing academic and clinical duties.

Know Before You Go: Planning for an International Rotation

International Rotation Packing List (PDF)
Resources for International Travel (PDF)
International Rotation Planning Checklist (PDF)
Links to Educational Material and Clinical Resources

Other International Emergency Medicine Opportunities

• Check out the International Projects Map from the International EM Fellowships Consortium - many fellowship programs are open to resident involvement at their sites!
ACEP International Opportunity Database
• Interested in International Emergency Medicine, read this article
• Yale/Stanford Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars Program
• Emergency Care in Ghana and Rwanda (sidHARTe) or Download PDF Brochure
• Physicians Ultrasound in Rwanda Education Initiative (PURE)
• University of Botswana Elective in Emergency Medicine
• Global Health in Nepal 
• Project Medishare in Haiti
• PACE Med-Spanish
• Global Emergency Care Collaborative (GECC)
Click here (PDF) for a 3-page list of Organizations that often have opportunities for international rotations, plus their contact information and website address!
Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) Program
American Medical Student Association (AMSA): International Health Opportunities
International Medical Volunteers Association

How to Establish Your Own International Elective/Rotation

Establishing an International Elective/Rotation and Funding International Programs by Kumar Alagappan, MD

Want to add an International Emergency Medicine opportunity? Email us!

International Conferences

International Conferences

Download EMRA's Free International Emergency Medicine Guidebook

IEMCover International Emergency Medicine (2013)
by Joseph Becker, MD, Erika Schroeder, MD, MPH, Bhakti Hansoti, MBcHB, and Gabrielle Jacquet, MD, MPH

Pack your carry-on with EMRA's essential guide for clinicians in resource-limited settings! This "know before you go" handbook covers everything from ethics to immunizations to passports and will emrich your travel experience as well as help optimize the care of your patients.

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Order now from the ACEP Bookstore or!

EMRA Member Price $15.95 // ACEP Member Price $17.95 // List Price $19.95

Disaster Medicine

While disaster medicine overlaps heavily with IEM, it is usually under the purview of EMS. You can also consult the ACEP Disaster Medicine Section.

International Residents: Explore US opportunities




Coming to the US to learn emergency medicine is considerably difficult for international residents and students. The EMRA International Division frequently receives requests for information on US observerships and rotations, and we strive to help all of our members achieve their professional goals.

Fortunately, the ACEP International Section has prepared a Rotation and Observership Database to identify those institutions in the US that have policies in place to accept international residents and students. We encourage you to contact the ACEP International Section for more information. Good luck!

We always want to hear from you! Email the EMRA International Division Chair or Vice-Chair and let us know what you envision, and how we can help you accomplish it.

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