The mission of the Global Health Division is to improve the health outcomes of patients affected by emergencies, globally and locally. To accomplish this, we develop a cadre of Emergency Medicine physicians with a deep understanding of how globalization affects emergency care and the ability to respond to the needs of patients in the United States and Emergency Medicine capacity building of our partners abroad.
The Division, based at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West, offers programs that focus on enhancing the training, education, clinical, research, and field work skills of Emergency Medicine Global Health Fellows and residents through a rigorous program in the United States. We foster their contribution to the development of emergency services with our partners in low and middle-income countries.
Since its inception in 2007, our two-year Global Health Fellowship has trained 14 fellows, combining a Master’s of Public Health degree, online and live modules, clinical rotations, certificate courses, and field rotations with partner NGOs/hospital/ medical school throughout Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and South East Asia. For the Emergency Medicine residency, we have developed and implemented a Global Health curriculum with monthly case reports/lectures, Global Health Day Lecture Series, and field rotations (3-10 residents per year) in the Department of Emergency Medicine Residency, and a Global Health Track for Emergency Medicine residents. We helped our Ultrasound Division to develop its global training reach and research potential in Mozambique. We sponsor a one-month per year emergency medicine observational rotation for medical students from University of The Gambia Medical School.
Our teams have contributed to the strengthening of existing Emergency Medicine services in more than 17 countries through knowledge transfer programs. These include: Emergency Medicine care/disaster relief training/educational curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation, trauma needs assessment, local practice guidelines, and clinical service to medical students, physicians, and community health workers.
Our current, active partners include Bugando Medical Center (Mwanza, Tanzania), Hospital Dr. Antonio Musa (San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic), Catholic University of Mozambique (Beira, Mozambique), and Lao Friends Hospital for Children (Luang Prabang, Lao).
Our team has contributed to chapters in the Oxford Handbook on Disaster Medicine and the Handbook of Bioterrorism and Disaster Medicine, and continues to research and publish in the fields of travel/tropical medicine/immigrant health/ with the support from the Mount Sinai West Travel Clinic (Geosentinel), HealthRight (NYC), the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (NYC), and the Catholic University of Mozambique.