Global Health


  • Generous elective time and our department's relationships abroad provide exciting elective opportunities
  • The Senior Specialty Track provides comprehensive training for careers in global health, with fieldwork opportunities in a growing number of places including Myanmar and Liberia

Mount Sinai Emergency Medicine residents have many exciting global health opportunities, from electives to a Specialty Track designed to prepare them for global health careers. Residents take advantage of our department's relationships with institutions in Italy, Holland, Chile, and Honduras during their elective time.

The Senior Specialty Track, one of the most popular, is supervised by Sigrid Hahn, MD, director of the Emergency Medicine Division of Global Health and one of the leaders of the Mount Sinai Global Health Center (GHC). Specialty Track residents gain global health skills via a didactic and field-based curriculum. Residents take courses through Mount Sinai's Master in Public Health program covering topics such as "Introduction to Global Health" and "Refugee Health". Participants can also choose to pursue a full MPH degree.

The two-to-three-month field experience is based at one of the GHC's partner sites, which include non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and hospitals in underserved areas. Currently some senior residents are working in Myanmar with the NGO "The MENTOR Initiative". This organization specializes in providing malaria and dengue fever control through technical and operational support in emergencies and recovering crises. Other residents are based in Liberia with a multi-institutional consortium striving to rebuild health care capacity after years of devastating conflict in the region. Residents build practical skills and make contacts in the field that will be crucial to pursuing international EM fellowships or moving directly into careers in global health.

Contact Us

Claribel Velasquez
Residency Coordinator
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Tel: 212-824-8069
Fax: 212-731-7325

Kaushal H. Shah, MD
Associate Professor
Residency Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
One Gustave Levy Place, Box 1620
New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212-824-8069
Fax: 646-537-9317

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