Theodore A. Christopher, MD, FACEP
Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Global Health Fellowship
"Global health is an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasises transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes inter- disciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population- based prevention with individual-level clinical care.'
(Koplan, et al., 2009)
Bon Ku, MD
Director, Global Health Fellowship
Director, Resident Ultrasound
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
At Jefferson we believe that optimal healthcare is not delivered by just one professional, one specialty or one discipline. We offer patients a team-based approach to care that includes physicians from a variety of specialties, a team of nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals. With Global Health, we in Jefferson’s Dept. of Emergency Medicine, hope to take this same team approach globally.
We believe that it is impossible to develop and grow the specialty of emergency medicine if the remainder of the healthcare system does not develop. We also believe that improving healthcare globally begins in one’s own backyard. Therefore, our focus is not just emergency medicine and not just international work, but global health…hence the name of the fellowship.
The Global Health Fellowship at Jefferson Emergency Medicine is designed to provide the fellow with a comprehensive education and experience in global health development. With a focus on an inter-disciplinary and systems-based approach to healthcare development that includes consideration of economic, political, cultural and social issues, the fellow will complete the program with a broad set of skills that can be used in the future to work at a micro or macro level.
The two-year curriculum for the fellowship offers a combination of required and optional activities as outlined below (click here for the specific curriculum):
- Masters in Public Health through the Jefferson School of Population Health (most classes are 5pm and later, with some online courses too)
- 3-month international block/year
- International Field Site: Sierra Leone
- Hands-on work with local health authorities, local and global non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and local/national healthcare training facilities at the field site
- Clinical work in the Emergency Department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Methodist Hospital (18 hours/week averaged over each year)
- Supervision and teaching of emergency medicine residents
- Grand Rounds and other presentations on global health issues, within and outside the department
- Participation in university-wide global health efforts, including development of a university-wide global-health curriculum
- Participation in one international conference/year
- Monthly didactic sessions with fellowship directors
Koplan JP, Bond T, Merson M, et al. Towards a common definition of global health. The Lancet. 2009;373(9679):1993-1995.