International Pediatric Emergency Medicine

An integrated fellowship in Global Health and Pediatric Emergency Medicine

The International Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship prepares leaders in global health and pediatric emergency care, as well as emergency care systems. Fellows train jointly in an integrated program for American Board of Pediatrics certification in pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) and global health. PEM training is in a busy pediatric emergency department at a tertiary academic center with program faculty who have diverse research, quality improvement, medical education and project interests.

Global health training is integrated throughout the fellowship include opportunities to develop skills in; program design and implementation, academic partnerships, humanitarian aid and disaster response, emergency systems development, health program administration and funding, cross-cultural collaboration, international public health, and human rights. Global health training is completed through the Boston Children’s Hospital Division in Emergency Medicine in partnership with the Boston Children’s Global Health Program and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of International Emergency Medicine and Humanitarian Programs.

The fellowship program is designed for those seeking a career in academic international pediatric emergency medicine and/or medical leadership and research in international health organizations. During this integrated five-year program (four years for applicants with an MPH degree) fellows will:

  • Complete the requirements of pediatric emergency medicine fellowship, including scholarly project, to meet American Board of Pediatric sub-specialty requirements
  • Actively participate in international field projects
  • Fellows gain firsthand experience in disaster response, EM development, refugee medicine, public health, human rights, travel medicine, and emergency medical provider training in both developed and underdeveloped countries. A broad range of international experience is a hallmark of the program.
  • Develop a strong knowledge base in international public health. Fellows earn a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. In addition, fellows complete the Humanitarian Response Intensive Course and the International Committee of the Red Cross’s two-week HELP Course.
  • Conduct research in international emergency medicine. Fellows may join ongoing faculty research projects or spearhead individual projects in their areas of interest. As affiliates of the Division of International Emergency Medicine and Humanitarian Programs and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, fellows have access to faculty, research, and training resources throughout the university.
  • Obtain a working knowledge of university, governmental, and non-governmental international health organizations. Through field experience and the fellowship’s network of partner organization (including the International Rescue CommitteeOxfamSave the ChildrenCARERed Cross/Red CrescentDoctors Without BordersPhysicians for Human Rights, and others) fellows learn to navigate the complex field of global health. 
  • Learn to develop, fund, and sustain international programs. Experience writing grant proposals for individual projects is strongly encouraged and fully supported within the fellowship.
  • Maintain clinical skills in pediatric emergency medicine. Fellows supervise Harvard and other affiliated residents in the pediatric emergency department of Boston Children’s Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center with over 65,000 emergency visits per year.
  • See a full description of the International Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship.
Teaching pediatric resuscitation in Liberia.

Application requirements

Successful applicants must be board certified or board eligible in pediatrics when they begin the fellowship. To apply, please submit the following materials by September 3, 2021, at 12 p.m. ET. (See application form & description for details: 

  • Application Form
  • CV
  • Personal statement for International Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • One letter of recommendation pertaining to global health work from a faculty member

Applications can be submitted via email to