Department of Emergency Medicine
School of Medicine Queen's University

Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship

The Queen’s University Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship is designed to prepare future leaders in academic international emergency medicine by providing training in emergency disaster response, humanitarian aid, international research and emergency medical systems.

The two-year fellowship is tailored to a Fellow’s individual interests but is typically divided between a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree, fieldwork, international emergency medicine training courses, research and clinical work as an attending physician in the emergency department.

For Fellows who do not already hold an MPH degree, the Fellowship will include an MPH at Queen’s (or elsewhere as pre-arranged with the Program Director). Coursework for the degree will be taken throughout the two-year fellowship and will occur concurrently with clinical shifts, other academic courses and field experience abroad. For Fellow’s already holding an MPH degree, one-year fellowships may be considered.

The international emergency curriculum includes a choice of courses within North American and abroad on a range of topics including:

1) Humanitarian/disaster response,
2) International study design/methodologies, and
3) Emergency medicine system development 

Fellows also participate in the bi-weekly global health research lab meetings and in other global health activities at Queen’s University including those offered by the Office of Global Health (schedule permitting).

Approximately four to five months will be spent working abroad.  Fieldwork is arranged by the Fellow and supervised by the fellowship director. Fellows should take a leadership role during field placements with each experience designed to increase their knowledge base and opportunity to practice acquired skills.

Fellows are required to complete at least one research project during their fellowship (suitable for publication in a peer reviewed journal). Fellows may develop their own project or take an active role in an ongoing project at Queen’s University. Fellows will be strongly encouraged to write a global health-related grant throughout the course of their training.


Clinical Medicine:  In order to solidify their clinical skills, Fellows work part-time clinically in the emergency department of Kingston General Hospital and at the Urgent Care Centre of Hotel Dieu Hospital. There is an expectation for Fellows to work an average of eight clinical shifts per six-week scheduling block. For those at the Faculty level, additional shifts may be picked up as timing permits when the Fellow is in Kingston. These additional shifts are remunerated at the departmental rate for clinical adjuncts. While working clinically, Fellows at the Faculty level supervise emergency medicine and off-service residents as well as medical students.

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Susan Bartels, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Program Director, International Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Clinician-Scientist, Queen’s University

Colleen Davison, BSc/HBOR, BEd (OCT), MPH, PhD
Epidemiologist, Department of Public Health Sciences, Queen’s University

Jennifer Carpenter MD, FRCPC, CCFP, MSc
Director, Office of Global Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University

Eva Purkey, MD, MPH, CCFP, FCFP
Global Health Director, Department of Family Medicine, Queen’s University

Heather Aldersey, MS, PhD
Faculty Lead, International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University

Kieran Michael Moore, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP, MPH,  DTM&H, FRCPC
Program Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Professor of Emergency and Family Medicine, Queen's University

David Messenger, MD, MM, FRCPC, FCCP
Department Head, Department of Emergency Medicine, Queen’s University