Global Health Electives

At Yale we are committed to advancing the science and practice of emergency medicine – both at home and around the world. Global health opportunities for residents abound in the Yale EM residency program. Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue advanced training in global health. Our graduates direct several top international emergency medicine fellowship programs, lead global health initiatives and many are actively engaged in emergency humanitarian response with leading governmental and non-governmental agencies. At Yale, the commitment to global health, funding options and ample elective time combine to create the perfect environment for education and exploration in global health both for those interested in experiencing health care in a different setting as well as those who will make global health their career.

Through partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars Program, Yale EM residents have the opportunity to take part in global health electives at our well-established and carefully vetted partner sites around the world. (Current sites include South Africa, Uganda, Liberia, Indonesia, Rwanda, and Colombia). The emphasis of the program is to place residents in partnership with clinicians on the ground where they can engage in bi-directional exchange. Residents learn how to care for both conditions they may not commonly see at home, as well as to learn how to manage more familiar medical conditions at more advanced stages and/or with different resources at hand. This program annually sends resident for 6-8 week rotations at partner sites. On average, Yale EM sends 5-6 residents per year for international rotations. The overall goal of the program is to enhance capacity at partner sites over-time to treat patients and train future clinicians.

In addition to the J&J Global Health Scholars Program, residents also have the opportunity to engage in electives at other sites. These requests are handled on a case by case basis and must be vetted through faculty in our section of Global Health and International Emergency Medicine. In the past, Yale EM residents have worked in Armenia, Cameroon, Columbia, Eritrea, Fiji, Ghana, the Republic of Georgia, Honduras, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Rwanda, South, Africa, Switzerland, UAE, Uganda and Zambia.