Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) has a long-standing commitment to international emergency medicine (EM) with a focus on global health equity and capacity building.
LLUH started the first global EM fellowship program in the US. Our department sponsors medical missions, physician-exchange programs, as well as long-term development projects. We have active resident involvement in international electives and multiple faculty fellowship-trained in global health. It is an exciting time to be a part of global EM as many countries worldwide are just beginning to recognize EM as a specialty making many opportunities for collaboration.
Our fellowship offers a 1- or 2- year track (MPH available for the 2-year track through the University of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). As a fellow you can expect to obtain skills in public health/epidemiology, tropical medicine clinical skills, global health research, cross-cultural education and emergency systems program development (among others). Some of our more recent focus countries have been in China, Vietnam, Malawi, Rwanda and Mozambique. We have a passion for emergency medicine residency training and support two new residencies in Rwanda and Mozambique. We have strategic partner organizations such as PLeDGE Health and Good Samaritan Medical and Dental Ministry (US-Vietnam Emergency Medicine Exchange Program).
A word from one of our strategic partners:
PLeDGE Health is pleased to partner with Loma Linda University Health to provide innovative opportunities for global emergency medicine fellows. Since 2015, we have partnered with the Ministry of Health and the Maputo Central Hospital to help create the nation's first-ever emergency medicine residency in Maputo, Mozambique. As we move towards expanding the impact of improved emergency care in Mozambique, PLeDGE Health has numerous opportunities for long-term engagement. Areas where we have been engaged in the past four years have included residency curriculum development, emergency care training for practitioners from first-responders to specialists, assisted with implementation of improved patient triage and patient flow revision within partner hospitals, and provided clinical training in emergency care and triage. Some of the areas currently available for focused fellow involvement include partnering with the first group of emergency medicine residents to prepare them to lead the residency as new specialists, leading a national emergency care needs assessment process, and supporting the process of rebuilding and restructuring the emergency department of Mozambique's flagship academic hospital. http://pledgehealth.org/
We also offer a combined global health/EM ultrasound fellowship which provides a unique combined curriculum in both discipline areas. Fellowship education focuses on how to integrate the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to tackle some of the world’s toughest health challenges while also mastering new and dynamic ultrasound applications in global settings.
Loma Linda Emergency Medicine Residency Program has a robust global health curriculum with 2-3 resident elective months per year. As a fellow, you can participate in the global health training (low-resource SIM, cultural humility training, case conferences etc) for residents as well as the residency’s global health elective trips.
For additional information please contact our Fellowship Coordinator, Shelly Nelson, at SKNelson@llu.edu (909) 558-7698.