The principal mission of the Emergency Medicine -Global Health program is to engage in mutually beneficial healthcare partnerships abroad. We promote leadership, scholarship, and service to the underserved populations of San Antonio and South Texas. With a focus on emergency medicine education, training, and systems development, our program provides opportunities for faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students to grow as clinicians and educators while bolstering the health of populations internationally and locally.
About the Fellowship
The division currently supports one Global Health fellow and three Combined Ultrasound Global Health fellows. Fellows gain experience in a broad range of clinical, research, teaching, and administrative skills in emergency medicine training, humanitarian aid and disaster response, cross-cultural collaboration, tropical medicine, refugee health, and international public health.
With the Combined Ultrasound Global Health Fellowship, trainees develop additional expertise in point of care ultrasound and its application in resource-limited settings. Both fellowships emphasize education to underserved areas, provision of clinical care in resource limited environments, and logistical development for sustainable education globally.
The Global Health Fellowship begins July 1 and lasts one year. Fellows divide their time between international field work, education training, projects and research, and clinical work in the Emergency Department. Curriculum is tailored to fellows’ individual interests and is divided into five areas outlined below. We also have fellows that have done a two year fellowship that includes a MPH degree:
- Global Health Curriculum
- International Field Work
- Refugee Health
- Clinical Medicine
- Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Response
Currently, our faculty and trainees engage in mutually beneficial partnerships through Emergency Medicine education and training in Nepal, Vietnam, Haiti, Peru, Zambia, and Uganda. Of paramount importance, the knowledge and proficiencies that develop from international work directly translate to the population of San Antonio and the surrounding region. Our faculty and fellows regularly volunteer to staff the weekly San Antonio Refugee Clinic, where Dr. Wayman serves as the Medical Director.
Our faculty are educators and support emergency medicine education globally. Within the past academic year, international projects from the Department of Emergency Medicine that focused on emergency medicine training and systems development include the following:
- World Health Organization Basic Emergency Care, Zambia
- The Emergency and Trauma Care Training Course for Frontline Healthcare Providers Conference, Nepal
- The Vietnam Society of Emergency Medicine International Conference on Emergency Medicine, Vietnam
- Helping Babies Breathe, Haiti
- Longitudinal Emergency Medicine, Uganda
Ready to Apply?
You must be:
- Eligible for Texas licensure
- Board certified / board eligible ABEM or AOBEM and / or
- Must have completed a U.S. ACGME-accredited Residency Program in Emergency Medicine
Applications must include:
- Curriculum Vita
- Letter of Intent
- 2-3 Letters of recommendation, including one from program director
Melissa A. Villanueva
Branden Skarpiak, MD, DTM&H
UT Health San Antonio
Department of Emergency Medicine
Attn: Melissa A. Villanueva
Ultrasound/Global Health Fellowship
7703 Floyd Curl Drive MC7736
San Antonio TX 78229-3900