We recognize that quality emergency medical care is essential for reducing the morbidity and mortality consequential to a host of disease processes. This benefit has been primarily in high income countries where the majority of emergency clinicians reside, and where the majority of research is performed. The World Health Organization estimates that up to 50% of the excessive mortality burden borne by low- and middle-income countries might be eradicated by the development of effective emergency care. The purpose of the Office of Global EM is to leverage the experience and research informing the practice of emergency medicine in order to educate clinicians, collaborate to improve existing systems, and ultimately improve the quality of emergency care delivered in resource-limited environments. We envision a world where emergency medical expertise is common, specific to the needs of local patients, and evidence-based.


  1. Gain knowledge and expertise in the diagnosis and management of diseases specific to tropical and resource limited emergency settings.
  2. Gain a broader understanding of humanitarian response, collaboration with non-government organizations, and the delivery of emergency care within the framework of SPHERE principles.
  3. Innovate in the education of clinicians at home and abroad in the delivery of resource limited emergency care.
  4. Facility to navigate the ethical issues peculiar to resource-limited medicine.
  5. Learn to travel wisely, including food and water safety, navigation of customs, collaboration with local medical systems.

Past and Current Projects

  • Leadership within the ACEP International Educational Section
  • Ongoing partnership with a regional hospital in southwest Kenya. This includes contributing to and organizing critical care conferences and resident education in EM, as well as bedside teaching, simulation, and point-of-care ultrasound.
  • Responding to humanitarian crises in Nepal, Haiti, Jordan, Iraq
  • Managing a serious infectious disease team within UAB Hospital
  • Conducting high quality, prospective, clinically applicable research in resource-limited setting (RLS)
  • Collaborating with the Gorgas Institute to improve emergency care knowledge in clinicians in resource-limited settings
Kenya Field Work Gorgas DTMH Small Group
Left: Field work being completed in Kenya. Right: Gorgas Diploma course in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) small group.

We are continually seeking new opportunities for projects and sites amenable to collaboration as long as they fit within the values, vision, and direction of the global emergency medicine fellowship program and its faculty leadership.

Fellowship Designations

Fellows are responsible for an average of six clinical shifts per month over the course of the one- or two-year fellowship at one of the three UAB emergency departments. All fellowship designations include 2-3 international clinical trips, completion of a diploma of tropical medicine course in infectious and neglected tropical disease, and completion of the Harvard Humanitarian Response Course. Additionally, the fellowship involves biweekly educational meetings with global health faculty.

 Harvard_Humanitarian_Course_Sim.jpg Fellows Faculty teaching at ACEP
Left: Harvard humanitarian course simulation. Right: Fellows and faculty members teaching at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) meeting.

Global Health Fellowship

1- or 2-year fellowship. The one-year fellowship includes a completion of a global certificate of health through the UAB School of Public Health whereas the 2-year fellowship includes a completion of a master’s degree in public health or equivalent degree.

Sample 1 YR GH TimelineOne year global health fellowship timeline example

Point-of-care Ultrasound in Resource Limited Settings (PURLS) Fellowship

A 24-month fellowship in which fellows complete the requirements of the 1-year global health fellowship as well as the ACEP/SCUF requirements for clinical ultrasound fellowships (to allow the fellow to sit for future certification), while obtaining specific expertise in POCUS use and education in resource-limited settings. [VIEW MORE INFO]

Combined Population Health and Social EM Fellowship

2-year fellowship including an MPH, completion of the general global EM requirements, and further collaboration with the social EM fellowship coordinator to meet program-specific objectives and competencies. [VIEW MORE INFO]

For more information or to apply, contact:
Matthew Heimann, MD
Fellowship Director, Global Emergency Medicine
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine