Global Health Fellowship

Global Health Fellowship

The Department of Emergency Medicine sponsors a global health fellowship designed to help lead fellows a rewarding career in international emergency medicine. This one-year fellowship is designed to develop skills that will help advance the field of emergency medicine in resource-poor areas and prepare fellows to become experts in the field of global health. Individual program emphasis will be determined by the fellow’s areas of interest and may include clinical care, capacity-building, teaching, and/or research.

"It’s hard to describe the intangible moments of personal growth on this rotation." - Ryan Thompson, MD, CHSE '12

Global emergency medicine in rural Guatemala

Program Details

During the year, fellows will work closely with the fellowship director to develop and implement a project tied to their interests. Fellows will gain experience in the logistics of working in resource-poor settings and a greater understanding of the determinants of health.

Fellows will also be involved in ongoing global health resident education in the Department of Emergency Medicine and will participate in longitudinal resident didactics, pre-departure orientation, and may choose to be involved in other resident-led projects.

Global Health Fellows work a limited number of clinical shifts and spend the remainder of their time involved in ongoing education and practical global health experiences. Fellows also receive a very competitive salary and funding for travel and education to further enhance and tailor the educational experience to their specific needs.

Fellowship Director

Dr. Jessica SchmidtJessica Schmidt, MD, MPH
Director of Global Health

Dr. Jessica Schmidt serves as the director of global health at the University of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine, as well as the assistant director of ultrasound for medical student education. Dr. Schmidt also leads a Global Health Predeparture Course for all GME trainees UW Health. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. While in Baltimore, she completed a Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she focused on epidemiology and biostatistics. Dr. Schmidt completed her emergency medicine residency training at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. She then chose to focus on ultrasound and global health by completing an ultrasound fellowship at Denver Health Medical Center.

Dr. Schmidt is currently partnering with physicians at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital and the Mbale Clinical Research Institute, along with Atlas International, an NGO dedicated to improving health for children in Eastern Africa. The project is focused on creating a training and research program in point-of-care ultrasound in Mbale. Most recently, Dr. Schmidt helped to develop and implement a web-based toolkit to provide education and resources to learners utilizing point-of-care ultrasound in low-resource settings (check it out: Global Point of Care Ultrasound: A Technical Guide). She also currently serves as Chair for ACEP's Section of Emergency Ultrasound Global Subcommittee.

Dr. Schmidt's academic interests include emergency ultrasound, international medicine and resident education. She has studied, taught or worked in Nepal, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Peru, Thailand, Mali, Senegal, Belgium, and France.

Core Global Health Faculty

James Svenson, MD, MS
Janis P. Tupesis, MD

Current Fellows

Ashwath Gunasekar, MD
Travis Wieland, MD, MA, MSc

Please contact Dr. Jessica Schmidt at to express interest in applying to the University of Wisconsin Global Health Fellowship program.

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