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Weill Cornell - Aga Khan University Joint Global Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship

The mission of the Weill Cornell-Aga Khan Global Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship is to train emergency physicians for academic careers in global emergency care research. 

Our vision is to develop future leaders in global emergency care focused on addressing health disparities, emergency care system strengthening, and delivering high-quality acute and emergency care for populations globally through innovation and research.


Graduates of the Fellowship should have the necessary skills to enter a career in Global Emergency Medicine research.

The fellowship program is designed to provide physicians the opportunity to obtain:

  1. comprehensive experience with global emergency care systems
  2. formal training in conducting patient-oriented research
  3. mentored training in global emergency medicine research
  4. exposure to well-founded academic environments

The breadth of expertise both within the Department of Emergency Medicine and across both Weill Cornell Medical College and the Aga Khan University Center of Excellence for Emergencies and Trauma will allow fellows to gain focused research mentorship.

Learning Philosophy 

The Global EM Research fellowship program adopts a deliberate practice approach to training where training objectives are achieved through purposeful and systematic learning. The curriculum framework hinges on the pursuit of personal improvement across four essential components via well-defined, specific goals within targeted areas of development. The research topics and field sites for each fellow will be tailored to their own self-identified core interests. Knowledge acquired will be reinforced using focused mentorship strategies and training will be strengthened using continuous formative and summative assessment linked to performance.

Objectives of the Fellowship:

Fellows will achieve the following three objectives during the two-year program:

  • Develop the knowledge and understanding of emergency care systems in complex clinical environments within low-resource settings, including building cultural and ethical competency regarding global emergency care.
  • Develop knowledge and experience in diverse research designs and methods applicable to programs to address emergency care needs in low-resource settings. This includes: 1) the completion of the requirements for a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research; 2) experience in the conduct of global emergency care research, including preparing and submitting of IRB applications, dissemination of findings via scholarly presentations and manuscripts; and 3) preparation of NIH grant applications.
  • Develop competency and gain experience in the practice of evidence-based emergency care in New York City, and abroad.

Curriculum Structure: 

The curriculum has four components:
(1) Global Emergency Care: During the fellowship, the fellow will spend a total of 9 months at one of the Aga Khan University’s Emergency Department Site depending on their area of interest; international clinical sites are located in South Asia (Pakistan) and East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania). Through this fieldwork experience, fellows will gain direct exposure to the delivery of emergency care in resource-poor settings. Fellows will receive mentored training to develop skills for stakeholder engagement, demonstrating culturally competent healthcare, and establishing successful relationships with international colleagues, and have the opportunity to take language courses to improve their cross-cultural communication skills. We will hold biweekly didactic sessions and journal clubs with Weill Cornell and global EM faculty, guest lecturers, and joint sessions with other fellows in EM will allow the fellow to acquire knowledge of major global health conditions and gain an understanding of various health delivery systems.

(2) Formal Training in Patient-Oriented Research: Fellows will have the opportunity to complete a Masters of Science (MSc) degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. This curriculum spans two years and includes both formal didactic and mentored training in patient-oriented research. Specifically, fellows will gain an understanding of research methodology, study design, and develop skills in data management and analysis.

(3) Global EM Research: Each fellow will be required to undertake a primary research project during fellowship under the guidance of a project mentor. Each project will include design, proposal writing, submission of research protocols to an Institutional Review Board (IRB), data collection, data analysis, presentation of one or more individual research abstracts at a national or international conference, and/or publication of one or more manuscripts in a peer-reviewed journal. In year 2 of the fellowship, fellows will complete a K-level NIH grant based upon data from their scholarly project.

(4) Practice of Academic Emergency Medicine: For 6 months each year, the fellow will work as a member of the clinical faculty of the WCM Department of Emergency Medicine. The fellow will participate in all academic activities in the Department of Emergency Medicine, including grand rounds presentations, conferences, and resident teaching.

Fellowship Competencies
Upon completion of the Global Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship, fellows will have:
(1) Successfully completed the requirements for the degree of Masters of Science (MSc) in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.
(2) Developed the level of skill required of individuals working in global low-resources settings, which include a thorough understanding of global health systems, the burden of disease, ethics of global care, cultural competency, professionalism, communication, and capacity-strengthening strategies.
(3) Developed the level of skill and experience required of individuals to lead patient-oriented global health research in low-resource acute care settings, including writing an NIH K-level grant.

Organizational Structure

Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) has strong and diverse global health faculty, many of whom are conducting NIH-sponsored research. The fellowship director will be predominantly responsible for programmatic oversight, development, and monitoring of individualized training plans and successful completion of the fellowship objectives during the training program. Aga Khan University (AKU) is a premier research institution with campuses in South Asia, East Africa, and the UK. Its campus in Pakistan hosts the country’s largest emergency medicine residency program. Supported by Fogarty International Center at the NIH, AKU has established Masters and Ph.D. programs in emergency and trauma care research. AKU’s campuses in Kenya and Tanzania are in the early stages of establishing residency programs and provide a diverse set of opportunities for high-quality and impactful research and training.

The fellow will have the opportunity to identify a project mentor who will provide focused research mentorship on a specific topic. Fellows may identify a project from within the department of Emergency Medicine or from within the larger WCM community, depending on their core interests. Within the Department of Emergency Medicine, the following project mentors will be available: Dr. Junaid Razzak (health systems, clinical emergency care), Dr. Radhika Sundararajan (implementation science/community-based research), and Dr. Manish Garg (global EM education/capacity building).

In addition, the fellows will receive focused support, feedback, and monitoring in their role as academic faculty members. The fellows will work as Attending Physicians in the Weill Cornell Emergency Departments when they are in New York City. Dr. Rahul Sharma (Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine) will meet with the fellow bi-annually to review clinical progress and monitor academic development.

How to Apply

MD- or DO-graduates of U.S. Emergency Medicine residency programs are eligible. To apply, send a personal statement outlining your research interests, global health experience, and career goals, along with a Curriculum Vitae to emjobs@med.cornell.edu

Contact Information

For more information about the Global Health Research Fellowship, please contact Dr. Radhika Sundararajan (ras9199@med.cornell.edu). Additional information can be found at the International Emergency Medicine Fellowships website: www.iemfellowships.com/programs/52 

Faculty Coordinators

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Radhika Lu Sundararajan, M.D.
Director, Global Emergency Medicine
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
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