International Emergency
Medicine Fellowship


Detroit Medical Center International Emergency Medicine (DMC- IEM) Fellowship is committed to improving global emergency medicine and offers opportunities for fellows to experience global health in its entirety. The program encompasses focused missions in clinical experience, tropical medicine, leadership, administration, research and education.


Kristiana Kaufmann MD MPH
Fellowship Director


Our Mission

The DMC-IEM fellowship will challenge emergency medicine physicians to be global practitioners with focus on humanitarian response, public health training, educational activities, clinical research and rural medicine. We aim to create well-rounded leaders in global emergency medicine.

Our Curriculum

The two-year fellowship is centered around the MPH degree through WSU as well global health didactics and journal clubs structured through the fellowship. The fellows will be expected to create a scholarly project or research project for each planned trip. We will encourage a minimum of four trips per year. Our strength lies in our diverse faculty who offer experiences in Lao PDR, Panama, India, Jamaica, and Guatemala. In addition, we hope to foster a skill set or location of interest depending on the fellow. We want to guide and support fellows as they find their purpose in global health.

Masters in public health will be in conjunction with the Wayne State University School of Public Health. This program is currently focusing on strengthening their global health focus with additional coursework and electives.
Fellows will be able to select one of several available humanitarian response or disaster courses. Courses are typically 1-2 weeks in length and offered at different locations and times. Harvard Response Intensive Course, Hopkins Health Emergencies in Large Populations, and Case Western Management of Children in Disasters are examples.
The Infectious Disease department at Wayne State University has a strong working relationship with CHC-Vellore hospital in Vellore India. We will send fellows for a two week intensive tropical medicine course with didactics and clinical experience.
Fellows in International EM will work closely with the Ultrasound Fellowship at DMC for basic ultrasound training as well as for projects internationally to encourage and train in US. Fellows will complete a two week intensive US course with US fellows at the beginning of the fellowship.
The DMC Department of Emergency Medicine has a strong focus on clinical research with a well supported and staffed department. Development of research projects will be in conjunction with our department’s Think Tank.
Fellows will be responsible for assisting in organizing and planning a yearly conference in April.

Program Leadership

Kristiana Kaufmann MD MPH


Vijaya “Arun” Kumar MD MPH

Associate Director

Daniel Ridelman MD, FACEP

Assistant Director

Our Sites

Laos PDR

Why us?

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Fellows must be board certified or board eligible in Emergency Medicine in the U.S.
Potential candidates must apply through the International Emergency Medicine Consortium (IEMFC). Send letter of intent to the Program Director.


A complete application must include all of the following documents:

  • Completed application (see below for the electronic/paper application)
  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendations (one letter must be from residency program director or current department chairman)
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Official USMLE transcript

Contact Us

Program Director:
Kristiana Kaufmann, MD MPH

Associate Program Director:
Vijaya “Arun” Kumar, MD MPH

Assistant Program Director:
Daniel Ridelman, MD FACEP