Global Health


Emergency Medicine and Global HealthGlobal Health emergency medicine

The Larner College of Medicine and the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) have created a collaborative partnership to support global health learning and elective opportunities for students, residents, and staff. Our global health experiences focus on sustainable bi-directional medical education partnerships for not only our residents and students at UVM, but also our partnering institutions’ learners. We currently have longstanding partnerships in Uganda, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Russia, and the Dominican Republic. 

Visit the Global Health website for information specific to the program. 

Global Health Electives 

Medical student elective rotations are generally 6 weeks in duration and consist both clinical and sociocultural components. First year students participate in a pre-departure global health
curriculum throughout the spring of their first year followed by a 6 week summer elective internationally. United States based faculty mentors accompany junior medical students to create continuity, facilitate learning, and participate with host faculty in
capacity development activities. Senior medical students and residents complete 4-6 week clinical rotations available in multiple specialties and settings with the opportunity to stay with a host family.  The student electives occur within a broader framework of bi-directional exchange and capacity development. 

Emergency Medicine is a critical component of global health at UVM. We are uniquely positioned within the University to help lead many of the global health initiatives. The Division of Emergency Medicine has three primary areas of focus in global health: electives, sustainable partnerships, and research. 

Global Health Resident Opportunities 

Residents in the Division of Emergency Medicine will have up to 8 weeks of elective time that can be used toward global health electives. Opportunities will include, but are not limited to, sites established with the Larner College of Medicine, and GEC in Uganda. The global health faculty have diverse experiences in Central America, South America, South East Asia, and Africa. Mentorship and field experience will be available in additional regions of interest with partners that have been established all over the world. Additional opportunities may include partnership with major international health policy and advocacy organizations.   Residents interested in careers in Global Health will be paired with an experienced faculty member who will serve as a longitudinal mentor throughout residency and beyond.  

Global Health Residency Curriculum 

Global health topics that are relevant to emergency medicine will be taught as part of the core EM residency curriculum. This will include expanded topics on specific health care conditions and procedures needed in resource limited settings, research methodology, sustainable capacity building, international emergency and disaster response, and simulation.  


Mariah McNamara, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, is the Associate Program Director for the UVM/WCHN Global Health Program and is the course director for the Global Health Bridge Course required of third year medical students. She completed her MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health during her fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital focusing on International Health and Humanitarian Studies. 

Mark Bisanzo, MD, DTM&H, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency, is the Director of Programming and Co-Founder of Global Emergency Care (GEC). GEC is a non-governmental organization founded in 2007 that works to help build capacity for emergency care delivery and education in low resource settings. GEC has helped to create a program focused on delivering emergency care in rural areas of Uganda by training non-physician clinicians to provide emergency care.  Additionally, GEC has supported and contributed to the post-graduate physician training in Emergency Care that was launched in Uganda in 2017. 

Katie Wells, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, has worked for the last five years in Emergency System Development primarily in Vietnam and Mongolia, and now Uganda. Katie completed her MPH at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on global health policy, and a two-year global health fellowship with the University of Utah Center for Global Surgery. Katie is currently focused on building a residency-wide global health curriculum and collaborative partnerships in global health development for the Division of Emergency Medicine. Additionally, Katie will be responsible for the expansion of global health research for the Division of EM at UVM.