A message from Dr. Mallon
Welcome to the Division of International Emergency Medicine (DIEM) at Stony Brook University, founded in 2016. The Stony Brook University has made an institution-wide pivot and is emphasizing international collaboration across the institution in a multidisciplinary fashion. There is, for example, a Global Library Initiative at Stony Brook University that is dedicated to developing public domain digital resources and improving information exchange internationally.
At the University level, Dr. Peter Small was recruited from the Gates Foundation (a Tuberculosis expert) to be the founding director of the Global Health Institute with a substantial endowment including five new full-time faculty positions with ongoing additional fundraising. At the Department of Emergency Medicine the chair, Mark Henry MD, recruited me from LA County + University of Southern California to create a new Division of International Emergency Medicine with funding for fellowship training. Dr. Henry also brought in new faculty to jumpstart the Division. We are seeking two fellows to start in July 2017 (for a 2 year fellowship program) to complete the Division. Of note, Stony Brook already has substantial international EM work ongoing in Korea with extended academic relationships, journal support, and EM residency support. The Division will unite these existing projects with new Latin America-focused ventures and a major effort unfolding in Madagascar.
In Madagascar, Patricia Wright PhD has been on the ground for decades doing lemur primatology and ecology research in the central highlands and creating the Centre ValBio (CVB). CVB is a state-of-the-art research institution on the Ranomafana National Park with a Level 2 research laboratory. Indeed, she was awarded the Chevalier d’Ordre National as well as the Médaille Officier de Madagascar and the Médaille Commandeur. Stony Brook has established a relationship with the Université de Fianarantsoa where EM and Trauma training will begin in 2017. Thus southern Madagascar offers a clinical site, advanced laboratory support, and established university agreements. Fellow participation will be ready to begin in 2017.
Our vision is to Improve Emergency Care Globally and Sustainably Via Academic Exchanges and Research. We seek to engage fellows in this process within a vibrant academic division that teaches them the skills to continue their work post-fellowship as part of a lifelong career. Graduating Fellows are expected to begin academic international work and move quickly into leadership roles. At USC, I was able to successfully lead an international program that did just that. All of the fellows from that program are continuing their international careers (two Fulbright Scholars, and all at major institutions). We believe in the Sustainable Development Goals as articulated by the United Nations and seek to create Transformative Bidirectional Partnerships.
The Division of International Emergency Medicine at Stony Brook has solid EM Chair support, a close alliance with the Global Health Institute, and a university environment newly focused on international work. We have motivated IEM faculty, established connections with international partners, and a record of successful fellowship graduates. We have an established record of longitudinal program development in India, China, and Chile, and we seek fellows and faculty who would like to be part of this growing enterprise.
I look forward to hearing from you, and am excited to welcome you to a bright future at our Division in International Emergency Medicine.