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Application Process

Application Qualifications

The deadline for application is November 20. 

All applicants are required to submit:

  • Their C.V.
  • A letter of intent
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from their EM residency Program Director)
  • Submitted to Johnathan Sheele, MD, MPH, MHS at

The letter of intent should be less than one page in length and describe the applicant’s interests and experiences in international and wilderness medicine, describe their specific areas of interest, and how the Fellowship could potentially assist with future career plans (ie, working for an NGO; leading medical expeditions; working in academic emergency medicine; practicing medicine or public health overseas, etc.)

Offers to interview for the Fellowship will be granted at the discretion of the Fellowship Director. Notifications of acceptance into the Fellowship will be made on a rolling basis.  Only one Fellow is accepted each year

Application to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (see below) must be completed prior to their application deadline (currently Feb. 1  Missing the Johns Hopkins MPH deadline or failure to gain matriculation may prevent the Fellow from obtaining an MPH.


All applicants must be a graduate from an ACGME-accredited Emergency Medicine residency program and be considered board-prepared or board-certified (BP/BC) by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. In addition, all applicants must qualify for a Virginia state medical license and be able to be credentialed in the Sentara Health System.

Masters of Public Health (MPH):

Fellows on the two-year track will complete a part-time, internet-based Masters of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Fellows will be required to complete a separate application for admission and be accepted to Johns Hopkins prior to starting the MPH.  Please refer to the Johns Hopkins website for details and deadlines:  It is anticipated the Fellow will complete the MPH in approximately 18 months.