Physician Fellowships in Climate Medicine

In 2017, we inaugurated the nation’s first graduate medical education (GME) fellowship in Climate & Health Science Policy with the purpose of empowering health care professionals through education, policy, and communication skills. Our goal: to train highly credible, knowledgeable health leaders in clinical, basic science, and policy settings.

What we discovered was one fellow per year was not enough. The fellowship was started as a traditional GME fellowship within the Department of Emergency Medicine and the growing demand from young health care professionals to participate in this experience convinced us that we had to scale up.

Our Fellowship program is made possible through the generous support of the Climate and Health Foundation.

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In July 2021, we welcomed our first five National Climate & Health Science Policy Fellows. These health care professionals have varied board certifications and come from different parts of the country. We believe these new fellowship opportunities serve as a powerful demonstration of the expanded role for physician advocates in a time when public concerns about health and climate are growing, and the federal response is now ramping up to meet these needs.

We can't think of a better endeavor for our creative energies, educational passion, and professional work. Our team believes the impact of training leaders in the field of climate and health will force multiply our national risk assessment and influence policy change for years to come. It is our hope that the University of Colorado School of Medicine will be the center of Climate Medicine and that our fellowship graduates will become the formidable innovators and leaders we need on this critical issue for humanity.


Jay Lemery, MD
Fellowship Director

John Balbus

John Balbus, MD, MPH
Fellowship Director, Federal Partnershis


Rosemary Rochford, PhD
Co-Director, Climate & Health Program

Caitlin Rublee

Caitlin Rublee MD
Assistant Fellowship Director

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