Megan Rybarczyk, MD, MPH


  •  Global EM Fellowship Program Director, Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine | University of Pennsylvania
  •  Pakistan | Botswana
  •   Development | Education | Emergency Care Systems

Languages: English (native proficiency); Spanish (limited working proficiency); French (elementary proficiency)


Dr. Megan Rybarczyk, MD, MPH, FACEP is the program director for the Penn Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship and faculty within the Department of Emergency Medicine at Penn Medicine, where she is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine. Throughout her career, her work in Global Emergency Medicine has involved research, education, clinical care, and/or disaster response in countries such as the Botswana, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Pakistan, South Africa, and Uganda. Her work is focused primarily on education and training and emergency care systems development.


Dr. Rybarczyk has worked with partners within the Indus Hospital and Health Network in Karachi, Pakistan for several years to develop, implement, and make sustainable a one-year training program for physicians who patients across Pakistan. The program, the Certification Program in Emergency Medicine (CPEM) seeks to assist in the advancement of the specialty of Emergency Medicine and to help improve the quality of emergency care provided throughout the country ( She currently serves as the Academic Faculty Lead for the program. She also engages in other emergency care systems development in the country through implementation of the WHO-ICRC Basic Emergency Care Course; other training programs, including a Leadership in Emergency Care annual workshop; and research. She is the 2024 SAEMF/GEMA Research Grant recipient for a project investigating acute presentations of cardiovascular disease in Karachi, Pakistan.

Dr. Rybarczyk is also a Penn Global Research and Engagement Grant awardee for work in developing emergency care training and research in Botswana with the University of Botswana through the Botswana-UPenn partnership.


1. Hexom BJ, Quao NS, Bandolin NS, Bonney J, Collier A, Dyal J, Lee JA, Nicholson BD, Rybarczyk MM, Rees CA, Roy CM. Global emergency medicine: a scoping review of the literature from 2022. Academic emergency medicine. 2024 Jan;31(1):71-85.

2. Dozois A, Gonzalez Marques C, Thilakasiri K, Adebisi A, Leanza J, Rybarczyk M, Depp T, Wieland T, Karim N, Muchatuta M, Ali F. A Toolkit for Decolonizing Global Emergency Medicine Education. In Frontiers in Education (Vol. 8, p. 1214904). Frontiers. 09/2023.

3. Saleem SG, Ali S, Khatri A, Mukhtar S, Farooq W, Maroof Q, Jamal MI, Aziz T, Haider KF, Dadabhoy FZ, Rybarczyk MM. Clinical outcomes following the implementation of a novel one-year training program in emergency medicine in Karachi, Pakistan. Ann Glob Health 2023;89(1):1.

4. Kivlehan SM, Rybarczyk MM, Genisca AE, Lubetkin D, Kharel R, Lee JA, Michaeli N, Calvello Hynes EJ, Dixon J, Leifer N, Karim N. Comparative effectiveness of an in-person and a virtual basic emergency medicine instructor course. Ann Glob Health 2022;88(1):35.

5. Saleem SG, Ali S, Ghouri N, Maroof Q, Jamal MI, Aziz T, Shapiro D, Rybarczyk M. Patient perception regarding privacy and confidentiality: a study from the emergency department of a tertiary care hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. Pak J of Med Sci 2022;38(ICON Suppl).

6. Kemmler C, Saleem SG, Salman S, Samad L, Haider KF, Jamal MI, Aziz T, Maroof Q, Dadabhoy F, Yasin Z, Rybarczyk MM. A one-year training program for physicians in emergency medicine in Karachi, Pakistan: evaluation of learner and program outcomes. AEM Educ Train 2021;5(1):e10625.

7. Karim N, Rybarczyk MM, Jacquet GA, Pousson A, Aluisio AR, Bilal S, Moretti K, Douglass KA, Henwood PC, Kharel R, Lee JA, Menkin Smith L, Moresky RT, Gonzalez Marques C, Myers JG, O’Laughlin KN, Schmidt J, Kivlehan SM. COVID-19 pandemic prompts a paradigm shift in global emergency medicine: multidirectional education and remote collaboration. AEM Educ Train 2021;5(1):79-90.

8. Rybarczyk MM, Ludmer N, Broccoli MC, Kivlehan SM, Niescierenko M, Bisanzo M, Checkett KA, Rouhani SA, Tenner AG, Geduld H, Reynolds T. Emergency medicine training programs in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review. Ann Global Health 2020;86(1):60.

9. Rybarczyk MM, Muck A, Kolkowitz I, Tupesis JP, Jacquet GA. Global health training in US emergency medicine residency programs. AEM Educ Train 2020;5(2):e10451.

10. Rybarczyk MM, Schafer JM, Elm CM, Sarvepalli S, Vaswani PA, Balhara KS, Carlson LC, Jacquet GA. A systematic review of burn injuries in low- and middle-income countries: epidemiology in the WHO-defined African Region. Afr J Emerg Med 2017;7(1):30-7.

11. Rybarczyk MM, Schafer JM, Elm CM, Sarvepalli S, Vaswani PA, Balhara KS, Carlson LC, Jacquet GA. Prevention of burn injuries in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review. Burns 2016;42(6):1183-92.

12. Carlson LC, Rogers TT, Kamara TB, Rybarczyk MM, Leow JJ, Kirsch TD, Kushner AL. Petroleum pipeline explosion in sub-Saharan Africa: A comprehensive systematic review of the academic and lay literature. Burns 2015;41(3):497-501.


Last Updated: 08 April 2024