When Dr. Nerendra Nath Jena first became head of the Emergency/Casualty Department (ED) at Meenakshi Mission Hospital & Research Center (MMHRC) in 2008, there wasn’t much of a department for him to lead. Still a year before Emergency Medicine (EM) would become a formally recognized specialty in India, the department at that time consisted of only 5 beds, tucked into a 3 x 5 meter entry way leading to the ambulance bay outside.
Located in the Eastern District of Delhi, Max Super Specialty Hospital, Patparjan (Max PPG) serves a diverse patient population stretching from far flung rural communities to India’s densely populated capital city. Prior to 2011, patients arriving to Max PPG were received in a casualty department, where they were examined by a rotating staff of physicians, none of whom had training in Emergency Medicine (EM). In 2011 the Emergency Departments (ED) began hiring EM trained physicians, and in 2016 they partnered with George Washington University (GWU) to start an EM post-graduate residency training program.
In Latin America, the development of pediatric emergency medicine over the last decade has been led mostly by pediatricians. However more recently as PEM recognition is rising, as the world understands the need for specialized care in emergency settings, and as Emergency Medicine is an increasingly recognized specialty in most countries in the region, PEM specialists have assumed a larger role in bringing together key leaders to improve care and coordinate resources for acutely ill and injured children
As part of an effort to improve emergency medical care, the Ministry of Health and the University of Health Sciences in Vientiane, in cooperation with the NGO Health Frontiers, launched the Lao Emergency Medicine Residency program. The first class of 8 residents started their 3-year training in September 2017 with the second class of 9 residents starting in September 2018.
Ghana has had a turbulent decade, but the growing specialty of emergency medicine has stood as a beacon of stability, and a training ground for West African healthcare providers.
On December 18, the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM) shared its first Statement on Minimum Standards for the Care of Older People in Emergency Departments. The statement was created by IFEM’s Geriatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group and published in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine.
An emergency physician recalls the medical elective that introduced him to medical Spanish, as well as to the vibrant medical culture of the Mexican people.
Violence against EMS workers is a growing problem. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s (CPUT) Department of Emergency Medical Sciences got together with the National Department of Health and Western Cape Government (WCG) to discuss solutions. Here is the position paper that resulted from that meeting.
Physician Kass Thomas gives a first person narrative of the 2015 bombing of the Kunduz Trauma Centre in Northern Afghanistan and explains the genesis of The Columbo Declaration, a document decrying the weaponization of healthcare.
In part 2 of this series, we’ll continue our conversation with the president of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine and talk about the unique opportunities and challenges faced by the organization.
Alfred Emergency Education hosts its annual event in Prato, Italy.
This annual event returns to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico