This is the start of the “International Emergency Medicine (IEM)” section of the Life in the fast lane blog.
“It always seems impossible until its done.”
— Nelson Mandela
- Connect the community of IEM junkies, as well as introduce new people to this community
- Provide ready access to the International Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group (IEMSIG) newsletter
- Create a Global Directory of IEM resources, online links, contacts and conferences and provide a ‘starter kit’ for health professionals interested in starting or extending their IEM experience
- Compile an “easy access” database of International EM stories from people who’ve done international work - “Post cards from the edge”
- This will raise awareness for junior health professionals who want to do IEM work but have no idea of what resources and support is available to them
- By providing connections, resources and real-life stories we can advance the development of International Emergency Medicine
- Promote the excellent work of fellow International medicine Groups e.g. Labs Without Walls
- Cross-link with discussion platforms such as the International Emergency Medicine (Australasia) Group on Facebook and the Emergency Physicians International professional network
- Provide updates and commentary from the International EM literature
- Remind people about the Millenium Development Goals, as well as the 90/10 gap between research funding and the actual conditions causing burden of disease which happens in … you guessed it – in the third world!
“I keep meeting junior docs who are so interested in doing some International work, but they don’t know where to start or who to talk to, I and many like me do know of ways of how to start, and who to talk to, but I don’t currently have a way of sharing this information effectively.”
— Dr Bishan Rajapakse
Important links to connect with
- International Emergency Medicine (Australasia) Group on Facebook
- Join the Emergency Physicians International professional network.
- A Broader View – International Volunteer network (Facebook page and YouTube Chanel)
Always follow your heart and your “own” dreams as life is too short to follow someone else’s dreams.
LITFL IEM Links
- American ER Doc Gone Walkabout — Rick Abbott’s insights and adventures from Tasmania
- Papua New Guinea
- Postcards from the Edge
- South Africa
- Wilderness Medicine