EMA Capacity building in International Emergency Medicine

Vol. 24 Issue 5 of Emergency Medicine Australasia for 2012 included the following article, which has been re-released FREE as one of the suite of articles in the new international emergency medicine virtual issue:

Capacity building in emergency care: An example from Madang, Papua New Guinea(FOAMed)

Phillips and colleagues describe a visiting clinical lecturer programme in which Australasian emergency physicians and registrars provide training for Health Extension Officers at a new national university of Papua New Guinea. The visiting lecturers are involved with delivering campus-based teaching on emergency medicine topics along with providing structured and opportunistic bedside tutorials and clinical teaching, and assisting with emergency care in collaboration with local emergency medicine practitioners. This programme is a “win-win” model for both capacity building in emergency care in a resource-constrained setting and providing training in international emergency medicine for Australasian clinicians

Emergency Medicine Australasia International Emergency Medicine (FOAMed)

A number of featured original articles on aspects of international emergency medicine have been combined into a FREE full-text online virtual issue

by Andrew Gosbell & Tony Brown

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    A great few articles in this thread on Emergency Medicine (EM) internationally. Together with a small team and some other backing I am currently setting up a Medical NGO in Northern Vanuatu developing a primary health clinic which suppies Doctors to work in with the current Ministry of health there. The goverment has asked us to assist them to run the hospital! They need people resources now not equipment. That will be our best option I think.
    But what is the end point in EM there? A 53yom presents with chest pain, is sent home with panadol, no ecg, no bloods. Found dead the next morning. In the local hospital ED what is the end point for this patient? There is no PCI lab, no lysis either! There is no surgeon available to service this area of 120,000 people, and orthopods visit on occasions only. EM developed in the west after all the other specialties were in place. But how does this work in the third world when backup surgeons, cardiologists etc are not available. What should this third world system look like? I would be interested to here some thoughts.
    By June 2013 our organisation will be in need of emergency, surgical and orthopedic assistance to link into the hospital. If anyone is interested in a fantastic working holiday where they can get experience in third world medicine and make an impact while doing some diving, caving and just chilling in a tropical paradise please contact us. Our new website (pls be patient in its development) is medicalsanto.com.