In partnership with Rwandan Ministry of Health and a consortium of US academic medical centers, the Division of Global Emergency Medicine at Brown University has developed the first sustainable graduate medical education programs in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine in the country of Rwanda. Brown University is the lead US institution for establishing the emergency medicine component of the program and sponsors full-time emergency physicians in Kigali, Rwanda. In addition to supporting the training of Rwandan emergency medicine residents through EM education and curriculum development, the division also collaborates with the prehospital care system known as SAMU as well as the Accident and Emergency Department in Rwanda in conducting ongoing data collection focused on improving prehospital and emergency care.
The International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) is the premier research center for cholera and other diarrheal diseases in the developing world. In existence since 1960, icddr,b treats over 150,000 patients each year with diarrheal disease, including significant numbers of children and adults with severe dehydration from cholera. From the perspective of global emergency medicine, icddr,b offers a unique opportunity to study better methods for assessing dehydration and resuscitating children and adults with severe dehydration in a resource-limited setting. In addition, icddr,b offers the opportunity to work with talented researchers from around the world with significant clinical and laboratory research experience, as well as attend seminars on the scientific and ethical conduct of research in the developing world.
In collaboration with Aga Khan University in Nairobi, the Department of Global Emergency Medicine at Brown University will assist with the development of the emergency medicine residency program in Kenya. This will include support in program development, resident training, clinical care and research The division will also provide trauma training courses in Eldoret, Kenya.
The Division of Global Emergency Medicine partners with Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. Residents spend half days in the busy urban emergency department of San Ignacio Hospital and half days in spanish language immersion classes. In addition, the division collaborates with the Ministry of Health, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, ASCOFAME: the national dean's council, and the national medical student association on several research initiatives to improve emergency care nationwide.