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International Emergency Medical Teams Training Workshop Special Report

  • Anthony Albina (a1), Laura Archer (a2), Marlène Boivin (a3), Hilarie Cranmer (a4), Kirsten Johnson (a1) (a3) (a5), Gautham Krishnaraj (a6), Anali Maneshi (a1), Lisa Oddy (a3), Lynda Redwood-Campbell (a7) and Rebecca Russell (a1)...


The World Health Organization’s (WHO; Geneva, Switzerland) Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Initiative created guidelines which define the basic procedures to be followed by personnel and teams, as well as the critical points to discuss before deploying a field hospital. However, to date, there is no formal standardized training program established for EMTs before deployment. Recognizing that the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM; Madison, Wisconsin USA) Congress brings together a diverse group of key stakeholders, a pre-Congress workshop was organized to seek out collective expertise and to identify key EMT training competencies for the future development of training programs and protocols. The future of EMT training should include standardization of curriculum and the recognition or accreditation of selected training programs. The outputs of this pre-WADEM Congress workshop provide an initial contribution to the EMT Training Working Group, as this group works on mapping training, competencies, and curriculum. Common EMT training themes that were identified as fundamental during the pre-Congress workshop include: the ability to adapt one’s professional skills to low-resource settings; context-specific training, including the ability to serve the needs of the affected population in natural disasters; training together as a multi-disciplinary EMT prior to deployment; and the value of simulation in training.

AlbinaA, ArcherL, BoivinM, CranmerH, JohnsonK, KrishnarajG, ManeshiA, OddyL, Redwood-CampbellL, RussellR. International Emergency Medical Teams Training Workshop Special Report. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2018;33(3):335338.


Corresponding author

Correspondence: Kirsten Johnson, MD, MPH McGill University Department of Family Medicine 5858 Côte-des-Neiges, Suite 300 Montreal, Quebec H3S 1Z2 Canada E-mail:


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Conflicts of interest: Kirsten Johnson is the CEO of Humanitarian U (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), a social enterprise that aims to train professionals and build capacity in the humanitarian sector. The other authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.



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