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P023: Development of a Canadian Global Health Emergency Medicine (GHEM) Certificate Program based on established best practices

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 May 2020

R. Stefan
Affiliation:
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
J. Maskalyk
Affiliation:
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
L. Puchalski Ritchie
Affiliation:
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
M. Salmon
Affiliation:
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
M. Landes
Affiliation:
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

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Innovation Concept: Global health fieldwork is valuable for Canadian residents, but is often trainee-organized, short-term, unsupervised, and lacking in preparation and debriefing. In contrast, we have developed a Certificate Program which will be offered to University of Toronto (UofT) emergency medicine (EM) trainees in their final year of residency. This 6-month Program will complement the Transition to Practice stage for residents interested in becoming leaders in GHEM. Methods: We completed a multi-phase needs assessment to inform the structure and content of a GHEM Certificate Program. Phase 1 consisted of 9 interviews with Program Directors (PDs), Assistant PDs, and past fellows from existing GH fellowships in Canada and USA to understand program structure, curriculum, fieldwork and funding. In Phase 2 we interviewed 4 PDs and fellows from UofT fellowship programs to understand local administrative structures. In Phase 3 we collected feedback from 5 UofT residents and 7 faculty with experience in global health to assess interest in a local GHEM Program. All interview data was reviewed and best practices and lessons learned from key stakeholders were summarized into a proposed outline for a 6-month GHEM Certificate Program. Curriculum, Tool, or Material: The Program will comprise of 1) 3 months of preparatory work in Toronto followed by 2) 3 months of fieldwork in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Fieldwork will coincide with activities under the Toronto-Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM). The GHEM trainee's work will support TAAAC-EM activities. Preparatory months will include training in specific competencies (POCUS, teaching, tropical medicine, QI) and meetings between the trainee and a UofT mentor to design an academic project. During fieldwork, the trainee will do EM teaching (75% of time) and complete their academic project (25% of time). A UofT supervisor will accompany, orient and supervise the trainee for their first 2 weeks in Addis. Throughout fieldwork, the trainee will be required to debrief with their UofT mentor weekly for academic and clinical mentoring. One AAU faculty member will be identified as a local supervisor and will participate in all evaluations of the trainee during fieldwork. Conclusion: This Program will launch with a call for applications in July 2021, expecting the first trainee to complete the Program in 2022-23. We anticipate that this Program will increase the number of Canadian EM trainees committed to global health projects and partnerships throughout their career.

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