The Department of Emergency Medicine has a strong commitment to global health education. Recognizing that we live in a global community, we seek to provide our residents with a deeper understanding of culture, language, society, and health in diverse communities. We believe that global health experiences and education are an ideal way to increase this awareness. The goal of the global health program is to build relationships with partnering institutions to improve health and education in their communities.
University of Wisconsin EM residents can participate in our international activities. Residents have two 1-month electives in their 2nd and 3rd years of training, and both of these may be international electives if they choose; there is also the opportunity to participate in international EM research and conferences. Most residents have found their international experiences to be some of the most rewarding moments in their residency training. Residents are also encouraged to seek out their own international opportunities that they feel will augment their training as an emergency medicine physician.
Current projects and opportunities include:
- Clinical work and teaching in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala
- Establishing emergency medicine training in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- Establishing clinical ultrasound in Lima, Peru