Intercollegiate survey of EM global health curricula published in SAEM's global journal

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Dr. Janis Tupesis, associate director of the UW-Madison Global Health Institute, and third-year resident Dr. Ilan Kolkowitz conducted a survey of global health residency programs nationwide in partnership with faculty from emergency departments at Boston Medical Center, Harvard Brigham and Women's Hospital, the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, and UW-Madison's Global Health Institute.

The current core programmatic components and the essential competencies and curricula that support ethical and effective short‐term experiences in global health (STEGH) vary widely despite recent surveys and ongoing efforts to formalize global health programs in emergency medicine in the United States.

The team discerned that while the results of the survey show progress relative to prior surveys, there are still barriers to implementing GH curricula and supporting safe, ethical, and effective STEGH, particularly in the form of continued financial and logistic support for faculty and for residents, in U.S. EM training programs.

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Janis Tupesis, MD is a global health faculty in the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine, associate director of the UW-Madison Global Health Institute. He currently works with the World Health Organization's Emergency, Trauma and Acute Care Programme and serves on multiple international global health education committees, including the International Federation of Emergency Medicine (IFEM), African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM), American College of Emergency Medicine (ACEP) and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine - Global Emergency Medicine Academy (GEMA). In 2018, Dr. Tupesis was awarded the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award by GEMA for his work on emergency care health/education systems development.
Ilan Kolkowitz, MD is a graduating third year resident in the UW emergency medicine residency program, where he has helped implement point-of-care ultrasound in resource-poor Uganda. Dr. Kolkowitz plans to stay on at UW for a year-long fellowship in global health in 2020-2021.