International emergency medicine and the role for academic emergency medicine.Acad Emerg Med. 2007 May; 14(5):451-6.AE
International emergency medicine continues to grow and expand. There are now more than 30 countries that recognize emergency medicine as a specialty. As the field continues to develop, many physicians are reaching across borders and working with their colleagues to improve patient care, education, and research. The future growth and success of the specialty are based on several key components. These include faculty development (because this is the key driver of education), research, and curriculum development. Each country knows what resources it has and how best to utilize them. Countries that are developing the specialty can seek consultation from successful countries and develop their academic and community practice of emergency medicine. There are many resources available to these countries, including distance learning and access to medical journals via the Internet; international exchanges by faculty, residents, and medical students; and physicians who are in fellowship training programs. International research efforts require more support and effort to be successful. This report discusses some of the advantages and hurdles to such research efforts. Physicians have a responsibility to help one another succeed. It is the hope of the authors that many more emergency physicians will lend their skills to further global development of the specialty.