Ghana Emergency Medicine Collaborative

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Published: November 18, 2011
Revised: June 9, 2015

Current emergency care in Ghana is sub-optimal with significant delays to definitive care and high morbidity and mortality. The Ghanaian government has recently invested in physical infrastructure for emergency care at major teaching hospitals, but the human resources to provide care are inadequate. To address this need, the Ghana Emergency Medicine Collaborative has proposed an innovative training program focused on medical students, nurses, and residents with the formation of a new faculty for sustainable training. This program will train emergency medicine personnel in injury and acute medical illness management, expose trainees to research methodology, administrative and leadership aspects of emergency medicine.

The Ghana Emergency Medicine Collaborative is a joint project between Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, University of Michigan Medical School and School of Nursing, Ghana Ministry of Health, Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Ghana Ambulance Service. The program receives funding from the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI).

Course Coordinators: Rockefeller Oteng, Richard Redman, Sue Anne Bell, Nathan Brouwer

dScribes: Trisha Paul, Lena Carleton, Sabrina Barretta, Anudeep Mukkamala, Matthew Simpson, Jade Cheng

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The Ghana Emergency Medicine Collaborative includes intensive team training for medical students, nurses, and residents. 
The medical student training is facilitated as a clinical rotation to prepare physicians for emergency care they may need to provide in their service at district hospitals. 
The nursing program is a one-year module-based curriculum and offers a diploma in Emergency Medicine upon completion.
The residency curriculum lasts three years and includes the following:

  • Core Lectures
    • Cardiovascular
    • Dermatology
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Endocrine/Metabolic
    • Environmental
    • Gastroenterology
    • Head, Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat
    • Hematology/Onccology
    • Infectious Disease
    • Musculoskeletal
    • Nephrology/Urology
    • Neurology
    • Obstetrics/Gynecology
    • Operations/Skills
    • Psychiatry
    • Pulmonary
    • Toxicology/Pharmacology
    • Trauma
  • Case-Based Learning
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