Emergency Medicine Education and Research in Nepal: Challenges and Opportunities
Emergency medicine (EM) is a young but prestigious medical discipline worldwide.1 However, in Nepal, it is in preliminary phase.2 EM is not only restricted to urban emergency departments but also a multifaceted discipline.3 Several EM training modules are currently practiced fragmented with different curriculum and duration.4,5 Pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMS), hospitals, trauma centres, and public health are working in silos and most of them devoid of proper emergency facility.2 This brought us to the realization of an urgent need of bringing all the stakeholders together in a symposium like this.
The symposium was arranged into four different sessions as listed below:
- To familiarize with the history and current state of EM from Global Emergency Medicine perspective.
- To highlight the different clinical experiences and advancements in EM in Nepal.
- To emphasize the importance and possibilities in EM education and research in Nepal.
- To discuss the roadmap to develop and establish EM as a recognized medical speciality in Nepal.
The overall objectives of the symposium were to discuss the challenges faced by current Emergency Medicine providers and identify the opportunities for the future development and recognition in Nepal.
The most important current task for Nepal’s emergency physicians of advocating for policies, programs, and funding to support further development of the specialty was realized. Rural and urban emergency service providers from academic and non-academic institutions, governmental/non-governmental organizations and international medical institutions attended the symposium. General Practice (GP) residents, medical officers, medical students, interns and paramedics were among active participants.
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