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Course Number: ERMD 414

Course Title: Emergency Medicine in a Resource-Limited Setting

Who can Participate?: 4th year Medical Students

Course description

Takes place at Kenyatta National Hospital (Nairobi, Kenya), Accident and Emergency Department, or Kijabi Hospital (Naivasha, Kenya), Accident and Emergency Department

Learning objectives:

1. To discuss the importance of malaria as a consideration in patients presenting with febrile illness in the Tropics.
2. To recognize and explain the burden of HIV disease in Sub-Saharan Africa.
3. To recognize and explain the burden of trauma (e.g., road crashes, head injury, assaults, etc.) in East Africa.
4. Gain insight into diagnosis and management of acute care conditions and the practice of Emergency Medicine in an East Africa setting.
5. Develop an awareness of cultural influences on Emergency Medicine.
6. Compare and contrast the practice of Emergency Medicine in the United States with that of Kenya
7. Demonstrate the highest standards of professional behavior. This should include respecting the rights of patients, staff, and colleagues, as well as exhibiting professional reliability, accountability and integrity.
8. In addition, for research: Understand the scientific method by developing a research question, designing methods, accumulating data and analyzing data. Following IRB policies and procedures, including informed consent.

Learning Activities: 1. Independent study: Assigned readings (pre-travel) and completion of an online preparatory program. “The practitioner’s guide to global health”. 2. International clinical or research practicum – as available (to be done at the Accident and Emergency Department of Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya or AIC Kijabe Hospital, Naivasha, Kenya) 3. Individualized scholarly project.


Clinical Track:
1. Clinical evaluation completed by the preceptor in the host country
2. Brief synopsis of clinical activities completed by the student – in presentation format
Research Track:
Professionalism evaluation completed by onsite research collaborator
2. Evidence of Data collection in format for abstract/poster

Requirements: Student MUST contact Dr. Myers at least 6 months prior to the start of the rotation. Discuss with Dr. Myers whether KNH or Kijabe would be the ideal placement. Please contact to make arrangements.

Course Director: Justin Myers. Contact Kari Corker/ / 919-843-8067

Course Credit: Yes, 6 credit hours

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