I really wanted to help out with the DevelopingEM
conference because of the great philosophy
behind this international educational collaboration.
Lee Fineberg and Mark Newcombe, are both Emergency Physicians (EP’s) with whom I work, are passionate about the international developing of the EM specialty, and have been working on the DevelopingEM conferences for years.
Three things that I have away about the “DevelopingEM” conferences from research I’ve done on the topic, and the recent interview that I conducted include that ;-
1) this conference is not about about being flashy, but rather it is about “walking the talk”
2) it is about sustainable development of the speciality of Emergency Medicine, and
3) it is about respecting, honoring, and supporting the existing local structures in EM training (throughout my experience of 4 years of conducting research in Sri Lanka
– whilst also supporting EM developing – this is a key strategy that can so easy be missed or overlooked)
Finally they also have a plan to repeat these conference through the same regions in a 4 year cycle – ie the conference structure is set to be sustainable, and one that we can all build upon.
Natalie Thurtle is a past conference delegate who is also committed to the cause of developing the speciality of EM globally. She is also someone who I have worked with in the past, and someone who has herself conducted some amazing work through MSF involving the management of environmental poisoning epidemics in Central Africa.
Her recent blog post highlights some of the unique aspects of the Developing EM conferernce from here perspective. Below is an excerpt (but the entire article
is a good read);-
“Many conferences focus on the practice of medicine in an ideal fully equipped setting with the assumption that practice is scientific. For me, recognising and understanding the political and inexact nature of health care provision – inequality of access, inequality of standard of care and the undue influence of corporate needs on research and guidelines, as well as pragmatism in the face of limited evidence, limited expertise or limited resources and our own fallibility – is a critical part of being a real physician.”
I hope the video and link offers you some informative and interesting information!