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Landmarks for Emergency Medicine In India

The introduction of EM into the medical school and post-graduate curriculum is a shining example of what can be achieved through the dedication and focus of a relatively small group of people, when supported by members from organizations like AAEMI. Emergency Physicians from AAEMI, SEMI, ACEP, SAEM, AAEM, and Emergency International rallied together to support, endorse and participate in INTEM 2002, India's first International Conference on Emergency Medicine and Disaster Preparedness, which was held in Hyderabad in October 2002.

INTEM 2002 was enormously successful, and was instrumental in increasing awareness of the vital role of Emergency Medicine in health-care. Thirty US faculties traveled to India to give lectures and workshops at the three-day conference, side-by-side with the Indian counterparts. Some of these physicians have been active in promoting Emergency Medicine on the international front for many years. US faculty also participated in live panel discussions of the role and future of EM in India. These discussions involved key government officials, heads of academic institutions and experts on International Emergency Medicine from around the world.

Following INTEM 2002, the Academic Council of the N.T. Rama Rao University of Health Sciences, governing 12 medical schools in the province of Andhra Pradesh, has approved India's first formal 3-year Residency in Emergency Medicine. The curriculum will be based on current the ABEM / CORD guidelines used in the United States. If approved at a government level, the university plans to announce the course in the coming academic year. This represents a great milestone for Emergency Medicine and the people of India.

Though adult emergency medicine has already made a beginning and started laying firm foundations but the pediatric emergency medicine is still in a infancy stage in India. It is surprising inspite of 40 % of Indian population being children and we know children are not young adults and have special need as the size varies from 1 kg to 60 kg.

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