Core Curriculum and Education Committee

Core Curriculum and Education Committee

Role of the Core Curriculum and Education Committee:

  • Design focused emergency medicine curricula for the longitudinal spectrum of medical education: undergraduate, graduate, and continuing professional education.
  • Design a spectrum of curricula suitable for the specific needs of various cultures, geographical areas and nations.
  • Review and modify standing curricula as required.
  • Prepare educational documents for dissemination via publication, web postings, or presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Act as an advisory group with respect to the educational direction of IFEM.
  • Act as an advisory and consultancy group to member nations seeking consultation on the development of emergency medicine content and specialty training across the educational continuum.


Dr James Kwan | Chair
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

James is Senior Consultant in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore.  He is Chair of the Core Curriculum and Education Committee at the International Federation for Emergency Medicine.

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He holds academic appointments at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore in Singapore.  Prior to his move to Singapore in 2016, he was the Academic Head of Emergency Medicine and Lead in assessment in the School of Medicine at Western Sydney University in Australia.  James is passionate about medical education and has led curricular development in undergraduate medical programs and postgraduate training programs at national and international level.  His interests in medical education lie in the area of assessment and entrustable professional activities, in addition to his clinical interests in disaster medicine and trauma management.

Dr Janis Tupesis | Vice Chair
American College of Emergency Physicians

Dr Tupesis completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics where he served as the Associate Residency Program Director, a position he held until joining the Emergency Medicine faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health.

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He served as the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Residency Program Director until 2014, overseeing the program’s initial accreditation and expansion to its current form. At the same, he served as the chairperson of UW Health’s Graduate Medical Education Global Health Committee and one of the Associate Directors of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Global Health Institute, positions he continues to hold today.

He is involved in projects involving establishing graduate medical education programs in resource limited settings in both Liberia, Ethiopia and South Africa – partnering with multiple other academic institutions. In 2018, he begun work with the World Bank and the Association of African Universities on the Africa Centers of Excellence for Development (ACE Impact) Project, which aims to improve the quality, quantity and development impact of postgraduate education in selected universities through regional specialization and collaboration.

Since 2015, he has been working as a volunteer technical consultant at the Emergency, Trauma and Acute Care Programme within the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention at the World Health Organization. He continues to work as one of the founding faculty members of the newly formed Academic Consortium for Emergency Systems (ACES), a consortium of academic global health programs to support the work of aforementioned WHO Programme.

He serves on multiple international global health education committees, including the International Federation of Emergency Medicine (IFEM), African Federation of Emergency Medicine (AFEM), American College of Emergency Medicine (ACEP) and the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine – Global Emergency Medicine Academy (GEMA). In 2018, he was awarded the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award by GEMA for his work on emergency care health/education systems development.

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Nick Jouriles | Past Chair | American College of Emergency Physicians

Gautam Bodiwala | Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Arif Alper Cevik | Emergency Medicine Association of Turkey

Simon Chu | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Matthew Chu | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Prof Juliusz Jakubaszko | Polish Society for Emergency Medicine

Sateesh Kumar Kailasam | Society for Emergency Medicine, India

Nicole Kester-Greene | Canadian Association of Emergency Medicine

Janet Lin | American College of Emergency Physicians

Bret Nicks | American College of Emergency Physicians

Andrew Singer | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Erin Simon | American College of Emergency Physicians

David Teng | Society for Emergency Medicine in Singapore

Rahim Valani | Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians

Venkataraman Anantharaman | Society for Emergency Medicine in Singapore

Abraham Wai | Hong Kong College for Emergency Medicine

Jeremy Wee | Society for Emergency Medicine in Singapore

Christian Arbalaez | American College for Emergency Physicians

Autumn Brogan | American College of Emergency Physicians

Amber Hathcock

Mohan Kamalanathan | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Mohamed Alwi Abdul Rahman

Sean Kivlehan | American College of Emergency Physicians

Associate Professor Valerie Krym | Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians

Luis Vargas Tellez | Asociacion Colombiana de Especialistas en Medicina de Emergencias

Grzegorz Waligora | Polish Society for Emergency Medicine

Justin Kaplan | American College of Emergency Physicians

Fremen Chihchen Chou | Taiwan Society of Emergency Medicine

Committee work and achievements

Endorsement of the International Emergency Medicine Education Project. This is a large international collaborative project led by Alper Cevik and supported by the Committee aimed at improving undergraduate emergency medicine education worldwide.

Research Primer
This work is a collaboration between the Core Curriculum and Education and Research Committees to support teaching of the principles of emergency medicine research during specialist training in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Fourteen topics were identified as being important and relevant to those performing research in LIMCs. Erin Simon worked with the respective Chairs of both committees to coordinate the writing of the primer with each topic being authored by at least one author from a LIMC. Currently draft manuscripts have been completed for 12 of these topics. The African Journal of Emergency Medicine has given an undertaking to peer review and publish each topic as part of a research series. It is anticipated that topics from the research primer will be published over a period of 12 months commencing in 2020.

Accreditation Framework
Andrew Singer is leading a team to generate a manuscript aiming to provide guiding principles and framework for accreditation of specialist training programs.

Integration of IFEM Curricula
This work aims to facilitate the implementation of IFEM curricula through the integration of previously published IFEM UME, GME and CPD curricula as a continuum of professional practice, expressed in the form of Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) required for practice as a specialist in emergency medicine. A team led by James Kwan has successfully obtained ethics approval to identify the essential EPAs for practice as a specialist in emergency medicine using consensus methodology. It is anticipated a draft manuscript will be available at ICEM2020 with the aim of publishing this work in a peer reviewed journal.

Renewal of the IFEM Undergraduate (UME) Curriculum
Work has commenced on the review and renewal of the UME Curriculum, which was first published in 2009. A team led by Alper Cevik has completed a review of the UME curriculum and the findings from this review was presented to the committee in February 2019. It is anticipated the first draft of the renewed UME curriculum will be available at ICEM2020.

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