Women in Emergency Medicine Around the World

Women in Emergency Medicine Around the World Symposium

This virtual symposium is brought to you by the International Federation for Emergency Medicine and Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians

Gender equality is a human right, is essential to the achievement of peaceful societies with full human potential and research has shown that gender balance in the clinical workforce can affect patient outcomes. Although gender equality is recognised as one of the most important determinants of healthcare development, gender equality remains a complex issue in the clinical workforce with progress towards international gender equality targets being slow.

In our next edition of our around the world event series, leading international speakers will address the issues facing women emergency medical care workers in different regions of the world, what needs to change, and what you can do in your own workplace to take steps towards gender equality.

At the conclusion of the symposium participants will be able to:

  1. List three incentives and three barriers that women physicians face when trying to train in Emergency Medicine around the world.
  2. Compare and contrast the working conditions for women in Emergency Medicine in North America, South America, Europe, Australasia, Africa, and the Middle East.
  3. Explore how organizations like IFEM and CAEP can support women in Emergency Medicine in your region.

Date and Time

16 December 2021 7am – 10am Pacific Standard Time
16 December 2021 10am – 1pm Eastern Time
16 December 2021 3pm – 6pm Universal Time Coordinated
16 December 2021 5pm – 8pm South Africa Standard Time
16 December 2021 11pm – 2am China Standard Time
17 December 2021 2am – 5am Sydney/Melbourne

Registration fee

High Income Countries: $20USD $28AUD
Low and Middle Income Countries, nurses, EMS and students: $5USD $7AUD
Canadian Association of Emergency Physician members: no fee

If you were unable to attend the event, you can purchase the recording of the symposium below. The recording will be available to for 12 months.


Dr Tigist Tesfaye
Emergency Medicine Women in Ethiopia

Dr Tigist Tesfaye is a practicing emergency and critical care physician in Ethiopia. She obtained her Medical degree from Jimma University and then obtained her speciality training in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine from the Addis Ababa University, Black Lion Hospital. She is currently working as the Clinical Service Directorate director at the Addis Ababa COVID-19 Field hospital. Her passions include, teaching and improving the quality of care provided in Emergency Departments.

Dr Mulinda Nyirenda
Emergency Medicine – a catalyst for improving health care delivery in Malawi.

Dr Nyirenda has been the pioneering practicing Emergency and Internal Medicine Specialist at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi since 2010. She develops and coordinates academic emergency medicine programs in Malawi and actively contributes to other international training programs. She is a clinical researcher and associate editor of AfJEM, and serves on the IFEM and AFEM Board.

Dr Adriana Yock-Corrales
Costa Rica
Women in Emergency Medicine, Costa Rica perspective

Dr Yock-Corrales is a Paediatric Emergency Physician from Costa Rica. She did her Paediatric Residency in Costa Rica and in 2008 in Australia did her PEM Fellowship at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Currently she is the Clinical Chief of the ED at Children’s Hospital and part of the teaching committee of Emergency/Paediatric Residency Programs. She is involved in research studies with publications in peer-reviewed journals. Since 2014, she has been a Member and since 2021 the Communication Lead of IFEM PEMSIG.

Dr Anna Nowacki
Making strides towards gender equity in EM in Canada

Dr Nowacki (MD, FRCPC) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine and practices emergency medicine at the University Health Network. She is the former Chair of the Women in Emergency Medicine Committee with the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians. She is an avid runner, cyclist and enjoys picking up a paintbrush in her spare time.

Dr Pavitra Kotini-Shah
Women in Emergency Medicine, USA perspective

Dr Kotini-Shah is a tenure track Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine. She is also fellowship trained in Ultrasound and Resuscitation and leads many research projects merging both together. Notably, she is a NIH Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Scholar which has given her the opportunity to conduct sex and gender research in her primary interest areas of emergency cardiovascular conditions as well as in gender equity in the workplace.

Dr Elif Cakal
Women in Emergency Medicine: Turkish Experience

Dr Cakal is an emergency physician and medical educationist based in Turkey. Her primary focus areas are undergraduate emergency medicine education and Free Open Access Medical Education. In addition to her involvement with multiple IFEM Core Curriculum and Education Committee projects, she serves as an editor for iEM Education Project Clerkship Book and website.

Dr Kirsty Challen
United Kingdom
Women in Emergency Medicine, UK perspective

Dr Challen is is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine Research Lead at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust (North West England). She completed undergrad and postgrad training in North West England, acquiring a History of Medicine BSc, a PhD in Health Services Research, an anaesthesiologist husband and four children along the way. She is Chair of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Women in Emergency Medicine group, and involved with the RCEM Public Health and Informatics groups. Kirsty regards her inner toddler as a great asset to medicine and finds #FOAMEd very helpful in answering “but WHY?” She also creates infographics #PaperinaPic for The Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine. When not at work she is happiest out running on a muddy mountain.

Dr Nisreen Maghraby
Saudi Arabia
Women in Emergency Medicine, Middle East Perspective

Dr Maghraby completed a 7 year scholarship at McGill University and holds two master degrees, a Master of Arts and a Master in Management. Currently she is an Assistant Professor and Consultant in EM/Trauma and Disaster Management at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU). Her academic interests are trauma, health care facilities disaster preparedness, medical education/simulation, faculty development and research.

Dr Imron Subhan
Building Gender Equity and Equality in Emergency Medicine – A Story from India

Dr Subhan is a Consultant and Head of Emergency Medicine Department at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad city, India. He is the Past President and current Chair of Governance and Policy Committee of the Society for Emergency Medicine India (SEMI). He is the Chair of the Gender-Specific Issues Special Interest Group of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine (IFEM).

Dr Kim Hansen
Gender Equity in Australia: Aren’t we there yet?

Dr Hansen is the Director of ED at St Andrew’s Hospital Emergency Department in Brisbane, Australia. She is the inaugural of ACEM’s Chair of Advancing Women in Emergency. Kim has published and presented on a broad range of topics and enjoys spending her time off with her three children.

Dr An Vo Thi Thuy
Women in Emergency Medicine, Vietnam Perspective

Dr Vo Thi Thuy is ED-ICU physician from Vietnam. During the COVID-19 pandemic she has been the head of ICU COVID department in Hospital Q11. She is also the AHA BLS,ACLS, PALS instructor and assistant lecturer of Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University. She would like to contribute her ability to POCUS community in Vietnam and help young doctors in rural hospitals applying POCUS in emergency medicine clinical practice.

Dr Kaushila Thilakasiri
Sri Lanka
Women in Emergency Medicine, Sri Lanka Perspective

Dr Thilakasiri is a senior registrar in Emergency Medicine in Sri Lanka. She is the European Resuscitation Council Young representative for BLS and a council member of Sri Lankan Society of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine. She is also a Member of Royal College of Emergency Medicine. She is involved in teaching and developing various local acute care and emergency medicine training programs for medical students and CPD programs for junior doctors. She has contributed to develop and implement a near-peer learning module on emergency medicine for the University of Colombo, Faculty of Medicine. She is also volunteering her expertise as the Director Training and Development in St John Ambulance Sri Lanka since 2014. She is highly passionate in creating opportunities for women in Emergency Medicine and she was awarded the global travel award of Academy of Women in Emergency Medicine in 2020.

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