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IFEM Curriculum in Emergency Medicine for Undergraduates

There is a critical and growing need for emergency physicians and emergency medicine resources worldwide. To meet this need, physicians must be trained to deliver time sensitive interventions and life-saving emergency care. Currently, there is no internationally recognized, standard curriculum that defines the basic minimum standards for emergency medicine education. To address this deficit, the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM) convened a committee of international physicians, health professionals and other experts in emergency medicine and international emergency medicine development, to outline a curriculum for foundation training of medical undergraduates in emergency medicine. This curriculum document represents the consensus statement of this committee. The curriculum is designed with a focus on the basic minimum emergency medicine educational content that any medical school in the world should be delivering to its students during the undergraduate years of training. The curriculum is designed not to be prescriptive, but to assist educators and emergency medicine leadership in advancing physician education in basic emergency medicine content. The content would be relevant not just in communities with mature emergency medicine systems, but also in developing nations or in nations seeking to expand emergency medicine within current educational structures. We anticipate that there will be wide variability in how this curriculum is implemented and taught reflecting the existing educational milieu, the resources available, and the goals of the institutions’ educational leadership.

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