Educational Partnerships: India

R E F L E C T I O N S   F R O M   O U R   G R A N T E E S EMEDEX International I N  I N D I A:

I recently returned from Bangalore, India, site of INDUSEM Conference for Emergency Medicine. Here, I helped to plan and execute a workshop on Disaster Medicine and Simulation. We worked with emergency medicine residents, medical students and other providers from India at the M.S. Ramaiah Medical College and attended INDUSEM hosted by St. John’s Medical College.

Together, my team conducted a two-day workshop in country level disaster response using the Incident Command System (ICS) framework to train these providers to respond to a country level disaster. Through a novel method of tabletop drills and graded independence, the providers were able to independently respond to a simulated countrywide disaster in a drill on the final day. My team and the participants were thrilled by how useful and fun the workshops were for all involved.

Through this experience, I now understand the current state of emergency medicine in India. In addition, I have a framework and understanding of how medical specialties and disaster systems develop in countries worldwide. This will enable me to pursue my interest in building sustainable systems internationally and in disaster medicine, careers I am strongly considering.

Specifically, from this project, I have published abstracts and have been able to better frame my understanding of my current project in another country. I am thankful to my mentors and the funding from EMEDEX that enabled me to have this experience and to gain these skills.”

-Ben Kaufman