ACADEMIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE 2011; 18:868–871 © 2011 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine


Africa’s first residency training program in emergency medicine (EM) was established at the University of Cape Town (UCT)/Stellenbosch University (SUN) in 2004. There have since been four classes for a total of 29 graduates from this program who are practicing, teaching, and leading EM. This article describes the structure of the program and discusses the history and major drivers behind its founding. We report major changes, cite ongoing challenges, and discuss lessons learned from the program’s first 7 years that may help advise other nascent training programs in developing countries.