Dr. Wen received a travel grant from Partners Healthcare. There are no other disclosures and no conflicts of interest.
Africa’s First Emergency Medicine Training Program at the University of Cape Town/Stellenbosch University: History, Progress, and Lessons Learned
Article first published online: 15 AUG 2011
© 2011 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Academic Emergency Medicine
Volume 18, Issue 8, pages 868–871, August 2011
How to Cite
Wen, L. S., Geduld, H. I., Tobias Nagurney, J. and Wallis, L. A. (2011), Africa’s First Emergency Medicine Training Program at the University of Cape Town/Stellenbosch University: History, Progress, and Lessons Learned. Academic Emergency Medicine, 18: 868–871. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2011.01131.x
Supervising Editor: Mark Hauswald, MD.
- Issue published online: 15 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 15 AUG 2011
- Received March 7, 2011; revision received March 18, 2011; accepted March 18, 2011.
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.