Chris Curry, BMedSc (Hons) FACEM, Visiting Professor; Carolyn Annerud, FACEP, Senior Lecturer; Simon Jensen, FACEM, Senior Lecturer; David Symmons FACEM, Senior Lecturer; Marian Lee, FACEM, Senior Lecturer; Mathias Sapuri, SMHS, UPNG, Executive Dean.
The first year of a formal emergency medicine training programme in Papua New Guinea
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2004
Volume 16, Issue 4, pages 343–347, August 2004
How to Cite
Curry, C., Annerud, C., Jensen, S., Symmons, D., Lee, M. and Sapuri, M. (2004), The first year of a formal emergency medicine training programme in Papua New Guinea. Emergency Medicine, 16: 343–347. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2004.00612.x
Conflicts of interests: None
- Issue published online: 23 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2004
- Accepted 5 April 2004
- Papua New Guinea;
Objective: To describe a programme catalyzing the development of emergency medicine in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Methods: Five emergency physicians rotated through a new position of Senior Lecturer in Emergency Medicine in the University of PNG during 2003. The position was established as a consequence of emergency physician input supported by AusAID in 2002.
Results: Fifth (final)-year medical students and medical officers in the Emergency Department at Port Moresby General Hospital undertook formal and bedside problem based learning. The first trainees for a Master of Medicine in Emergency Medicine programme were inducted and supported. Emergency department management was provided with specialist input. Research projects were initiated, dealing with snakebite, chloroquine toxicity and HIV/AIDS. The first year of an emergency nursing curriculum was supported.
Conclusions: There is now considerable enthusiasm for the development of emergency medicine as the hospital generalists’ specialty. Emergency nursing training has also made a start. Limitations on resources will require flexibility to sustain the project. Further support by emergency physicians will be needed.