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The dawn of emergency medicine in Vietnam

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  • Gerard M O'Reilly,

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    1. Emergency and Trauma Centre, The Alfred
    2. School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University
    3. Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
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  • Peter A Cameron,

    1. Emergency and Trauma Centre, The Alfred
    2. School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University
    3. Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
    4. International Federation of Emergency Medicine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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  • Gim A Tan,

    1. Emergency and Trauma Centre, The Alfred
    2. School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University
    3. Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
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  • Terrence Mulligan,

    1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    2. American College of Emergency Physicians
    3. School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland
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  • Carter Hill

    1. American College of Emergency Physicians
    2. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
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  • Gerard M O'Reilly, MB BS, FACEM, MPH (International Health), MBiostat, Emergency Staff Specialist and International Operations Manager, Adjunct Lecturer, Chair, International Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group; Peter A Cameron, MB BS, MD, FACEM, Emergency Staff Specialist, Past President, President; Gim A Tan, MB BS, FACEM, Emergency Staff Specialist and Director of Emergency Medicine Training, Adjunct Lecturer; Terrence Mulligan, DO, MPH, FACOEP, FNVSHA, FACEP, FAAEM, FIFEM, Emergency Staff Specialist and Director of Emergency Medicine Residency, Chair, ACEP Section for International Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine; Carter Hill, MD, FACEP, ACEP Ambassador to Vietnam, Clinical Associate Professor.

Dr Gerard O'Reilly, Emergency and Trauma Centre, The Alfred, Commercial Rd, Melbourne, Vic. 3004, Australia. Email: oreillygerard@hotmail.com

Abstract

In 2009 emergency medicine had not been officially established as a specialty in Vietnam. As a result of a non-government organization identifying the need to improve the delivery of emergency care, the Vietnam2010 Symposium in Emergency Medicine was held in Hue in March 2010. This involved 1 week of activity including: an Emergency Medicine Conference, providing lectures and practical workshops in topics of emergency medicine; a Deans' Conference, dedicated to the development of emergency medicine as a specialty; a Disaster and EMS Conference; and an Emergency Nursing Conference. Vietnam2010 was a high impact event and was successful in raising the profile of emergency medicine. It formalized key international linkages, showcased the role of the knowledge and skills relevant to emergency care and provided the impetus for emergency medicine specialization in Vietnam. A consensus document committing to the development of emergency medicine as a specialty in Vietnam was signed by multiple national and international governmental, university and emergency medicine representatives. Challenges included a tendency for international flagbearers from mature systems to promote the specialty according to local expectations, with a consequent emphasis on vertical specialty topics and on technology, and the running of medical and nursing conferences separately. Vietnam now needs a medium-term plan to develop the specialty to ensure these initial steps are translated into a sustainable capacity to provide emergency care nationally.

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