Global and Public Health in Emergency Medicine
Emergency medicine is at the frontlines of healthcare and public health systems. Identification of new and emerging diseases and injuries, management and surveillance of reportable infectious diseases, disaster preparedness and emergency medical services are examples of critical public health issues addressed in emergency medicine. The Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin has a long history of leadership in these areas.
- Medical direction of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for the state of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County and Kenosha County
- Development of innovative programs to utilize EMTs and paramedics to provide influenza immunizations
- National leadership of NIH funded studies to improve EMS resuscitation of patients with cardiac arrest and severe traumatic injuries
- Collaborative leadership of community-wide web-based system to monitor and reduce emergency department diversion due to overcrowding
- Leadership of CDC funded Injury Research Center which conducts research on the prevention, acute care and rehabilitation of injuries
- Implementation of community-based projects to prevent domestic violence, falls, suicides, and other injuries
In addition to these activities in the United States, the Department of Emergency Medicine has increasingly been called on to provide global guidance on emergency medical care.
- In collaboration with the Center for International Health and the Polish Ministry of Health and Social Wealth Fare, the department implemented a three-year Emergency Medical Services Development project in Poland which entailed training of Polish EMS faculty in the United States and training of EMS instructors in Poland
- Participation in the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) which develops international consensus guidelines on emergency cardiac care and includes members from Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia, South America and North America
- Consult on emergency medical system development and training in China, India, Malaysia, Canada and Kosovo
- Short-term training of emergency medicine physicians from China, Singapore, and other countries
Learn more about the College's Global Health Program.