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Global Emergency Medicine Committee

For RCEM to be a world-leader in the development of global emergency medicine that is clinically excellent, evidence-based, compassionate and equitable.

Global Emergency Medicine Committee

Our vision

For RCEM to be a world-leader in the development of global emergency medicine that is clinically excellent, evidence-based, compassionate and equitable.

Our Mission

  • To provide a network for members and fellows involved in global emergency medicine
  • To promote global emergency medicine activities to RCEM members and fellows
  • To connect with other emergency medicine associations globally
  • To develop global emergency medicine as a sub-speciality
  • To encourage opportunities for practice, training and research in global emergency medicine
  • To support the development of resources for emergency medicine systems globally

Getting to know you

In order to support our members and fellows involved in global emergency medicine work, we would like to connect with you to gain insight into your work, to help with networking between teams and get you involved in setting the agenda for the committee.

You can connect with us in the following ways:

  • Email: globalem@rcem.ac.uk
  • Twitter: @RCEMGlobal
  • Facebook: We now have a closed Facebook page for our members and Fellows involved with in global emergency medicine work – please email globalem@rcem.ac.uk DM us on Twitter and we’ll add you, or join on the Facebook Page!
  • Your RCEM account: Just log into your account via the website and check the “Global EM Activity” box with the Communication Preferences section and we can keep in touch and send you updates
  • GEM Networks: We are actively trying to link regional groups of members that have an interest in GEM who might like to meet other like-minded individuals working in the same region (of the UK eg. East Anglia/Sussex/London). It would be a forum to share ideas and encourage each other in Global EM. If you’d like to find out more or to join, please email: GEMNetworks@rcem.ac.uk

Getting to know us

The current members and fellows serving on the committee are:

  • Jason Long (Chair)
  • Hodon Abdi
  • Emily Beet
  • Nikki Biggs
  • Stevan Bruijns – 2020 William Rutherford International Award recipient
  • Gile Cattermole
  • Claire Crichton
  • Andrew Fryer
  • Shweta Gidwani
  • Hooi-Ling Harrison
  • James Hayton
  • Simon Horne
  • Richard Lowsby
  • Sa Narang
  • Derek Prentice
  • Najeeb Rahman – 2017 William Rutherford International Award recipient

Global health and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine: a cross-sectional survey of members and fellows

There is growing interest in global health participation among emergency care doctors in the UK. The GEM Committee undertook a survey of members and fellows of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine involved in global health to gain a better understanding of their interests, the work they are involved in, as well as the benefits and barriers of this work. A paper was published in the EMJ on the findings of this research and can be found below.

Policies and links

Global EM Resources

RCEM Global EM Handbook

A guide for Emergency Physicians undertaking Global Emergency Medicine work abroad has been produced by the GEM Committee and can be downloaded below.
This handbook provides a brief introduction to global emergency medicine and working overseas in an emergency care setting for those that may be new to the field or for those that are considering volunteering abroad. It aims to signpost to a range of helpful resources and provide an idea of some current opportunities.

Download the Global Emergency Medicine Handbook

RCEM Global Guide for GEM Fellowships

A practical guide for supervision of a GEM Fellowship program within a UK Emergency Department been produced by the GEM Committee and can be downloaded below.

Increasing numbers of UK ED are offering fellowships in Global EM (GEM). These positions are being taken by doctors across various grades including junior positions after foundation year 2 (FY2) training, intermediate specialist training (ACCS level), more senior ST4 and post CCT fellowships. So far, there has not been a standardised framework for these posts.

The aim of this GEM fellowship guide is to provide a suggested practical framework for organising a GEM Clinical Fellowship programme within a UK Emergency Department.

Download the RCEM Global Guide for GEM Fellowships

Further helpful papers around GEM fellowships can be found below

Core Curricular Elements for Fellowship Training in International Emergency Medicine

Experience with the core curricular elements for international emergency medicine fellowships

Information for trainees about going out of programme can be found here

If you would like to share opportunities that are in line with these standards, please email globalem@rcem.ac.uk

GEM Endorsement

Are you holding or know of any EM development activities in LMIC or Low-Income settings and would like to apply for endorsement from the College?

Please find the GEM Endorsement criteria and process guidance and application form below:

RCEM FEM Endorsement criteria and process

RCEM GEM Endorsement Application form

Rapid Fire Evidence Reviews with AFEM

In collaboration with colleagues at the African Federation for Emergency Medicine we present rapid-fire evidence reviews where we conduct literature reviews on key topics related to COVID-19 . Presentations are accompanied by written summaries.

Review 6: Treatments for COVID 19 [MP4]

[PPT] [Written Summary ] NOVEMBER 2020

Review 5: Maternal and child health [MP4]

[PPT] [Written Summary] NOVEMBER 2020

Review 4: Public Health and Epidemiology in COVID-19 [MP4]

[PPT] [Written Summary] AUGUST 2020

Review 3: COVID-19 Virology [MP4]

[PPT] [Written Summary] JULY 2020

Review 2: COVID-19: The impact on Healthcare Workers [MP4]

[PPT] [Written Summary] AUGUST 2020

Review 1: HIV, TB & BCG [MP4]

JULY 2020

Helpful resources

A list of other helpful resources have been compiled by the committee and can be downloaded here.

RCOG Global Health Toolkits

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have a range of Global Health Toolkits. The toolkits have been written by experts in the Obstetricians and Gynaecologist fields but they are currently at trial stage. RCOG are looking for piloting opportunities so if any members are interested please contact RCOG on  globalhealthtoolkits@rcog.org.uk

Global Health Mapping Project

The RCEM Global Emergency Medicine committee and The University of Manchester are conducting an important piece of research to understand the Global Health (GH) engagement of those working in Emergency Medicine (EM) across the UK. This will contribute to a live mapping exercise linking regional GH work, maintained on the RCEM webpage.

We would like to request that you (our members) and your Emergency Medicine colleagues (of all professions) partake in this research. Participation will contribute to a broader understanding of the Global Health work (both at home and internationally) done by all of our healthcare workforce in emergency medicine and spotlight some of the work done by local Emergency Medicine colleagues which may not be widely known about.

Please find more detail in the Participant Information Sheet along with the link to the online survey we would like sending out to all ED colleagues via local networks.

For further information please contact our International Manger – Andrew Fryer – Andrew.fryer@rcem.ac.uk

We want to hear from ALL EM healthcare professionals.

Do you work in UK Emergency Care?
Have you ever done any kind of ‘global health’ work?

See posters below:

SoMe Poster One | SoMe Poster Two | SoMe Poster Three

International Opportunities

Visiting Observer Fellowships in Global Emergency Health

Enabling leading Emergency Clinicians from low and middle income countries to visit UK clinical centres where they can develop their knowledge and exchange good practice.

What is the Visiting Observer Fellowship Scheme?

This is a new scheme which offers short clinical observership placements within the UK National Health Service (NHS) to Emergency Medicine doctors from low-resource settings.

Placements will last for four weeks from October to November 2022. During this time, successful Visiting Fellows are invited to attend a GEM study day, visit the RCEM UK head office and attend the RCEM Annual Scientific Conference.

During the attachment, the doctor is not given any responsibility and is not able to make clinical decisions or give clinical advice. The doctor will not receive or be required to obtain registration or a license to practice with the UK General Medical Council.

Judging criteria

We will wish to make awards to the most suitable applicants who will be able to use their award to their own maximum benefit and, to an extent, to the benefit of the College’s international work. If no suitable applicant can be identified, then the award may not be made in any given year.

The judging panel will take into consideration the following criteria:

  • Generally, applicants not otherwise likely to be able to visit the UK
  • Quality of proposal with concise summary of their interests and needs
  • Plan for use of the Fellowship on their return home

The judging panel will be mindful of the requirement for:

  • No concurrent awards or scholarships
  • Letters of support from the candidate’s head of department – essential

Please send your application to globalem@rcem.ac.uk  by 17:00 on Friday 30 August 2022.

Download the Observer Fellowship guidance and application form.


Events and opportunities of Global EM and Health interest

If you would like to apply for endorsement of EM development activities in LMIC, please review the process and criteria document found here.

Please complete the application form found here and send via email to globalem@rcem.ac.uk

Educational Standards Framework for Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) approved Fellowships in Humanitarian Medicine and Global Health

The GEM Committee are working towards making Fellowships in Humanitarian Medicine and Global Health more accessible to UK doctors and have created a framework for educational standards, this document can be found here .

Helpful papers around international fellowships can be found below:

If you would like to share opportunities that are in line with these standards, please email globalem@rcem.ac.uk


Volunteer opportunity with King’s Sierra Leone Partnership

King’s Global Health Partnerships recruits hundreds of volunteers from the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and internationally, and connects them with health professionals in Somaliland, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. During their placements, their volunteers provide teaching and training, mentoring and hands-on support to health workers, and undertake collaborative research.

Through these long-term partnerships, they promote skills and knowledge exchange, and mutual learning that contribute to building a stronger health workforce and improved quality of healthcare both internationally and back in the UK.

KGHP are always looking for skilled, passionate volunteers to support the health systems in our partner countries.
Please get in touch at kghp@kcl.ac.uk to discuss their work, or check out the KGHP current opportunities.


RCEM Global Study Days

Global Emergency Medicine Day – Innovation, Partnerships and Opportunity

8 September 2022 | Virtual event | This event is RCEM accredited for CPD

Event summary: Global Emergency Medicine (GEM) is a rapidly developing field with broad scope.  It incorporates disaster and humanitarian response, health system strengthening, advocacy and working in partnership to reduce inequality.

The event will cover a range of related topics through talks and discussions with a diverse range of speakers from across the globe.  We hope to encourage reflection on how we, as emergency care providers, can be involved in a sustainable manner to promote better emergency care for all.

Programme: The programme is available to view online (link for programme –  https://res.cloudinary.com/studio-republic/images/v1655216182/Study-Day-Programme-Global-Emergency-Medicine-V3/Study-Day-Programme-Global-Emergency-Medicine-V3.pdf?_i=AA )

Full information and details on how to book found here – https://rcem.ac.uk/events/global-emergency-medicine-day-innovation-partnerships-and-opportunity/


Previous RCEM Global Study Days

‘Medical Responses to Humanitarian Disasters’

On March 5th, more than 40 delegates from across the UK gathered at Octavia house for the first RCEM Global EM study day looking at the medical response in humanitarian disasters.

A summary of this event can be found here, with thanks to Dr Olivia Corn and Dr Najeeb Rahman.

‘EM in SAARC – A study day dedicated to Emergency Medicine in member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation’

On 13 December 2017 the College held a study day to share key experiences both positive and negative from UK based doctors involved in Emergency Medicine in member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (with a main focus on Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). The event was a great opportunity for those with an interest in these countries to find out more about what’s happening currently and also to network with other involved in similar work. The presentations for the day will be made available on the website shortly.

Please click here to read an article of reflection on the SAARC study day from RCEM Trainee, Dr Rasheed Kaja Mohammad

Trainee Experiences

Trainees have previously taken time out of training – either as OOPT or OOPE, or sometimes as a career break between posts. This time can be invaluable for new professional and personal experiences. You can read about some of our trainee’s experiences in the dropdown menu below.

Further information about going Out Of Programme.

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