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International Field Work in Mexico

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Intubation is performed in "La Sala de Choque", Hospital #25, Mexico City

 

Since 1999 we have been working in partnership with Mexican Emergency Physicians, first responders and others to advance Emergency Medical care in Mexico. Initially the project was based in Mexico City at Hospital 25, a flagship training center in the Instituto Mexicano de Seguridad Social (IMMS) system. This fruitful partnership has spawned numerous other education and research projects.


The first phase, completed in 2004, focused on toxicology training for Emergency Medicine providers from both the US and Mexico though an exchange program which included the New York City Poison Control Center in the US, and Centro Medico Siglo XXI in Mexico City.


Since then, the program has grown to include other locations and different subject matter. Currently, the program focuses on ultrasound training in Mexico City and Pachuca, Hidalgo. Future projects will include additional rural outreach and training in southern Mexico with an emphasis on Chiapas.

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The CT scanner in Hospital #25, Mexico City MS IV Domani Howell and Mexican colleagues at Hospital # 25 in Mexico City Current IEM Fellow Dr Steven Kelly with Hospital #25 staff physician Dr Ruben Gutierrez, Mexico City

Program Achievements

  • Establishment of a robust exchange program between American and Mexican Emergency Medicine Providers
  • Completion of several landmark conferences, most recently the fifth Pan-American Emergency Medicine conference
  • Establishment of an introductory toxicology curriculum in Spanish through a collaborative academic initiative
  • Establishment of a Spanish language Emergency Medicine Ultrasound training course
  • Partnership to perform relevant clinical research