In October 2010, with the first formal teaching trip to Black Lion Hospital in Ethiopia, the Toronto-Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM) was launched. Its vision is to create an enduring academic and educational collaboration to train Ethiopian emergency specialists to provide services, teaching and leadership into the new specialty.
TAAAC-EM has been co-developed by Addis Ababa University (AAU) and University of Toronto (UofT) faculty volunteers from the Department of Medicine and the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Division of Emergency Medicine. TAAAC-EM provides one month blocks of teaching three times a year to the EM residency program at the Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (TASH) by two volunteer UofT faculty and a postgraduate resident. Since the inception of TAAAC-EM over 30 UofT faculty have taught on site accompanied by a UofT senior resident, always reviewed as one of the best rotations. Teaching trips cover a longitudinal, three-year curriculum through didactic teaching sessions, practical seminars, and bedside clinical supervision. TAAAC-EM also provides academic support from Toronto that includes program resources, mentorship, operational research and support, telesimulations and input into curriculum development.
The first cohort of AAU EM residents graduated in 2013, and there are now 34 emergency physicians working at 7 public hospitals in Ethiopia. Many of our graduates have become faculty and leaders in the postgraduate EM program at TASH. There are 35 more residents currently in training. A second EM residency training program has been established by TAAAC-EM graduates at another hospital with 26 residents in training.
As the TAAAC-EM partnership grows, shifting educational needs will be negotiated by the lead TAAAC-EM faculty at UofT and AAU to address areas such as leadership training, building research capacity, advocacy and policy development. This shift is a direct result of the success of TAAAC-EM in producing multiple cohorts of graduates who are now the leaders and visionaries of emergency medicine in Ethiopia, and who take on leadership positions to contribute to emergency medicine development across the country.
The opportunity to engage with TAAAC-EM is available to all U of T EM faculty and senior residents. Please contact us for more information on how to participate in Toronto or volunteer for a teaching trip.
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