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Teach Learn Med. 2012;24(1):71-80. doi: 10.1080/10401334.2012.641491.

The curriculum development process for an international emergency medicine rotation.

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, Florida 32209, USA.



Completion of electives abroad is not a new phenomenon for physicians in training. Benefits to the physician and the host country's population have been sufficiently described in the literature; however, many academic residency programs lack an international health curriculum that incorporates both the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's core and specialty-specific competencies.


The goal of this project was to develop a curriculum for emergency medicine residents completing International Emergency Medicine (IEM) rotations.


A literature search was conducted to review available international rotation curricula and the curriculum development process. A committee was formed to create an IEM rotation, borrowing philosophical premises from the educational literature, particularly experientialism.


The resulting article describes the curriculum development process and provides a curriculum template for medical specialties to utilize when sending residents abroad.

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