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Table 1 Didactic curriculum: subject areas and representative lecture topics (including participant lectures)

From: Addressing the immediate need for emergency providers in resource-limited settings: the model of a six-month emergency medicine curriculum in Haiti

Content area Hours Example lecture(s)
Burn, trauma, and orthopedics 14 • Orthopedic emergencies by extremity
• Non-accidental trauma
• Head and spinal trauma
• Abdominal trauma and hemorrhagic shock
Cardiology 10 • Congestive heart failure and cardiogenic shock
• Dangerous chest pain: myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, and aortic dissection
• ECG interpretation
Infectious diseases 10 • Intracranial infections
• Tropical diseases: malaria, dengue, and chikungunya
Gastroenterology 6 • Diarrheal illness, dehydration, and fluid resuscitation
• GI and intraabdominal surgical emergencies
Respiratory 6 • Approach to dyspnea
• Management of acute asthma and COPD
Neurology and psychiatry 5 • Status epilepticus and seizure
• Altered mental status and coma
• Acute psychiatric emergencies
Advanced life supporta 4 • Advanced Cardiac Life Support principles (ACLS)
• Pediatric Advanced Life Support principles
• Neonatal resuscitation
Toxicology and Environmental health 4 • Environmental emergencies: lightning, drowning, and electric shock
Imagingb 3 • Ultrasound in shock
Endocrine 2 • Diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar syndrome
Hematology 2 • Sickle cell emergencies
Obstetrics and gynecologyc 2 • Vaginal bleeding in pregnant and non-pregnant patients
Renal 2 • Acute renal failure and hyperkalemia
Other pediatric topicsd 2 • Noninfectious neonatal emergencies
Principles of EM 1 • Approach to a patient in the ED
Dermatology 1 • Life-threatening rashes
Genitourinary 1 • GU emergencies: the urinary tract and penile pathology
Ophthalmology 1 • Ophthalmologic emergencies
  1. a In addition to the 4 h of advanced life support topics, 12 h of the topics classified by organ system above were on critical care topics, for a total of 16 h of critical care lectures
  2. b One hour of ultrasound training was optional for participants without any prior exposure to ultrasound
  3. c In addition, a lecture on trauma in pregnancy is classified under burn, trauma, and orthopedics
  4. d An additional 5 h of pediatric topics are classified by organ system, for a total of 7 h on pediatric specific topics