From October 30th to November 10th, the Department of Emergency Medicine at OHSU partnered with OHSU Global Health to host two groups of visiting healthcare providers from Thailand. Our guests were emergency physicians and nurses representing Bangkok-Dusit Medical Services, a network of 44 hospitals located across Southeast Asia, all interested in learning more about the practice of emergency medicine in the United States.
Our visitors enjoyed a varied experience at OHSU exploring the breadth of the Department of Emergency Medicine. The two groups spent time with our research faculty, including Craig Newgard, Matt Hansen, and David Sheridan, learning about research infrastructure at OHSU and exploring the possibility of collaboration across our sites. Our administrative leadership discussed operations and quality improvement processes, discussing tools that may be transferable to the BDMS system. The teams were able to get exposure to the local prehospital system, spending time with Craig Warden and the Clackamas county EMS system and the pediatric transfer specialists at PANDA (Pediatric and Neonatal Doernbecher transport team). There was a special focus on pediatric emergency medicine, from both a physician and a nursing perspective, and the teams were able to spend time shadowing our providers in the Pediatric ER. OHSU is thrilled to be exploring options for supporting Pediatric Emergency Medicine training in Thailand and Southeast Asia in the coming years. We have full confidence that this partnership will prove to be an exciting and fruitful collaboration.
BDMS senior leadership hosted a dinner gala at Fogo de Chao on Tuesday evening to celebrate the BDMS- OHSU partnership. President Joe Robertson, John Ma and Beech Burns were among the invited guests.
At a separate group dinner, OHSU leadership presented BDMS providers with certificates acknowledging their participation and learning throughout the visit.
Dr. Warden provided site visits with Clackamas Fire and Rescue and AMR.