OHSU Emergency Medicine and BDMS hospital system kick off educational collaborative in Southeast Asia

Drs. Beech Burns, Erin Burns, and Jessica Bailey, along with RNs Melinda Hartenstein and Danielle Sullivan, traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to meet with OHSU's partners in the Bangkok Dusit Medical Services system to kick off their course in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM).  Pediatric emergency medicine in Thailand is still in its infancy, with only two fellowship-trained PEM physicians in the country.   To address this need, the Department of Emergency Medicine at OHSU has developed an interdisciplinary curriculum for pediatricians and emergency medicine physicians and nurses to develop knowledge and skills to prepare them to care for kids in emergency settings.  This week we performed baseline testing with our first cohort of Thai doctors and nurses, which consisted of a written exam and a series of simulated pediatric emergencies.  We will continue working with them over the next six months to cultivate knowledge and strengthen teamwork.  The OHSU team also had the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Bangkok, visiting several nearby temples and blending in with the locals by donning traditional Thai dress!