International Ambassador Program (AMP)

The specialty of emergency medicine does not exist or is in early stages of development in many countries around the world. The ACEP International Ambassador Program consists of emergency medicine physicians practicing in the United States who represent ACEP and help promote the development of emergency medical care and emergency medicine as a specialty in countries where they have significant professional interests and connections. Currently, the Ambassador Program has Ambassadors to more than 80 countries around the world. The International Ambassador Conference convenes the ACEP International Ambassadors yearly to give updates on the countries they represent and to work on initiatives that promote their common goals. One of these initiatives is the Ambassador Mentorship Program. This mentorship program emerged from EMRA’s student members’ desire for mentorship in global emergency medicine. During the ACEP International Ambassador Conference in 2017, EMRA proposed a mentorship program matching International ACEP Ambassadors with medical students interested in global emergency medicine.

GOALS

  • To match EMRA medical student members interested in global emergency medicine with ACEP International Ambassador Mentors.
  • To familiarize students with the current state of emergency medicine in different countries around the world.
  • Through participation in projects of the ACEP International Program, to educate students about professionalism, leadership, and teamwork.
  • To provide an overview of global emergency medicine work including research, education, development, humanitarian work, and ethical-implications.
  • To provide mentees with a network of contacts in global emergency medicine they can use to discuss their professional interests.

MENTORS ARE EXPECTED TO:

  1. Attend a video conference orientation in September 2020.
  2. If possible, attend morning and afternoon events at the ACEP International Ambassador Conference on October 25, 2020 in Dallas, TX.
  3. Have a monthly check-in via email, phone or video conference with mentee, to discuss progress of academic project and ACEP Ambassador Program Work.
  4. Supervise mentee’s journal club preparation. Mentee will be in charge of leading one journal club with fellow mentees. A topic in global EM will be assigned by the program director. The mentor will review the mentee’s article selection and discussion points prior to journal club.
  5. If available*, assist in an academic global emergency medicine project and assist the mentee in developing their final presentation prior by going over content and reviewing slides prior to presentation.
  6. Be interested, enthusiastic and committed to the success of their mentee.
  7. Be available to offer mentee advice related to a career in global emergency medicine.
  8. Fill out six month and final mentee and program evaluations.

*See “Academic Project and Capstone Presentation” below for further information

MENTEES ARE EXPECTED TO:

  1. All mentees are required to have an ACEP’s International Section Membership
  2. Attend a mandatory video conference orientation in September 20202.
  3. If possible, attend the ACEP International Ambassador Conference on October 25, 2020 in Dallas, TX including the AMP Orientation and working groups in the afternoon. Unfortunately, there is no funding through ACEP or EMRA for this program at this time and all costs associated with travel to ACEP are the responsibility of the student. Additionally, EMRA and ACEP are not responsible for travel security, costs, and liability that may result from connections and relationships through the program. It is not necessary for mentee to register for the overall ACEP Conference to attend the Ambassador Meeting. Associated costs may include travel, lodging, and meals, among others. If attending the conference, mentees are highly encouraged to ask their medical schools for financial assistance if available.
  4. Have a monthly check-in via email, phone or video conference with mentor, to discuss progress of academic project and ACEP Ambassador Program Work.
  5. Participate in all journal clubs via video conference throughout the year.
  6. Choose articles, prepare discussion points, and lead one of the journal clubs on pre-assigned global emergency medicine topic.
  7. Participate in a global emergency medicine academic project* or literature review for capstone presentation during the International Ambassador Conference in 2021.
  8. Work 1-2 hours per week on ACEP Ambassador program projects assigned by the program leadership including but not limited to membership data management, website maintenance/development, report and proposal writing, and research.
  9. Fill out six month and final mentor and program evaluations.

*See “Academic Project and Capstone Presentation” below for further information

MENTOR-MENTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Each Mentee will be assigned one Ambassador Mentor. Efforts will be made to assign the mentee to a mentor from one of the mentee’s countries of interests as expressed on the mentee’s application. However, if the ambassadors from those countries are not available as mentors, an ambassador from another country interested in being a mentor will be assigned at the discretion of the AMP directors. Students applying to be mentees in the program must be willing to have a mentor who is not from one of their countries of interest. In the event an Ambassador leaves the program, or is unable to continue being a mentor, the mentee will be reassigned to another Ambassador mentor at the discretion of the AMP leadership.
In the event of an insurmountable personality incompatibility between the mentor and mentee as perceived by either the mentor or mentee then the AMP leadership should be informed by either or both parties to request reassignment. This should be a rare occurrence.

RECRUITMENT TIMELINE

Student application deadline June 30th, 2020

VIDEO CONFERENCE ORIENTATION 2020

The AMP Orientation will take place via video conference in September 2020. The Ambassador Mentor should make an effort to attend this session. The orientation is MANDATORY for all mentees. Mentor and mentee should exchange contact info and set up a time to talk in the next week or two following orientation to decide on an academic project for the year and decide how to best keep in touch during the rest of the year.

AMBASSADOR CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE 2020

Although not a mandatory requirement this year due to the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic, the Ambassador Mentors and Mentees are highly encouraged to attend the ACEP Ambassador Conference on October 25th, 2020 in Dallas, TX. This is a valuable opportunity for the Ambassador Mentors and Mentees to meet and network in person. Additionally, Mentees can learn more about the ongoing global emergency medicine projects the Ambassadors are leading.

ACADEMIC PROJECT AND CAPSTONE PRESENTATION

The goal of the academic project is to expose mentees to academic work in global emergency medicine, so they can gain skills they can apply to future projects. The mentee should spend 1-2 hours per week working on the project throughout the year on average. The academic project may be selected through 1 of 3 avenues

  • Option 1: Help create/update country report: Mentor provides contacts, mentee conducts phone/skype interviews and drafts country report with advising of mentor.
  • Option 2: Write a three page article on a global EM topic agreed upon by the mentor and mentee and approved by AMP committee. AMP Committee will review paper and provide feedback.
  • Option 3: An activity or project that exposes the mentee to global EM, to be approved by the AMP committee. Examples: work on research or implementation project, field visits, proposal writing, grant writing.

The mentor and mentee should decide on an academic project and inform the AMP director by November 15th, 2020. The academic project should be academically rigorous and of quality equivalent to an abstract presentation at a scientific conference. However, acceptance of an abstract at a conference or a publication is not required. The mentee will present her or his work at the following International Ambassador Conference in 2021, during a 5 min Capstone Presentation. The mentor will check on progress of the project throughout the year, provide guidance and review presenting points and provide feedback prior to presentation.

JOURNAL CLUB AND GROUP CHECK-INS

Each mentee will lead one journal club throughout the year. There will be 5-6 journal clubs throughout the year. All mentees should participate in all journal clubs. Each mentee is only allowed to miss one journal club during the year and should let the journal club leader in advance. The journal club will be published in November 2020 with dates, leader and topic assignments. The mentee will select two recent or landmark scientific articles and get them approved by her or his mentor and the AMP director 1 month in advance and send them to all other mentees 2 weeks in advance. Journal club will be conducted via Skype for 1 hour and all participants need to have read the articles in advance. At the end of journal club, one of the members of the program’s leadership will have an informal check in with the group to receive feedback and address any issues with the program.

AMBASSADOR PROGRAM WORK

The mentee will help advance work related to the administration and projects of the Ambassador program, updating databases, proofreading, creating reports, outreach and other administrative tasks. The mentee’s work should average 1-2 hours per week (some weeks more some weeks less). This work will be assigned by AMP Directors and should be completed in a timely fashion.

ASSESSMENT

Mentors and mentees will fill out assessments of the program and their mentor/mentee at the beginning, middle and end of the program. Mentors and mentees should contact the AMP directors with any concerns about the mentor-mentee relationship throughout the year. AMP directors will review assessments and feedback and feedback from participants in order to improve future iterations of the program.

QUESTIONS

Questions or problems should be referred to Lorena Rodriguez (lorenarodriguez.emra@gmail.com) or Dr. Andrés Patiño (apatino@emory.edu). Your feedback is essential and will be used to modify the program for the future.