Section 2 Competencies
Global Emergency Medicine is a diverse area of emergency medicine that requires its own special skillset. These “competencies” arise from challenges faced when encountering medical systems and people that are different than in your home country. In this section, we will discuss clinical skills, tropical medicine, ethics, and cultural awareness. While some of the topics discussed in the following chapters will seem intuitive, the topics have been chosen at the request of students and residents, as well as from problems that have arisen in our own experiences.
While you read this section, keep in mind that this is not exhaustive but it is meant to give you a good starting point for further study. We cannot prepare you for everything that you will possibly experience, but we can inform you about situations, dilemmas, and scenarios you are likely to encounter.