Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Emergency Medicine

What is Global Emergency Medicine?

Global emergency medicine (GEM) initiatives focus on the health of individuals and populations in emergent and dynamic environments. Collaborations focus on inter and intra-university partnerships through research projects, educational efforts and the support of organizations providing health and services in emergency settings.   Such efforts include direct provision of emergency clinical care in resource-limited settings,  humanitarian assistance training and crisis mapping. Within the Department of Emergency Medicine at Feinberg, our dedicated GEM initiative support the broader university mission of global engagement.

Global Emergency medicine is a fast growing subspecialty in global health and Emergency Medicine and the discipline encompasses two broad arenas.  Provision of heath and public heath related services during times of crisis, often termed humanitarian assistance and the provision of healthcare in emergency clinical settings.   Examples of content areas within this fast expanding discipline include:

  1. Humanitarian Assistance
  2. Disaster Relief
  3. Emergency Care Services in resource limited settings
  4. Emergency Medicine Development