Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM)

Fostering Emergency Medicine in Ethiopia

The Addis Ababa emergency medicine academic collaboration involves the University of Toronto (U of T) and Ethiopian partners at Addis Ababa University (AAU). It intends to foster the development of the country’s first Emergency Medicine (EM) Residency Program, and support growth in the specialty.

Visiting faculty teach and clinically mentor Ethiopian EM residents three to four times a year. Teaching trips cover a longitudinal, three-year curriculum through didactic teaching sessions, practical seminars, and bedside clinical supervision. Each trip consists of three U of T faculty and one senior postgraduate resident.

TAAAC-EM also supports our Ethiopian partners through curriculum design and development, operational research and support, and a variety of innovative educational initiatives including videoconferencing, online mentorship, and monitoring and evaluation.

With its first formal teaching trip in 2010, the 10-year goal of TAAAC-EM is to assist in the graduation of a self-sustaining critical mass of emergency medicine leaders at AAU who will continue to train future generations of Ethiopians, and spread emergency medicine expertise throughout the country and East Africa.

For information on how to get involved with TAAAC-EM as a staff member or resident, or to contact the Co-Directors, please visit Global Health Emergency Medicine (GHEM)  for contact info and further details.