Who we are

World Emergency Medicine serves as an online repository of emergency medicine facts and a global forum for everyone interested in the  improvement of emergency medical care globally.



A world were everyone can access high quality emergency medical care that promotes health, alleviates suffering, and protects human dignity, regardless of income, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, language, and social status.



To provide an online repository of emergency medicine history and facts and serve as a global forum for all interested in the development of emergency medical care globally. 


What is Emergency Medicine?

Emergency Medicine is the specialty dedicated to the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, coordination of care, and disposition of any patient requiring expeditious medical, surgical or psychiatric care for an unforeseen illness or injury (see ACEP’s definition of EM).


Why Does Emergency Medicine Require Special Training?

Emergency care is a critical part of a country’s safety net and requires unique expertise. Emergency care providers must be able to expeditiously recognize and stabilize critically-ill patients while efficiently caring for all patients in a way that promotes health, alleviates suffering, and protects human dignity. Emergency care specialists are experts in prioritizing patients based on acuity and optimizing healthcare resources to provide high quality care and lower wait times.


Emergency Care Around the World

Many countries do not have emergency medicine specialists or are just starting to develop the specialty. World Emergency Medicine seeks to promote the growth of high quality emergency care globally by sharing the stories of those improving emergency care in their countries.


Which Countries Need Emergency Care Specialists?

All countries. Emergency care areas have little control over the influx of patients at any given time. Thus, emergency providers need to be able to identify critically ill patients and prioritize resources to provide the best care possible even when the number of patients overwhelms the system’s capacity. This skillset is even more critical in low-resource settings. Beyond being inconvenient, wait times often affect the livelihoods vulnerable low-income patient populations. Thus, the emergency specialists’ expertise can lead to faster treatment and lower wait times, protecting both lives and human dignity.



Andrés Patiño, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician