Meet our Track Leads for DevelopingEM 2020 Colombia

Following the release of our complete program last week we would like to re-introduce our track leads.

We’re lucky to have our all our leads from 2018 returning to lead the core components of DevelopingEM.

We also have some new additions with a regional flavour.

April (Paediatrics), Nat (Global EM), Brian (Adult EM), and Peter and Gerard (Trauma) all return after helping us out in Sri Lanka and Fiji.

Joining this team is Rolando (Regional EM) and Eliecer (EM in Colombia).

Its impossible to summarise just how qualified this group is to provide you with quality education but Ill give it a try.

April Kam returns to lead an amazing Paediatric team. She’s a Paediatric Emergency Physician, a professor, an award winning educationalist and a champion of global emergency development. She Canadian and by default the loveliest track lead of all time- sorry Nat, Brian, Peter, Gerard, Rolly and Eliecer you’re all awesome but you’re just not Canadian enough. April brings together an amazing team from multiple specialties and countries covering critical care topics across the whole spectrum of emergent management of paediatric patients. We’re all looking forward to another fantastic paediatric track. Thank you April (and team)!

Nat Thurtle. What can I say to summarise just how amazing this EM leader is? An awesome presenter (she’s been with us since the beginning in 2012), and awesome track lead (she’s been leading our Global EM day since 2014). This year she’s organised a fascinating Global EM session which will stretch our exposure from human trafficking to anthropology. We’re not sure if Nia will be joining her mother this year- we sure hope so.

Returning also is the New Yorker from Stonybrook, Brian Wright. The only complaint we’ve had about Brian’s EM and Critical Care sessions in the past is that there is simply too much information. With a team of experts that have joined us for our conferences since 2013 this session is packed full of the best clinical emergency medicine and critical care education you will get this year. Brian is a clinicians’ clinician, an expert but never arrogant, hard working and supremely focussed on his patients. One would be hard pressed to find a critical care topic that Brian isn’t an expert on, and after Sri Lanka 2016 he also knows how many Americans can fit into a tuk tuk. Thanks again Brian for another awesome session.

Its impossible to know where to start in a description of our trauma track leads Peter Cameron and Gerard O’Reilly. They have been leaders in Australasian and International EM for decades and we remain humbled that they have joined the organising committee of DevelopingEM and continue to design the trauma track. This year they have brought together an amazing group of experts to give you a fantastic session of trauma education. Thank you Peter and Gerard for your advice and counsel and for putting together an amazing trauma track.







Rolando Valenzuela (Rolly to his mates) has been with us as an enthusiastic delegate and faculty member since 2013. He’s an emergency physician, and international fellowship program director from Stonybrook in New York but his itchy feet take him around the globe on a regular basis. This year he’s bringing together clinicians from across the Caribbean and South America to discuss their experiences in the development of our specialty, emergency medicine in the region. These sessions are always fascinating and Rolly has curated some amazing topics into this track.

Last but definitely not least is Eliecer Cohen. Eliecer is the first Emergency Physician graduated in Bogotá, Colombia, from the only 4 year based program in the country. From the outset he has been idealistic, focussed on the future, and has been one of the core leaders in the development of the Asociación Colombiana de Especialistas en medicina de Urgencias y Emergencias (ACEM) from the time of its foundation. Eliecer is recognized as a critical thinker in the development of EM and is also an international speaker on the themes of quality, ethics, the difficult patient, the impaired clinician, emergency medicine values, professionalism in education, the development of non clinical skills, and the role of the EP as a patient advocate. He is a founding member of ACEM Colombia and a previous secretary of the college. He remains the editor of the college journal. Eliecer has been an enthusiastic supporter of the DevelopingEM ACEM partnership since the first meeting in June 2018 and is a member of the ACEM 2020 Congress organising committee. He is leading a group of experienced and enthusiastic clinicians from our host country Colombia. Together they are going to describe the development and progression of EM in Colombia. Emergency Medicine has developed so quickly and successfully in Colombia that Im sure we will all learn some valuable pointers on how to progress our specialty in any setting.

All in all its an incredible group of EM leaders curating a fantastic program

Join April, Nat, Brian, Peter, Gerard, Rolly and Eliecer for a fantastic 3 days of excellence.

Check out the full bios of all our track leads and presenters here.

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