An Emergency Nursing Workshop for #DevEM2020

Professor Kate Curtis and her team return to DevelopingEM with a full day Nursing workshop for Colombian nursing clinicians.

This year your donations and registrations are helping DevelopingEM to host this workshop.

Our partners EMRAP are also assisting by bolstering Kate’s faculty with 5 Spanish speaking faculty members.

The team are collaborating with Colombian nursing leaders and our partners the Asociacion Colombiana de Especialistas en Medicina de Urgencias y Emergencias (ACEM) and we remain extremely grateful for their support in hosting this workshop

The first half of the day focusses on the HIRAID emergency nursing assessment framework with the afternoon having a more practical skill based format.

HIRAID is the only evidence based  emergency nursing assessment framework in the world, which is known to improve emergency nursing clinical assessment and communication.

The workshop is an invitation only event being hosted on Thursday March 12, 2020 between 9 and 5 pm.

Thank you for helping DevelopingEM, EMRAP and ACEM host this amazing workshop.


Peter Cameron talks about DevelopingEM

The process of establishing DevelopingEM and organising conferences in areas of the world where our specialties are developing has been an incredible process.

Along the way we have been humbled to meet with and be educated by some of the most incredible emergency physicians on the globe.

Professor Peter Cameron was nice enough to present at our very first conference in Sydney in 2012 and has continued to help and support us ever since.

He has managed our trauma track in Sri Lanka in 2016 and in Fiji in 2018 and this year returns in the same role with an outstanding international faculty.

We remain enormously grateful to Peter and thank him for his kind words about DevelopingEM

Join Peter, his team and the whole amazing DevelopingEM family in Cartagena, Colombia for #DevEM2020.

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Rolando Valenzuela brings us the Regional EM Track at #DevEM2020

This year Rolando Valenzuela, an expat Chilean from SBU Medicine, leads our Regional EM Track.

Rolando is Fellowship Director of the Stony Brook Division of International Emergency Medicine.

He is a Fulbright Scholar, and worked with Chilean emergency physicians on the development of a mature, regionalised system for trauma care in Santiago.

Prior to arriving at Stony brook he completed a fellowship of International Emergency Medicine at LA County+USC Medical Center.

He has worked and lectured in St. Lucia, Brazil, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Haiti, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Vietnam, and has been working alongside his colleagues around Latin America and the Caribbean to help advance Emergency Medicine training throughout the region.

Rolando is part of our advisory team which has helped us invite leading emergency clinicians from the Caribbean, Central and South America on a stratified system of delegate support based on country of origin.

The result of this advice and 6 months of searching sees DevelopingEM supporting the confirmed attendance of 14 clinicians from the following countries

  • Barbados
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Jamaica
  • Guatemala
  • St Lucia
  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Nicaragua
  • Cuba
  • Venezuela
  • Haiti

From within this group and with the addition of several expat regionals Rolando has finalised a fantastic group of speakers from across the region discussing their experiences developing emergency medicine and critical care in their home countries.

This group includes

Pablo Aguilera from Chile

Manrique Umana from Costa Rica

Ana Paula Freitas from Brazil

Andrea Dreyfus from Peru / USA

Hector Real from Nicaragua

and Haywood Hall from Mexico / USA.

This is always one of our favourite tracks of each DevelopingEM conference.

Practitioners in “established” systems have so much to learn from developing systems where innovation and appropriate economisation are a huge part of the development of emergency medicine and critical care.

With this team of experts Rolando’s track is sure to be a hit at #DevEM2020

Join us and your regional colleagues in Cartagena, Colombia in March 2020.

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Host Country Track to be a standout moment for #DevEM2020

This year DevelopingEM comes to Colombia.

Two excellent conferences back to back, DevelopingEM 2020 and ACEM 2020 will be on offer for an entire week of emergency medicine and critical care education.

On March 9, the Emergency Medicine in Colombia track will describe the development of EM in the country, the progress of trauma management, POCUS, PEM, EM Leadership and what the future holds for the specialty.

The track will be led by Eliecer Cohen.

Eliecer is the first Emergency Physician graduated in Bogotá, Colombia, from the only 4 year based program in the country.

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.

He is leading a group of experienced and enthusiastic clinicians from our host country Colombia.


This group includes the following experts.

Fabian Andres Rosas Romero, the current ACEM President

Virginia Zarama

Camilo Gutierrez from Kids National in Washington DC

Luis Eduardo Vargas

and Nathaly Vargas.

Join us to hear from this expert team in Cartagena, Colombia for DevelopingEM 2020 and ACEM 2020.

We hope both events will be a focus for Colombian, Caribbean, South American and international discussion and collaboration between emergency clinicians from around the world.

Register Now for one of the most anticipated educational events of 2020!!

Another awesome Adult EM and Critical Care track for #DevEM2020

Brian Wright and his team bring this years’ conference home with another outstanding critical care track.

Brian has been running this track since 2014 and the only complaint we have ever had is that these sessions have TOO much information.

By providing evidence based strategies and practical pearls Brian’s track are yet another stand out reason to attend DevelopingEM 2020 Colombia.

Brian has once again collected an amazing group of experts including

Chidinma Nwakanma from U Penn

Stuart Swadron from EMRAP and LAC-USC

Jan Schoenberger from LAC-USC

David Wallace from the University of Pittsburgh

Lindsay Reardon from SBU

and Jon Kerr from Wyoming

Together this team will bring you the excellence and expertise for which Brian’s tracks are known.

Join us in Cartagena, Colombia for DevelopingEM 2020 for another quality Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Track!!!

Accommodation Options in Cartagena

Accommodation in Cartagena is varied and plentiful

There are literally hundreds of room types and budgetary options available

There are 3 main accommodation areas within the city;

  • Cielo Mar- near the airport
  • The Old Town (El Centro / San Diego)- the historic walled city
  • Getsemani- the historic (now hipster) area just outside the walled old city
  • Bocagrande- the Miami like new area of high rise apartments and 5 star hotels

In searching for a conference venue hotel we have personally reviewed multiple hotels and can recommend the following options in the following areas

  • Cielo Mar

The Las Americas Hotel is a gigantic kid friendly hotel near the airport with the best

beach in the city. The newly built complex on the city side of the hotel is spectacular.

  • Old Town

The Sofitel Santa Clara is a beautiful low rise hotel built within a 500 year old

nunnery. It has several amazing bars and restaurants.

  • Bocagrande

There are many 5 star hotels in this area including the Hyatt, the Estelar and the

Intercontinental. We have checked them all out and they are all brand new and

beautiful as expected for these chain hotels.

The Hilton is the oldest of the Bocagrande hotels and its not quite as flash as the

newer versions but it is quite secluded and quiet.

There are of course other hotels we havent personally reviewed that have great reputations across the city.

We have tended to stay in BnBs during our planning trips and there are options across all areas of the city at all budgetary levels, from homestays to luxury villas. We would recommend the Old Town and Getsemani for these options although there are flash apartments available through online sites in the Bocagrande area.

During our last visit we met Ray from Two Travel which is a local Colombian company specialising in tailor made itineraries, accommodation, tours and everything in between.

Whether you’re looking for a fully immersive cultural experience or a laid back and luxurious one, Two Travel have you covered.

Their Travel Experts and Dedicated Concierge Teams can help you build your journey, the way you want it.

Two Travel can arrange:

Accomodation in the Old Town

Including; budget accommodation, BnB’s,  apartments, hotels and luxury villas.
Private Transport

Including cars, vans and buses for 4, 8 and 30 people.

Cartagena and Colombia Tours


Historic Old City Tour
Graffiti in Getsemani Tour
Rum Tasting Tour
Recreational and Souvenir Shopping Tour
Street Food Tour
Art Gallery Tour

Two Travel can also customise a tour to suit your taste!

Professional massage

On-site private massages with a wide range of treatment options. All masseuses are professionally trained.

Personal management

From hangover cures to detox and aesthetics, we have a team of Doctors and nurses ready to administer a treatment at your villa.

Private Dining

Fancy something special: consider organising a private dining experience.

Get in touch with Ray and Ana from Two Travel and start to “Build Your Journey”

DevelopingEM 2020- We Are Accredited!!!

The DevelopingEM plenary program, from March 9-11, 2020, is accredited for CME/CPD through the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM).

For each hour of conference and workshop education ACEM allocates 1 CME/CPD point for a total this year of 27 hours of continuing professional development.

For the first time since 2013 DevelopingEM also has North American accreditation facilitated by our partners at Stony Brook University Hospital an approved ACCME provider.

Thanks to the efforts of SBU the conference is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

DevelopingEM is also endorsed by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

British and European colleges do not directly accredit conferences organised outside of these regions. Despite this RCEM and EUSEM allow individual delegates to apply for CME/CPD for internationally endorsed conferences.

So this year for our North American, British and European colleagues attending DevelopingEM 2020 Colombia there is the capacity to utilise the conference for your CME/CPD.

DevelopingEM will be providing conference certificates displaying the accreditation achieved during your attendance and we are happy to provide further information if required by your college.

Come to DevelopingEM 2020 Colombia – We are accredited!

Video Testimonials from our friends at SBU

The team at Stonybrook Medicine in Long Island, New York have been collaborating with us for several years now and we are enormously grateful for their support.

This year the Adult EM and Critical Care track will be hosted by Brian Wright from SBU and in fact Brian has organised this track for us in Brazil, Cuba, Sri Lanka and Fiji and it is always of the highest quality.

Rolando Valenzuela, the Fellowship Director for the Stony Brook Division of International Emergency Medicine, has been critical to us being able to organise the Colombian event. He has joined us on site during the planning trips and has been influential in sourcing this years’ regional delegates.

Rolando and his team, particularly Priscilla Cruz Menoyo (current International IEM Fellow)

and Justin Larsson (current EM Trainee)

under the guidance of Peter Viccellio (Head of Department)

and Billy Mallon (Chief of the Division of IEM)

have also been helping us promote the conference to a North American audience at this years’ ACEP conference and progressing slowly and steadily to an SBU sponsored North American accreditation for the conference (more on this soon).

We feel very privileged to have the support and friendship of an amazing group of emergency medicine, critical care and IEM experts from Stonybrook and are thankful for their help and the following testimonials.

Thanks one and all and see you in CARTAGENA!!