Emergency Medical Training and Disaster Management in Developing Countries

In this presentation, Dr. Bernard M. Jaffe, M.D., draws on his long history of travel to developing countries to discuss emergency and trauma care systems around the world. He describes the many obstacles to acute care in these countries; including the lack of doctors, acute care training, medically-trained ambulance drivers, government regulation, and funding. He describes the heavy burden of natural disasters in these countries that already lack the infrastructure and emergency systems needed to address such situations.

CME Information

CME Credit Available

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Needs Statement

General, plastic, thoracic, vascular, cardiothoracic, and abdominal surgery, and surgical oncology physicians, residents, fellows and medical students need to be regularly updated on advances in surgical care and clinical practices that will aid them in performing a variety of surgical procedures to increase the patient care experience and improve practice efficiency.


At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss the challenges in providing surgical and trauma care in developing countries.
  • Examine the importance of having a local comprehensive disaster preparedness plan in place.
  • Discuss the need for first responder education in developing countries and how surgery residents from the United States can participate in first responder education.

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Medical Students
  • Fellows
  • Residents

Accreditation/Credit Designation

Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Program Director

S. Rob Todd, M.D.
Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Term of Approval

January 1, 2020 through January 31, 2022. Original release date: January 1, 2020.

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  1. Bernard M. Jaffe, M.D.

    Bernard M. Jaffe, M.D.

    Professor Emeritus
    Tulane University School of Medicine


    Nothing to disclose.

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  1. Bernard M. Jaffe, M.D.

    Bernard M. Jaffe, M.D.

    Professor Emeritus Tulane University School of Medicine