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Emergency Medicine Resident Rotations Abroad: Current Status and Next Steps


Introduction: International rotations for residents are increasingly popular, but there is a dearth of evidence to demonstrate that these rotations are safe and that residents have appropriate training and support to conduct them.

Methods: A survey was sent to all U.S. emergency medicine (EM) residencies  with publicly available e-mail addresses. The survey documents and examines the training and support that emergency medicine residents are offered for international rotations and the frequency of adverse safety events.

Results: 72.5% of program director responded that their residents are participating in rotations abroad. However, only 15.4% of programs reported offering training specific to working abroad. The results point to an increased need for specific training and insurance coverage.

Conclusion: Oversight of international rotations should be improved to guarantee safety and education benefit.

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