Recent trends in global mortality and morbidity reflect the evolving, diverse and densely populated urbanization of all societies. There is now almost universal recognition of the need for Emergency Medicine to provide the medical care services for acute illnesses and injuries in working toward meeting the Millennium Development goals. We also recognize the expanding challenge and burden of chronic illnesses as a cause of morbidity and mortality.
Among the acute illnesses, old and emerging infectious diseases still represent a large share of emergency medicine’s patient encounters, especially in developing countries. Our focus is mainly on training physicians to develop the clinical skills and knowledge base necessary to address the global impact of infectious diseases – HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, as well as other common and emerging infectious diseases – in children and adults in and from developing countries and international travelers seeking pre/post travel medical care.