Through a grant from AmeriCares Foundation, the program has created the International Center for Training in Trauma, Disaster and Emergency Medicine, Ahmadabad, India. The Center was created in 2006 and was made possible by teaching time volunteered by Emergency Department faculty and MSPH.
In Gujarat, a team of NYP faculty members conducted two sets of training; the first was on Emergency Medicine, Disaster Preparedness, and Emergency Ultrasound. This was the third two-week long training that was conducted in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The focus of the training was Disaster Preparedness. The course was organized into parallel tracks for EMTs, physicians, nurses and hospital administrators. The three groups came together with the local police and fire departments, and local NGOs for a tabletop disaster drill followed by an all day, coordinated disaster drill. Approximately 200 health care professionals participated in the trainings, including a visiting group of physicians from Sri Lanka. The training was the first one of its kind in India. To date, this training center has trained over 1000 health professionals in the state of Gujarat.
A few months later, another team of IEM fellows conducted an American Heart Association (AHA) training center site survey in Ahmedabad. The goal of the trip was to help the training center establish their independence as an International AHA center and to more widely gain acceptance of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) principles amongst the leadership in Ahmedabad's hospitals. To that end, specialists and faculty of various hospitals in Ahmedabad were trained in ACLS and BLS. The program was also successful in creating a new cadre of ACLS and BLS instructors. In addition, plans were undertaken to develop an emergency medicine residency for the state of Gujarat. Currently, only private emergency medicine training/certification programs exist in four major cities. The Ministry of Health in Gujarat has also asked NYP/EM to help the state of Gujarat develop the first public Emergency Medicine residency in India over the next few years.