Decolonizing Global EM Working Group

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CoChairs: Nikkole Turgeon and Catalina González Marqués

Decolonizing Global Emergency Medicine

The GEMA Decolonizing Global Emergency Medicine Working Group was formed in 2020 and aims to improve the recognition and understanding of pervasive inequities and colonial legacies within GEM, and create impactful and sustainable changes at the individual, institutional, domestic and international level towards the decolonization of the Global Emergency Medicine field through disruption of inequities and counter-productive power dynamics.

Since its formation, the group has grown to more than 100 members representing five continents and is an inclusive space for all those interested in improving equity in the global health and emergency medicine fields. We welcome members working in emergency medicine in any country, of any level or role (students, residents, fellows, faculty, physicians, nurses, medical officers, etc.) from academic and non-academic institutions to get involved.

The working group meets monthly on Zoom to work on a wide range of ongoing projects. If you would like to join the Decolonizing Global Emergency Medicine Working Group, have questions, or would like to share news/events of interest to the group, email Nikkole Turgeon.

Resources and Educational Materials by Our Working Group

  • A Toolkit for Decolonizing Global Emergency Medicine Education. InFrontiers in Education (Vol. 8, p. 1214904). Frontiers.
  • Authorship representation in global emergency medicine: a bibliometric analysis from 2016 to 2020. BMJ Global Health. 2022 Jun 1;7(6):e009538.
  • Rethinking Global Health: Actions for a Decolonized Future of Global Emergency Medicine. SAEM Pulse July-August 2021.


SAEM Annual Meeting Didactics:
  • SAEM21: Recognizing Our past: Building an Anti-Colonial Agenda for Global Emergency Medicine 


  • SAEM22: Creating an Action List to Decolonize Global Emergency Medicine Education


Video : Perspectives on Decolonizing Global Emergency Medicine
  • Decolonizing Global Health for The Next Generation: Perspectives of Trainees from Around the World (GEMA)
  • Hear about what decolonizing global health means to trainees from around the globe and how they envision the path forward.
  • Producers:
    • Nikkole Turgeon, MD, Boston Medical Center 
    • Oluwarotimi Vaughan-Ogunlusi, MB, BCh, BAO, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
    • Fahad Ali, MD, Brown University 


Reading List and External Resources:

  • CUGH 2022 Satellite: A Decolonized Lens through a Novel Anti-Racism Curriculum for Global Health