2024 SAEMF Education Project Grant - $20,000

"Evaluation of the Emergency Medicine Training Program at Aga Khan University Hospital"

The goal of this research project is to strengthen the emergency medicine health care system in Kenya and other low- and middle-income countries through education and training capacity-building. Little is known about the effectiveness of alternative non-residency emergency medicine training programs. In 2018, Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi launched an 18-month competency-based Emergency Medicine Training Program in order to address the gap in emergency medicine training in Kenya. We plan to evaluate the program to determine whether it achieved its goals and objectives, and identify key factors that contributed to its successful implementation. A comprehensive evaluation of this training program will help determine whether this program can be used as a model for non-residency emergency medicine training to address the critical need for improvement in emergency care globally.


  • Emily Chien, MD, MPH, MBA

    Weill Cornell Medicine

    "Evaluation of the Emergency Medicine Training Program at Aga Khan University Hospital"

    Dr. Chien is a global emergency medicine research fellow at Weill Cornell Medicine/Aga Khan University. She completed her medical training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and her residency in emergency medicine at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University/Kings County Hospital. She holds a master's of public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a master's of business administration from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Dr. Chien is currently completing her certificate in implementation science with the University of California, San Francisco. Her research focus is on the advancement of global emergency medicine education and capacity building through technology innovation. She is currently leading a program evaluation of the emergency medicine training program at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.