Hong Kong Med J 2000;6:269-75 | Number 3, September 2000
Emergency medicine--the specialty
TH Rainer
Accident and Emergency Medicine Academic Unit, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong
The perception of emergency medicine as a defined specialty may vary widely in different locations around the world. While no single emergency medical system can fulfil the needs of all countries, there are three main models of delivery: the European model, the Anglo-American model, and the neglect model. This article reviews aspects of emergency medical systems around the world and compares the European and Anglo-American models of emergency care. The current state of emergency medicine in Hong Kong is also presented, including challenges facing the specialty as we enter the 21st century.
Key words: Curriculum; Educational measurement; Emergency medical services; Emergency medicine; Models, organizational; Specialties, medical
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