United States physician assistance in development of emergency medicine in Hangzhou, China

Ann Emerg Med. 1998 Jul;32(1):86-92. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(98)70103-9.


Emergency medicine is growing rapidly as a specialty and is beginning to be recognized as an essential component of medicine in China. Traditional Chinese medicine and modern technology exist together. A description of the US authors' experience as consultants at a new emergency department and in establishing an emergency medicine residency program in Hangzhou, China is provided. A total of 7 months were spent in the observation, identification, and development of a basic framework of emergency care at a new hospital. The practice of emergency medicine in China was researched by direct observation at several Chinese cities and by literature review. China is taking the parts of the Western system it can use and implementing its own methods in the overall practice of emergency medicine.

MeSH terms

  • China
  • Emergency Medical Services / organization & administration*
  • Emergency Medicine / education*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • International Educational Exchange
  • Triage
  • United States