Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration – Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM)

Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration – Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM)

The Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM) is an effort that involves the University of Toronto (U of T) and Ethiopian partners at Addis Ababa University (AAU). Established in 2010, it’s intention is to foster the development of the country’s first Emergency Medicine (EM) Residency Program, and support the growth of the specialty. This commitment has led to the graduation of the country’s first cohorts of emergency physicians beginning in October 2013.

TAAAC-EM sends visiting faculty to teach and clinically mentor Ethiopian EM residents 3-4 times a year. Teaching trips cover a longitudinal, three-year curriculum through didactic teaching sessions, practical seminars, and bedside clinical supervision. Each trip consists of three UofT Faculty and one senior postgraduate resident.

TAAAC-EM also supports our Ethiopian partners through curriculum design and development, operational research and support, and a variety of innovative educational initiatives including videoconferencing, online mentorship, and monitoring and evaluation.

With its first formal teaching trip in 2010, the 10-year goal of TAAAC-EM is to assist in the graduation of a self-sustaining critical mass of Emergency Medicine leaders at AAU who will continue to train future generations of Ethiopians, and spread emergency medicine expertise throughout the country and East Africa.

For more information about TAAAC-EM contact: Co-Directors Megan Landes and James Maskalyk click here.

For more information about the broader collaboration visit:



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February 14, 2015