2017 International Pediatric Emergency Medicine Elective (IPEME)

Canada International Scientific Exchange Program (CISEPO) In partnership with:
The Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children,

The Undergraduate Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto,

The Department of Emergency Medicine, McMaster University

and Mt Sinai Hospital

Invite applicants to the

2017 International Pediatric Emergency Medicine Elective (IPEME)

Monday, July 17 to Friday, August 11, 2017
Toronto, Ontario Canada



This is a four-week summer elective course in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Global Health and Leadership, for qualifying medical students. It brings together 12 Canadian, Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian medical students (three from each region) to enhance cross-border understanding, trust, and cooperation among future physician leaders.

IPEME Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, learners will be able to:

  1. Understand some of the individual, organizational and global contexts of common pediatric emergency health issues;
  2. Consider barriers to health within their respective communities, and how cross-border collaboration might serve as a means to address them;
  3. Engage  in  respectful  dialogue  and  meaningful  collaboration  with  colleagues  from different regions;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of common pediatric emergency medicine presentations - their pathophysiology, symptomatology, general approach and management considerations;
  5. Critically   examine    ethically    and   professionally   challenging    scenarios   commonly encountered in the practice of pediatric emergency medicine;
  6. Use effective interpersonal and communication skills to interact positively with patients and colleagues; demonstrate cross-border collaboration using health care as the vehicle as evidenced by the development of a cross-border initiative to be taken back to their

respective communities upon completion of the course.

Elective Format

This is a fully recognized non-clinical University of Toronto undergraduate medical elective.



Participants will be asked to carry out a needs assessment before coming to Canada. Further details will be made available to the participants upon acceptance.


General Timetable:


  • Sessions occur daily from Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.
  • The program starts on Monday July 17th and ends on Friday August 11th 2017
  • There will be some planned social events.
  • There are mandatory weekday evening and weekend pediatric emergency medicine shifts (approximately 3-4 shifts for each student in total). Please note the number of shifts as this elective does not have a high clinical component.


Please note:
The academic schedules of students from all relevant regions have been reviewed. Best efforts to accommodate all students’ schedule requirements have been made.

Learning Format:

  • Small group teaching sessions and discussion forums
  • Hands-on clinical skills workshops
  • Working shifts in pediatric emergency departments depending upon availability
  • Group projects (to be done during the course)
    • Time is set aside for students to work in assigned groups to identify, plan and develop a small-scale cross-border health project
    • Groups will present their project proposals at the end of the course



  • Attendance and active participation in ALL aspects of the course



  • Student evaluations will be based on:
    • Participation in classroom discussions and workshops;
    • Supervisor evaluations in clinical shifts; and
    • The development and presentation of a cross-border health project proposal.
  • Successful participants will receive a certificate of completion as well as a letter of recommendation outlining their accomplishments throughout the course.

Post course


We encourage ongoing interaction among participants, and strive to build a sustainable cross- border network of peaceful and professional dialogue and collaboration.  Every effort will be made to help implement and support those cross-border project proposals developed over the IPEME course.

Eligibility Criteria


The program is open to all Canadian, Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian medical students studying in their home countries and REGISTERED in their LAST TWO years of medical studies at time of application.

  • Eligible Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian students should be registered in their 5th or 6th year of medical studies as of July 2017. If entering an internship program, a Letter from the Dean or designate should be sent together with the Application Form.
  • Proof of completion of core rotations taken before July 17 2016 is required on the Portal Application Form.
  • Eligible Canadian students should be entering or already in their clerkship training.

Upon acceptance into the program, participants should present a letter from their school registrar stating that they are in good standing in their final 2 years of medical studies and that they are expected to graduate in 2019 or sooner.

Students will be selected based on:

  • Interest in cross-border cooperation, global health, and pediatric emergency medicine;
  • Demonstrated maturity, leadership skills and communication skills;
  • Academic ability and motivation;
  • Proficiency in English (read, written and spoken);
  • Adaptability and commitment to continued academic partnership;
  • Experience working in small group environments;

Program Costs and Finances


We are seeking the most exceptional students regardless of financial circumstances. Financial restrictions should not be an impediment to participation.

There is a $200.00 Canadian non-refundable registration fee to be paid upon acceptance to the program to secure one’s place. Wiring instructions will be provided to selected participants.

As part of the program, ALL selected participants will receive or claim for reimbursement:

  • Pre-approved Economy class Round trip airfare*
  • Visa application fee*
  • Pre-approved visa-related entry/exit fees when travelling to nearest Canadian Visa Application Centre*
  • 30-day accommodation with breakfast and dinner included;
  • A Cdn. $200 stipend to cover incidental expenses;
  • Basic health insurance from arrival date to departure date;
  • All course materials, course-related local travel and limited health insurance coverage during the program.

*Travel Scholarships

Upon acceptance, selected participants will have an opportunity to apply for travel scholarships to cover part or all of their travel costs and visa-related expenses. IPEME scholarship funding is limited. Scholarships are made available to ensure that financial limitations do not prohibit any of our carefully selected candidates from participating. The Application for Scholarship Form will be sent with the IPEME Acceptance Letter.


Accepted participants will be living in air-conditioned, separate rooms in a University of Toronto residence located in downtown Toronto in close proximity to teaching facilities, the Hospital for Sick Children and Mt Sinai Hospital.


  • Participants are expected to arrive in Toronto 1 or 2 days in advance of the program start day and stay for the entire duration of the program.
  • ALL incidental costs not indicated in the above specifications are to be covered by the participants


Application Process

The Application to IPEME is processed in 2 phases: the CISEPO-IPEME phase (included here) and the University of Toronto phase (portal system – details to be sent to selected participants after IPEME’s selection process is completed).

Required Documents:


Completed application form:  Download the application form here (140 KB pdf).

  • Completed applications should be saved and emailed to:

Subject line “Student Name application” (e.g. “Jane Doe application”)

Subject line “Student Name CV” (e.g.  “Jane Doe CV”)

  • Letters of Reference
    • Two (2) letters required
    • References should be from professionals who know you personally and can comment upon your suitability for the program based on the above listed criteria

    • At least one of these letters should be from an academic faculty member at your home institution
    • Letters should be submitted directly from the Referees to

Subject line:   “Student Name reference” (e.g. “Jane Doe reference”).  PLEASE NOTE:  The Referees/Verifiers should only use university email id’s. Personal email id’s will not be accepted by the portal online application system.

Completed program application form and supporting documents must be submitted no later than Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 23:59 EST.  LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.



Notification of Acceptance:

Please devote an appropriate amount of time and effort to answering the questions on the Online Application Form, providing specific examples whenever possible.

Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance on or before Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

Thank you for your interest in the 2017 International Paediatric Emergency Medicine Elective. This application gives you the opportunity to tell us your story.

If you have questions about the application or the program in general, please do not hesitate to contact the IPEME team at applications@ipeme-cisepo.com.



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