The Canada International Scientific Exchange Program (CISEPO) In partnership with: The Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children, The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, The Dalla Lana School of Public Health at The University of Toronto, The Department of Emergency Medicine at McMaster University, and Mount Sinai Hospital Invite applicants to the:


2020 International Pediatric Emergency Medicine Elective (IPEME) 

 Monday July 13th, 2020 to Friday August 7th, 2020 

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.




  1. Understand some of the individual, organizational and global contexts of common pediatric emergency health issues;
  2. Consider barriers to health and the ways in which cross-border cooperation might serve as a means to address them;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of common pediatric emergency medicine presentations – their pathophysiology, symptomatology, general approach and management considerations;
  4. Apply the CANMEDS competencies to Global Health Issues and Case Studies


  1. Engage in respectful dialogue and meaningful cooperation with colleagues from different regions;
  2. Demonstrate academic cooperation, using health care as the vehicle, by developing a cross-border public health initiative to address local needs.


  1. Critically examine challenging scenarios commonly encountered in the practice of pediatric emergency medicine;
  2. Use effective interpersonal and communication skills to interact positively with patients and colleagues.

IPEME is a fully recognized non-clinical undergraduate medical elective at the University of Toronto




Learning Format


  • Mandatory Pre-course assignment
  • Small group teaching sessions and discussion forums
  • Hands-on clinical skills workshops
  • Clinical or Observer shifts in Sick Kids Hospital Pediatric emergency department.
  • 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 public health project
  • Groups will present their project proposals at the end of the course and have the opportunity for it to be selected by the IPEME program team for CISEPO to support and help implement.
  • Team Building Exercises and group excursions.

We provide an umbrella and a sense of ethics and values so that we can actually demonstrate how you can influence things for good.”

Dr. Arnold M. Noyek





● Sessions occur daily from Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM

● The program starts on Monday July 13th and ends on Friday August 7th 2020

● There will be several 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 are not high as this elective does not have a substantial clinical component.


 Please note: The academic schedules of students from all relevant regions are reviewed. Best efforts to accommodate all students’ schedule requirements are made in the program scheduling.




We require attendance and active participation in ALL aspects of the course.


Evaluations are 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.


Applications for the 2020 Summer Program are OPEN! Please apply through the online application and read the directions below carefully. Welcome to IPEME 2020!

This 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 2020. 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 2020 is required on the Portal Application Form. 

Upon acceptance into the program, participants should present a letter from their school registrar stating that they are in good standing, are in their final 2 years of medical studies, and that they are expected to graduate in 2022 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.


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

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

  • Visa application fee*
  • Accommodation at Student Residences for the length of the program with breakfast and dinner included;
  • Basic health insurance from arrival date to departure date;
  • All course materials and course-related local travel.

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


Upon acceptance, students will have an opportunity to apply for travel scholarships to cover part or all of their travel costs and visa-related expenses (i.e. economy class round trip airfare to Toronto). Scholarships are made available to ensure that financial limitations do not prohibit any of our carefully selected candidates from participating. Upon receiving the IPEME Acceptance Letter, students may submit a request for scholarship consideration.

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:


1. Completed application form


Please complete the Online Application (OPEN OCTOBER 2019) and send in additional documents to


Please also devote an appropriate amount of time and effort to answering the questions on the online application Form and provide specific examples whenever possible. This application gives you the opportunity to tell us your story.


2. Additional Documents


a. Curriculum Vitae


Please send CV to with the subject line “STUDENT NAME CV” 


b. Letters of Reference ( 2 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 with the 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 Friday, February 7th, 2020 at 23:59 EST.




Notification of Acceptance:  


Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance on or before February 28th, 2020.


Thank you for your interest in the 2020 International Pediatric Emergency Medicine Elective.


If you have questions about the application or the program in general, please do not hesitate to contact the IPEME team at 


Success Stories

 Hear what our past students are saying about the IPEME elective.

“This was one the most amazing and joyful experiences of my life. It was a combination of medical learning, conflict debate, friendship creation intellectual stimulation, cultural diversity and just pure fun. I wish I could do it over again” Daniel, IPEME Alumni 2008

“The IPEME elective has lead me to spend time in the Middle East both as a visitor and professionally. During my emergency medicine residency, I had the opportunity to teach in Gaza. Following that experience, I completed a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Health in Crisis and Humanitarian Assistance. I am now working as an ED doc in downtown Toronto, and am looking forward to another mission in the Middle East with Medicins Sans Frontieres.”

Kate, IPEME Alumni 2008

“It was a great experience that had a positive impact on broadening my horizons regarding my future career choices, I gained many clinical skills and knowledge that were of great benefit in my senior year. Global health seminars made us aware of many problems we may have not encountered in our home countries but now we acknowledge them and we want to help in solving them.”

Tala, IPEME Alumni 2017

“In simple words, IPEME was a life-changing experience for me, it affected my whole life in all aspects. After IPEME I started to think with more open mind, more passionate and more ambitious. It was literary an adventure of a life time, I became more confident, more dedicated and more committed to do my best in my career, my community and global interests. I will always be an IPEME ambassador and spread IPEME’s message throughout the world.”

Nader, IPEME Alumni 2016

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