Emergency Medicine Global Learning Exchange

Looking up at Doctors in a hospital room from the patient's perspective

Who We Are

Emergency Medicine Global Learning Exchange (EMGLEX) is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to support international educational exchange programming for Emergency Medicine residents and educators. It was founded with hard work and partnership built between colleagues in the United States and Italy, with hopes to welcome many other countries to collaborate with us as we move forward.

Our Mission

To expand awareness of Emergency Medicine and its value as a specialty, to provide the tools to enrich the education of future Emergency Physicians and to improve Emergency Medical training around the world. To create a world where regardless of location, demographic, or ability to pay, all patients who present to any Emergency Department can be treated by a well-trained, compassionate, competent Emergency Physician, and walk out of the hospital to tell the tale.

Our Story

Inspired by her participation in multiple international exchanges, and an enduring love for all things Italian, EMGLEX founder and director Dr. Alexandra Asrow created our Flagship Exchange Program with the understanding that some things are learned best by immersive personal experience. Emergency Medicine is full of hard science and knowledge, but also nuances, complexities, and subtleties that fit this description like no other. EMGLEX was founded to financially support residents from countries who are just beginning their journeys towards building Emergency Medicine as a specialty to participate in our Flagship Exchange Program. Utilizing the past 50 years of experience as a specialty in the US as guidance, through this program, our mission, as stated above, is to expand awareness, provide tools, improve education, and help create a robust future generation of Emergency Physicians.

Our Flagship Program

Through a formal one-month program, residents are exposed to all aspects of emergency medical care at a variety of hospitals throughout the Chicagoland area. The multi-site experience allows the residents to observe different environments, patients, and processes. They are then able to integrate practices tailored to their hospitals and healthcare systems when they return. They are also learning about educational methodology, organization, and didactics which can be applied to develop and enhance their home residency programs.

Furthermore, the exchange of knowledge is not one-sided. American Emergency Medicine Attending Physicians and residents are also learning from the participants about the state of international Emergency Medicine, and ways to improve care processes. American physicians also regularly make trips to provide formal Emergency Medicine programming as guest educators in the home countries of participating residents, a resource which is often lacking as the specialty is in the early stages of development, and there are few Emergency Medicine residency trained physicians to provide such tailored, focused education.

Our Vision

To influence change from within at the residency and young physician level to develop Emergency Medicine as a formal specialty with consistent standardized training and core competencies throughout the country of participation. This program hopes to expand to countries throughout Europe that have developed healthcare systems, but do not recognize Emergency medicine as a specialty, or have done so in recent years and are in early stages of development.

Mailing address: 887 Sonoma Ave, #23, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Please consider making a donation to Emergency Medicine Global Learning Exchange! You can donate online or make checks payable to ISI with “EMGLEX” included in the memo. 

​Mailing Address:
887 Sonoma Ave, #23
Santa Rosa, CA 95404


Posted on

July 8, 2021