About GHEM

At GHEM (Global Health Emergency Medicine), we are dedicated to improving access to emergency health care in low-resource settings. We develop and implement education and research initiatives, which are informed by clinical practice. Our activities translate into academic outputs and aim to inform health policy development, benefitting those in Canada and abroad.

The GHEM Model

Clinical Practice

Our GHEM team are experts in their field. We practice in a range of settings including large urban teaching hospitals and trauma centres, as well as rural health centres in war-torn and epidemic-ravaged communities. Our patient experiences have shaped our skills as physicians, teachers and researchers.

Education & Research

Based at the University of Toronto, we embrace our role as both teachers and learners in all aspects of our work. GHEM projects include innovative approaches to education and locally-driven operational research, which improves the health care workforce and system. Project teams are multi-disciplinary, international and collaborative


GHEM activities are funnelled into academic outputs that benefit local and international partners. By providing Toronto-based clinicians with international opportunities and presenting our work at conferences and meetings, we are helping to build a new generation of EM practitioners working to improve global health. We are also creating open-access resources that connects our international partners to high quality and relevant information, enabling them to become expert practitioners and advocates in the field of emergency medicine.

Our Team

GHEM Executive Committee


Jennifer Hulme

Health Equity Committee Co-Chair

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Megan Landes

GHEM Director & TAAAC-EM Co-Director


James Maskalyk

TAAAC-EM Co-Director


Lisa Puchalski Ritchie

GHEM & TAAAC-EM Research Director

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Edward Xie


GHEM Staff


Elayna Fremes

Program Manager


Alexandra McKnight

Program Coordinator