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

The Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM) is an educational partnership between the University of Toronto (U of T) and Addis Ababa University (AAU). Established in 2010, it’s intention is to foster the development of Ethiopia's first Emergency Medicine (EM) Residency Program, and support the growth of the specialty. This commitment has led to the graduation of Ethiopia's first cohorts of emergency physicians, beginning in October 2013, and the development of additional residency training programs at institutions across Ethiopia. The 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 grow emergency medicine expertise throughout the country and East Africa.

TAAAC-EM sends visiting faculty and residents from U of T to teach and clinically mentor Ethiopian EM residents 3 times per year.* Teaching trips cover a longitudinal, three-year curriculum through didactic teaching sessions, practical seminars, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), simulation, and bedside clinical supervision. Each trip consists of three UofT Faculty and one senior postgraduate resident.

TAAAC-EM also supports Ethiopian EM physicians through curriculum design and development, operational research and support, and continuing professional development and leadership initiatives.

We are currently recruiting for two executive positions. Full details of these positions can be found below.

For more information about TAAAC-EM, contact: Hannah Girdler, Program Manager (

For more information about the TAAAC partnership visit: the TAAAC website.

Get Involved


Interested in getting involved with TAAAC-EM?

Faculty: We recruit University of Toronto Emergency Medicine faculty members for TAAAC-EM Teaching Trips on a rolling basis. We are currently recruiting faculty for the May 2025 and November 2025 Teaching Trips. Contact Hannah Girdler ( to learn more. 

Residents: Applications to participate in a TAAAC-EM elective during the 2025/2026 academic year will open in early 2025. Check back here for more information. Please note the TAAAC-EM elective is only available for University of Toronto senior emergency medicine residents and CCRP-EM residents at this time.

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