Chiedozi Oriji Kevin Osuoji , MBChB

Class of 2017


Nationality: Nigerian

Region: South East, Imo State, Nigeria

Medical School: Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki Ebonyi State, Nigeria

Why EM as specialty?  I chose EM as a specialty because of my passion to acquire the knowledge and skill to save lives in those critical golden hours. I realized that no other medical experience can better prepare me to manage emergencies than having thorough training in real time with real people that have real medical issues.

How can EM help Nigeria?  Nigeria has a long way to go in emergency preparedness and management of medical emergencies. This is mainly because it is  a largely populated country with no functional EMS services. Importantly, it has only one level 1 trauma center out of about 50 specialist hospitals. EM training will enhance emergency preparedness to tackle the fallouts arising from mass casualties and epidemics as was seen in the 2014 Ebola crisis and the incessant Boko Haram will also remarkably improve emergency care for patients and unimaginably improve survival of patients who come to the ED. Eventually, I believe EM will spearhead a major transformation in health care delivery in Nigeria through research and development of functional EMS.

What are your research areas of interest?  Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BLS/ACLS), Improving emergency care in the ED, and Developing new and improving older management protocols in the ED