Get a mentor, preferably someone with international research experience.
Most research projects succeed or fail in the methods.
The Academy of Emergency Ultrasound (AEUS) in the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) will provide research design mentorship.
Contact the SAEM AEUS President or Research Chair (
Home and site IRB approval:
Have early, frequent contact with your institutional IRB during the research design phase, and through the approval process.
Beware the catch 22... some institutional IRBs will not approve a project until the site IRB has approved it. However the site IRB won't approve the project until the home institution approves it. Again, early contact with your home institution IRB is essential.
Some IRBs require a fee to sit before the board. You many need to figure this into your budget.
Start at the Ministry of Health for the study site. Try to obtain a sample IRB. Determine how often the site IRB convenes. Get on their schedule as early in the process as possible as this is often the rate-limiting step to any research process.
Ethics of international research:
Benatar S.R., Singer P.A., A new look at international research ethics. BMJ. Sept 30, 2000; 321(7264): 824-826.
Bhutta ZA. Ethics in international health research: a perspective from the developing world. (CMH Working Paper Series, Paper No. WG2: 4. Available at: URL:
Networking and site specific connections:
. Contact individuals who are currently doing work/research in your location of interest.
Conducting research in the international setting:
Data collection forms
Critical Ultrasound Journal (official journal of WINFOCUS)
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