About aiem

The Africa Institute of Emergency Medicine (AIEM) was created to fulfil a need in the emergency healthcare sector to provide emergency medicine products and services to the industry. This niche was identified as a result of multiple requests from clients across the African continent to provide a wide array of clinical, academic and training services as well a variety of products pertaining to emergency medicine projects. With the evolution of emergency medicine as a specialty in South Africa (started in 2004), and gradually through other countries on the continent, more and more clients needed these products and services.

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AIEM (Pty) Ltd has therefore, supported by First Care Solutions (Pty) Ltd and its partner medical companies (ER Consulting Inc, ER Specialist Governance Inc and SH Inc), developed the following products and services that can be deployed locally or across the continent in both the private and public sectors.
1. Medical Training
2. Event Medical Management
3. Medical Clinics
4. Medical Consulting Services (in conjunction with our partners)
5. Emergency Medicine Academia
The Africa Institute of Emergency Medicine is tasked with establishing a consolidated forum for dialogue and exchange on all aspects of emergency medicine across the continent.

Partners and Affiliates

First Care Solutions was borne out of the administration division of ER Consulting Inc. in 2009 and is the holding company of AIEM (Pty) Ltd.
The services offered by FCS encompass all aspects of medical administration including finance, marketing, human resources, and information technology. Now administering emergency practices across South Africa, First Care Solutions operates a medical call centre called the ER Support Zone providing a range of telehealth and support services to the emergency medicine industry.

ER Consulting Inc is an emergency unit management company with its head office located in Johannesburg, South Africa.
ER Consulting Inc. manages emergency units nationally in numerous private hospitals, treating in excess of 40,000  patients every month. With a clinical team in excess of 400 doctors, specialists, nurses and clinical associates, ER Consulting Inc. is the largest provider of consultative emergency medical services in the private sector on the African continent.

Our Board of Directors

Dr Steven Holt


Founder and majority shareholder of the ER Group of companies, Dr Steven Holt, brings a deep knowledge of the emergency medicine industry to AIEM (Pty) Ltd. He is a registered emergency medicine physician with 20 years’ experience in the emergency medicine sector, incorporating emergency departments and their management, Urgent Care, aviation medicine, telemedicine, training and wilderness medicine. Steve has a passion for developing entrepreneurial businesses in the healthcare space.

Ms Susan Sherriff

Marketing and Communication

Susan has been the Marketing Director at First Care Solutions (Pty) Ltd, with the responsibility of marketing, brand management and new product development for First Care Solutions (Pty) Ltd, AIEM (Pty) Ltd and ER Consulting Inc for the last 10 years. Prior to joining the ER Group of companies, she worked in marketing and events for SAP Africa (Pty)Ltd for more than three years where she coordinated and managed exhibitions, staff, client and partner events. Susan has twelve years’ experience in the South African private health sector and is a shareholder in First Care Solutions (Pty) Ltd.

Mr Michael Kirk

Finance and Administration

In 2007 Michael joined ER Consulting Inc in a consulting capacity. A few months later he took on a full-time management position and has since developed the financial and administration divisions of both First Care Solutions (Pty) Ltd and ER Consulting Inc. In 2009 Michael became a shareholder and director in First Care Solutions (Pty) Ltd. Michael now heads up the Corporate Management Service departments of First Care Solutions (Pty) Ltd as an Executive Director and is a non-executive director for AIEM (Pty) Ltd. His golf scholarship to the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and his experience as a professional golfer has ensured his commitment to perfecting every aspect of his work.

Dr Peter Anderson


Dr Peter Anderson is a registered Emergency Physician. He is a senior lecturer in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. Born 1973. Primary Degree: MBBCh University of the Witwatersrand (1996), Internship: Grey’s Hospital (1997) Additional Qualifications: Emergency Physician (HPCSA), MSc Med (Emergency Medicine), DIPPEC (SA), ATLS Instructor, Emergency Ultrasound Instructor, AIME Instructor, ACLS, APLS, BLS, AHCP

Dr Izak Maree

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Clinical Operations

Dr Izak Maree joined ER Consulting Inc in 2006, becoming a director in 2007. He has completed his MBA at the University of the Witwatersrand Business School.Born 1969. Primary Degree: MBChB University of Pretoria (1993). Internship: Middelburg Provincial Hospital (1994). Additional Qualifications: MBA(Wits), ATLS, ACLS, APLS, BLS, Additional Activities: Fixed Wing Flights — 8, Event Doctor, International Medical Logistics

Instructors Team

Kaleb Lachenicht

Kaleb Lachenicht

Training Manager

Kaleb joined the AIEM team in 2017 as an instructor in emergency care, with 14 years of experience in the prehospital emergency medicine field, including nine years of teaching experience in the Emergency Medicine Services. Kaleb is an Advanced Life Support Paramedic (ECP) and has obtained his Master’s Degree in Health Science Education through the University of the Witwatersrand. He has a passion for education in the healthcare field and is particularly excited about innovation in the field of teaching emergency medicine, and the #FOAMEd movement. 

Andrew Sheahan

Andrew Sheahan

Natasha Bickerton

Natasha Bickerton

Instructor and Events Coordinator

Natasha joined the AIEM team in 2020 as an instructor and event coordinator. Natasha is an Advanced Life Support Paramedic (CCA) with 15 years of experience in the prehospital emergency medicine field. She recently obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Care from the University of Cape Town and is in the process of pursuing her Master’s Degree. Medical education is one of Natasha’s passions as well as emergency medicine and public training such as first aid. She is dedicated to empowering people from all areas of life with a particular interest in developing the Scholar First Aid programme. With a strong belief in sharing knowledge and continuing education, she wants to promote the AIEM brand and make education accessible to all.

Keran van der Merwe

Keran van der Merwe


Other Team Members

Jeanett Lobeko

Dr Roslyn Whittaker

Dr Roslyn Whittaker

Chief Clinical Officer

Ros joined the ER Consulting Inc team in 2011 with six years of private emergency medicine experience. She holds a Dip PEC and instructor status on multiple short emergency medicine courses. Ros is currently involved in special project management for ER Consulting Inc and oversees the Mediclinic and Lenmed emergency departments within the ER Consulting stable. She splits her clinical time between ICU and AIEM and assists with course development along with the AIEM team members. Ros has a keen interest in critical care and improving private emergency medical care.

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