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Emergency Medicine was established as a specialist discipline in South Africa and registered as a
division of the College of Medicine of South Africa in 2004. After almost two decades the discipline has
evolved greatly with many universities and societies seeking ways to develop this crucial area of healthcare.
Great strides have indeed been made and many new graduates (emergency medicine physicians)
are now entering the public and private healthcare markets.
Even those doctors from other specialties are more aware of the role of emergency medicine in their own practice.

However, many other African countries do not have an emergency medicine training program and
support structures for emergency medical training in other specialties are poorly developed.

Emergency Medicine as a discipline however is much more than just the creation of a specialist discipline in medicine.
It involves the entire spectrum of doctors, nurses, administrators, pre-hospital staff, rescue,
fire, health and safety, event management and disaster medicine personnel all operating in/around the public space.

Emergency medicine is the interface between medical professionals,
the medical industry and the public more so than in any other field of healthcare.
At some time in our lives everyone is going to need emergency medicine of some sort or another.

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

International SOS makes it easier for organisations to work and grow on an international scale.
 They can help you achieve your goals by preparing your employees for travel and supporting
them whilst they are in unfamiliar and remote locations.
They help to keep them healthy and safe, so you can focus on your core business activities.

First Care Solutions was borne out of the administration division of ER Consulting Inc. in 2009.
With the necessary experience gained in the management of the ER Consulting Inc. business,
FCS is now an administration company whose independence would lead to growth beyond ER Consulting Inc.
The services offered by FCS encompass all aspects of medical administration including finance,
marketing, human resources, and information technology. Now administering 22 practices across South Africa,
FCS is growing rapidly in the sector. Our attention to detail and commitment to
service excellence ensure that our clients receive consistent high-quality service.

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 twenty-two private hospitals,
treating in excess of thirty thousand patients every month. With a full-time doctor compliment of
seventy-five and a part time accredited locum pool of over two hundred doctors, ER Consulting Inc.
is the largest provider of consultative emergency medical services in the private sector on the African continent.

Our Board of Directors

Mr Michael Kirk


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.

Ms Susan Sherriff


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.

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.

The Team

Kaleb Lachenicht

Postgraduate Emergency Medicine Education, Training Manager

Kaleb joined the AIEM team in 2017 as an instructor in emergency care, with 12 years of experience in the prehospital emergency medicine field, including 4 years of teaching experience in the Emergency Medicine Services. Kaleb is an Advanced Life Support Paramedic (ECP), and is currently perusing a Masters Degree in Health Science Education through the University of the Witwatersrand. Kaleb 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.

Genevieve Barac


Jeanett Leboko


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