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Advice for eLearning programs in Medical Education: Determine the problem first, then find technology

Just read a very interesting post on the World Bank EduTech blog on using technology to gather data in Uganda’s education sector. Below is an excerpt which I think is such an important issue and relates to the use of technology in … Continue reading

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6 Trends in Medical Education in Africa

The Medical Education Partnership Initiative, a multi-million dollar US government initiative, recently held the Annual MEPI Symposium in Kampala Uganda. In it’s third year of a 5-year grant, the MEPI community has clearly lit up with innovations and progress abound. … Continue reading

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Partnerships in Medical Education – an African Context

As I look across the medical schools involved in the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, it’s interesting to note the different types of ‘partnerships’ that have been stimulated by this investment. As the landscape of medical education evolves to meet the … Continue reading

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Why is it exciting to hear of virtual doctors in Zambia?

I just read about a new service – a virtual doctor service for patients in remote areas of Zambia. Given that Zambia has one of the worst doctor:patient ratios in the world, this is potentially game-changing. This tele-medicine service will … Continue reading

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Strengthening the Physician Workforce in Africa

Given the striking paucity of physicians in Africa, investing in medical education is becoming a necessary component of health system strengthening efforts. In the United States we have approximately 1 doctor for 390 people. In parts of Tanzania, there is 1 doctor … Continue reading

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Is Community-based medical education a worthwhile investment in Africa?

As medical schools in Africa expand there are a number of reasons why community-based education (CBE) is a common strategy. First let me define that community-based education is training that occurs ‘in the community’, not just training that’s ‘about’ the … Continue reading

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New Global Health Course for Internal Medicine Residents

After many months of preparation, this week I launched the first Global Health Course for Internal Medicine Residents at GWU. This course has three objectives To prepare residents who will likely go on short-term medical missions abroad either during or … Continue reading

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