[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: CONTEXT: The maldistribution of physicians in sub-Saharan Africa is having serious impacts on population health. Understanding the effect requires investigation from both donor and recipient countries. However, investigation from the perspective of donor countries has been lacking. METHODS: This brief communication describes a model process for the design of a research project that addresses medical migration issues from the perspective of eight African medical schools. During an international meeting, the participants designed an initial "ideal" study, and then rapidly tested its feasibility through a brief survey, and group discussion through a listserv, teleconferences and one face-to-face meeting. FINDINGS AND PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS: Innovative research ideas can be followed-up with surveys to test the feasibility of an "ideal" research design, modifying the design accordingly. This is currently occurring with our medical migration survey study.
Education for Health Change in Learning & Practice 06/2007; 20(1):27.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Undergraduate medical training program accreditation is practiced in many countries, but information from developing countries is sparse. We compared medical training program accreditation systems in nine developing countries, and compared these with accreditation practices in the United States of America (USA).
Medical program accreditation practices in nine developing countries were systematically analyzed using all available published documents. Findings were compared to USA accreditation practices.
Accreditation systems with explicitly defined criteria, standards and procedures exist in all nine countries studied: Argentina, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines and South Africa. Introduction of accreditation processes is relatively recent, starting in 1957 in India to 2001 in Malaysia. Accrediting agencies were set up in these countries predominantly by their respective governments as a result of legislation and acts of Parliament, involving Ministries of Education and Health. As in the USA, accreditation: (1) serves as a quality assurance mechanism promoting professional and public confidence in the quality of medical education, (2) assists medical schools in attaining desired standards, and (3) ensures that graduates' performance complies with national norms. All nine countries follow similar accreditation procedures. Where mandatory accreditation is practiced, non-compliant institutions may be placed on probation, student enrollment suspended or accreditation withdrawn.
Accreditation systems in several developing countries are similar to those in the developed world. Data suggest the trend towards instituting quality assurance mechanisms in medical education is spreading to some developing countries, although generalization to other areas of the world is difficult to ascertain.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Context and Objectives: Undergraduate medical training program accreditation is practiced in many countries, but information from developing countries is sparse. We compared medical training program accreditation systems in nine developing countries, and compared these with accreditation practices in the United States of America.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The concept of Medical Education as a specific discipline has advanced significantly. The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), Philadelphia, USA was formed in the year 2000 to disseminate the concept to medical schools worldwide. FAIMER Institutes are 2-year long fellowship programs that were developed in 2001 to teach education methods and leadership skills to middle and senior level academicians from medical institutions in the developing world. In addition, the Institute fellows also carry out a curriculum innovation project in their institutions, in the interim period between two U.S. based workshops. This paper describes the experience of the authors and their co-fellows who participated in the 2002 FAIMER Institute and highlights the main learning points of the course.
African journal of medicine and medical sciences 04/2006; 35(1):59-67.