The Universidade Eduardo Mondlane/UCSD Medical Education Partnership

Programmatic: Universidade Eduardo Mondlane/UCSD Medical Education Partnership

Contact Principal Investigator: NOORMAHOMED, EMILIA VIRGINIA, enoormahomed@gmail.com

Project Title: THE UNIVERSIDADE EDUARDO MONDLANE/UCSD MEDICAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP

Awardee Organization: EDUARDO MONDLANE UNIVERSITY

Partner Organizations: University of California San Diego (UCSD), Universidade Lurio, Universidade Zambezi

Although the development of new curriculum and of new educational approaches has had a profound impact on medical education around the world, the biggest challenge to medical education in many sub-Saharan Africa countries continues to be that there are too few medical educators and that the institutions in which they teach are so poorly supported that they cannot fully apply their considerable skills and energy to medical education. Thus, the overriding goal of the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane-UCSD Medical Education Partnership is substantially increase the number of highly skilled medical school faculty in Mozambique. We will emphasize the development of a powerful but locally sustainable biomedical informatics infrastructure to enhance both teaching and learning. By strengthening the infrastructure for clinical, operational and epidemiological research we will both provide additional avenues for faculty development and greatly enhance institutional stability. A major priority of this collaboration is to recruit trainees and junior faculty into lifelong careers in medical education and to provide them with the skills to make these careers sustainable. To this end, we will develop early and mid-career mentoring programs that are tailored to the goals of individual Mozambican faculty and trainees as well as to the needs of the UEM Faculty of Medicine. Although the partnership will be anchored in Mozambique by the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, as the program develops we will provide active assistance to Mozambique's two new medical schools in Nampula and Tete to create a network of all three of Mozambique's publicly funded Faculties of Medicine in order to extend the impact of this MEPI to all of Mozambique. By substantially strengthening Mozambique's medical education infrastructure, we expect that our partnership will have a profound effect on Mozambique's ability to deliver better medical care to all of its citizens for the next several decades.

 Linked: The Universidade Eduardo Mondlane/USCD Surgery Partnership

 Contact Principal Investigator: NOORMAHOMED, EMILIA VIRGINIA, enoormahomed@gmail.com

 Project Title: THE UNIVERSIDADE EDUARDO MONDLANE/UCSD MEDICAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP

 Awardee Organization: EDUARDO MONDLANE UNIVERSITY

 Partner Organizations: University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS), American College of Surgeons (ACS), World Health Organization

 This research and educational partnership between the Department of Surgery at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is directed at developing strategies for building sustainable surgical capacity in rural areas of Mozambique. The project will build on an already strong collaboration between UEM and UCSD medical schools and use expertise from the World Health Organization, Canadian Network for International Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. A strong emphasis will be placed on local program leadership with the goal of developing a cadre of local experts who will be empowered to drive future surgical research initiatives and make decision about resource allocation. The Specific Aims are to: 1) Identify the best strategies for building emergency and essential surgical capacity in rural areas of Mozambique and 2) Increase capacity for surgical research at UEM and its allied institutions via training and partnerships. The expected outcome is a better understanding of the role for surgery in primary health care in Mozambique, an evidenced-based strategy for building surgical capacity in rural area, and an increased capacity for surgical research by local experts.

 PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Surgical conditions, especially obstetrical emergencies and injuries account for a significant burden of disease in Mozambique. Surgical and obstetrical services are currently unable to meet the population need resulting in death and disability. Surgical care improves maternal and child health and reduces disability related to injuries.



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