Awardee Organization: Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre
Partner Organization(s): Duke Global Health Institute
Abstract Text: The Duke-KCMC Medical Education Partnership Initiative The Duke University School of Medicine (DUSOM) and the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College (KCM College) will partner to strengthen medical education in Tanzania, training a new generation of physicians with the knowledge, commitment and modern tools to become leaders in academics, research and policy. Tanzania has extraordinary needs in health, especially relating to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and is one of the target countries for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President's Malaria Initiative. DUSOM and KCM College have long-standing research collaborations in multiple areas, supported by grants from the US National Institutes of Health, PEPFAR and private industry. DUSOM and KCM College have also partnered in the development of research capacity through multiple awards from the Fogarty International Center (FIC). This award will afford substantial opportunity to enhance medical education at KCM College. A curriculum review will be undertaken to identify methods to strengthen and modernize the KCM College curriculum. Training in basic and laboratory sciences will be enhanced by leveraging DUSOM's curriculum through the use of an advanced information technology platform. The revised KCM College curriculum will utilize team-based, problem-based and community-based learning methods. A series of faculty workshops will empower the KCM College faculty with these skills and related teaching materials to facilitate their roles as mentors. Training in research methodology will be expanded within the KCM College medical student curriculum, and medical students, trainees and faculty will be offered the opportunity to compete for funding by designing mentored research projects. One critical challenge in medical education in sub-Saharan Africa is the availability of faculty teaching time. The MEPI award will address this challenge by incorporating more efficient teaching methods such as team-based learning, and by enabling KCMC faculty with educational materials to use in teaching students, (improved access to on-line resources, case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and teaching objectives). PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: MEPI will enhance the quality of medical education at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College, resulting in the training of future leaders in academia, research and policy within Tanzania. The improvements in medical education, in combination with the expertise and resources of the KCMC-Duke Collaboration in research, will support further research of direct relevance to PEPFAR and Tanzanian health care priorities.
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