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Professionalism Training in the Global Setting: Program at Ayder Hospital and Mekele University in Ethiopia

Purpose: Using the current partnership between University of Illinois in Chicago, Illinois (UIC) and Ayder Hospital/Mekele University in Mekele, Ethiopia (Ayder), this study evaluated the effectiveness of professionalism training for medical students and resident trainees at Ayder.

Background: Threats to professionalism in medicine have led to more universal teaching of professionalism to trainees and practicing physicians. Currently, professionalism is listed by the ACGME as one of the 6 general clinical competencies. Many programs that include  group sessions and standardized patients have been implemented in American institutions, although little research has been directed towards professionalism training in a global health setting. This study aimed to determine the effect of a professionalism training at Ayder.

Methods: Participants in a professionalism and communication training were offered participation in a pre- and post-test survey. The survey focused on the perception and function of professionalism in the medical workplace, and included quantitative and qualitative data. The pre- and post-test surveys were conducted prior to and at completion of the training.

Results: A convenience sample of medical students and resident trainees at Ayder participated in the pre- and post-test surveys. The training had a positive effect on the perception of professionalism and identified opportunities for behavioral improvement.

Discussions: We saw that the professional training was an effective tool for implementing professionalism into medical education curricula in this global health setting. However, further research regarding the long term impact and ability to implement clinical competencies into global health settings will help determine the plausibility of repeating such a study in other sites.

Topics: Public Health, Global Health, Simulation, GME, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Professionalism, Residency Coordinator, Residency Director, Osteopathic Faculty, Clerkship Coordinator, Clerkship Director, Faculty, Resident, Student, 2019, CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting,

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Intended
Audience
Student,Resident,Faculty,Clerkship Director,Clerkship Coordinator,Osteopathic Faculty,Residency Director,Residency Coordinator,
Competencies
Addressed
Professionalism,Interpersonal & Communication Skills,
Educational
Continuum
GME,
Educational
Focus
Simulation,Global Health,Public Health,
Clinical Focus

Author Information

Sarah Atkinson, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago; Fasika Amdeslasie, MD, FCS-ECSA, FAIMER Fellow; Tamika Alexander, MD; Catherine Ford, MD, MPH; Erin Cavanaugh, MD

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