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Rwandan family medicine residents expanding their training into South Africa: the use of South-South medical electives in enhancing learning experiences

Published on Dec 1, 2015in BMC Medical Education 1.87
· DOI :10.1186/s12909-015-0405-3
Maaike Flinkenflögel3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UGent: Ghent University),
Gboyega A Ogunbanjo4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University)
+ 1 AuthorsJan De Maeseneer31
Estimated H-index: 31
(UGent: Ghent University)
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Background International medical electives are well-accepted in medical education, with the flow of students generally being North–South. In this article we explore the learning outcomes of Rwandan family medicine residents who completed their final year elective in South Africa. We compare the learning outcomes of this South-South elective to those of North–South electives from the literature.
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Published on Dec 1, 2015in BMC Medical Education 1.87
William Ventres10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of El Salvador),
Calvin L Wilson2
Estimated H-index: 2
(CU: University of Colorado Boulder)
Background Health professionals from high-income countries are increasingly becoming involved in international service-learning trips in low and low/middle-income countries. While much has been written about the ethics and curricular guidelines related to such endeavors, scant attention has been paid to the attitudes with which trainees and clinicians enter into or return from them. In this essay the authors explore how attitudes contribute to the success or failure of international service-lear...
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Published on Dec 1, 2014in BMC Medical Education 1.87
Puja Ahluwalia2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Debra Cameron11
Estimated H-index: 11
+ 3 AuthorsStephanie Nixon19
Estimated H-index: 19
Background Clinical training in low-income countries has become increasingly popular among pre-licensure trainees from high-income countries. The Working Group on Ethics Guidelines for Global Health Training (“WEIGHT Guidelines”) were designed to identify and inform the complex and contentious field of international clinical education. The purpose of this study was to use the WEIGHT Guidelines to evaluate an international clinical internship programme for Master’s-level rehabilitation students a...
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Published on Aug 1, 2014in Family Practice 1.99
Maaike Flinkenflögel3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UGent: Ghent University),
Akye Essuman4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Ghana)
+ 2 AuthorsJan De Maeseneer31
Estimated H-index: 31
(UGent: Ghent University)
Background. Health-care systems based on primary health care (PHC) are more equitable and cost effecti ve. Family medicine trains medical doctors in comprehensive PHC with knowledge and skills that are needed to increase quality of care. Family medicine is a relatively new specialty in sub-Saharan Africa. Objective. To explore the extent to whic h the Primafamed South–South cooperative project contributed to the development of family medicine in sub-Saharan Africa. Methods. The Primafamed (P rim...
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Published on Jul 1, 2014in Academic Medicine 5.08
Nauzley C. Abedini2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UM: University of Michigan),
Sandra Danso-Bamfo3
Estimated H-index: 3
+ 5 AuthorsJoseph C. Kolars35
Estimated H-index: 35
Problem International medical electives typically represent a unidirectional flow of students from economically advantaged countries in the global “North” to resource-poor nations in the global “South.” Little is known about the impact of bilateral exchanges on students from less affluent nations.
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Published on Jun 1, 2014in Medical Education 4.62
Ben Kumwenda5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Dund.: University of Dundee),
David Royan1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Dund.: University of Dundee)
+ 1 AuthorsJon Dowell18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Dund.: University of Dundee)
Context Electives commonly represent a valued, enjoyed and formative part of medical training. However, there is little empirical evidence about students' preparedness, practices and perceptions of medical electives in resource-poor settings. Exploring what students do, why and under what circumstances is therefore worthwhile. Objectives This study aimed to evaluate students' views on the processes, outcomes and impacts of medical electives in three low-income countries. Methods A qualitative st...
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Published on Apr 1, 2014in Medical Education 4.62
Nikki Bozinoff2
Estimated H-index: 2
(McMaster University),
Katie Dorman2
Estimated H-index: 2
(McMaster University)
+ 5 AuthorsChristian Kraeker2
Estimated H-index: 2
(McMaster University)
Context An increasing number of medical students are engaging in international medical electives, the majority of which involve travel from northern, higher-income countries to southern, lower-income countries. Existing research has identified benefits to students participating in these experiences. However, reports on the impacts on host communities are largely absent from the literature. Objectives The current study aims to identify host country perspectives on international medical electives....
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Published on Nov 1, 2013in Academic Medicine 5.08
William Cherniak5
Estimated H-index: 5
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Paul K. Drain9
Estimated H-index: 9
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Timothy F. Brewer4
Estimated H-index: 4
PURPOSE: Although most medical schools and residency programs offer international medical electives (IMEs), little guidance on the educational objectives for these rotations exists; thus, the authors reviewed the literature to compile and categorize a comprehensive set of educational objectives for IMEs. METHOD: In February and July 2012, the authors searched SciVerse Scopus online, which includes the Embase and MEDLINE databases, using specified terms. From the articles that met their inclusion...
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Published on Oct 1, 2012in Journal of Community Health 1.57
David S. Holmes3
Estimated H-index: 3
(SUNY: State University of New York System),
Luis E. Zayas13
Estimated H-index: 13
(ASU: Arizona State University),
Alexander Koyfman1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Brigham and Women's Hospital)
International health electives offer unique experiences for medical students to develop clinical skills and cultural competencies in unique and diverse environments. Medical students have been increasingly pursuing these learning opportunities despite the challenges. However, their goals in pursuing these opportunities and the relation between their learning objectives and actual experiences have not been studied adequately. It is important to assess these programs based on student objectives an...
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Published on Jan 1, 2011in Family Medicine 1.09
Jeffrey J2
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Dumont Ra1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 1 AuthorsTony Kuo15
Estimated H-index: 15
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Published on Dec 6, 2010in American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2.31
John A. Crump55
Estimated H-index: 55
(Duke University),
Jeremy Sugarman48
Estimated H-index: 48
Academic global health programs are growing rapidly in scale and number. Students of many disciplines increasingly desire global health content in their curricula. Global health curricula often include field experiences that involve crossing international and socio-cultural borders. Although global health training experiences offer potential ben- efits to trainees and to sending institutions, these experiences are sometimes problematic and raise ethical challenges. The Working Group on Ethics Gu...
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Published on Oct 1, 2018in Advances in Health Sciences Education 2.76
William Ventres10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of El Salvador),
Charles Boelen5
Estimated H-index: 5
(WHO: World Health Organization),
Cynthia Haq12
Estimated H-index: 12
(UW: University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Within health professional education around the world, there exists a growing awareness of the professional duty to be socially responsible, being attentive to the needs of all members of communities, regions, and nations, especially those who disproportionately suffer from the adverse influence of social determinants. However, much work still remains to progress beyond such good intentions. Moving from contemplation to action means embracing social accountability as a key guiding principle for ...
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Published on Aug 19, 2016in Education for primary care
Kenneth Yakubu2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Jos),
Maaike Flinkenflögel3
Estimated H-index: 3
(NUR: National University of Rwanda)
+ 3 AuthorsGulnaz Mohamoud (Aga Khan University Hospital)
AbstractBackground: A competency-based approach to family medicine (FM) post graduate (PG) training falls short of a holistic process if it focuses only on patients’ needs without eliciting those of trainees.Aim: To identify perceived competency deficits of trainees and challenges hindering achievement of learning outcomes.Setting: PG FM programmes in sub-Saharan Africa.Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional survey using a web-based questionnaire with a list of competency items and challenges. ...
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