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Medical Education Partnership Initiative in Nigeria

Participants of the MEPIN Data Analysis and Manuscript Writing Workshop in Ibadan, Nigeria July 7-13The purpose of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative in Nigeria (MEPIN) is to enhance medical knowledge and skills at the six leading medical schools in Nigeria. Because these sites have received prior support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), MEPIN will leverage the existing infrastructure and human resources that are already available. The improvements in the medical education will emphasize priority health delivery to the community and will develop clinical and translational research competences of medical students, physician trainees, and public health graduate students to address the effectiveness of health service delivery and inform the prioritization of health programs in Nigeria. The MEPIN consortium will work together to develop education and research programs to be implemented at all six universities by the third year of the program, with the ultimate goal to expand these programs to all federally supported medical schools in Nigeria by the end of the project.

The Nigerian Teaching Hospitals that are included in the MEPIN award are as follows:

MEPIN Teaching Hospital

Faculty

Beds

Admissions/yr

Other Distinctions

University of Ibadan  – College of Medicine 300 100 16,568 Center of Excellence for Neurosciences and Infectious Diseases
Ahmadu Bellow University – College of Medicine 900 700 15,000 Center of Excellence for Oncology & Radiotherapy
University of Jos – College of Medicine 90 600 15,000 WHO Collaborating Center for HIV/AIDS Treatment and Care
University of Lagos – College of Medicine -- 761 12,000 Center of Excellence for Radiotherapy
University of Maiduguri – College of Medicine 23 500 6,000 Center of Excellence for Nephrology
University of Nigeria – College of Medicine 153 450 6,332 Center of Excellence for Cardiothoracic Surgery
TOTALS 1,166 3,111 70,900

The specific aims of the project are:

  1. Evidence-based revision, updating and re-structuring of the current medical (MBBS, BDS, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Human Nutrition and BMLS) education programming. MEPIN will further develop electronic teaching methods for problem solving, community-oriented medical education and research capacity building. The current community medicine training in the MBBS (which is the equivalent of an MD) curriculum will be revised and upgraded.
  2. Developing a youth health issues training program for pre-medical and health professional students. This course will include a general update on global infectious diseases of public health importance. Content will focus on updating students on the current status of HIV, Malaria, Tuberculosis, modes of transmission and general prevention methods.
  3. Develop mentoring, skill-building, and continuous medical education programs for post-graduate students and junior faculty. Three tracks will be developed that include clinical, basic science and program management. An introductory and advanced course on “Research in Public Health” will be developed for post-graduate (MSc, MPH and PhD level) students in the College of Medicine. The advance course will incorporate statistics, epidemiology and research proposal development and a small competitive development seed award program will support outstanding proposals. In addition, short certificated skills workshops will be organized to equip new medical graduates with skills required for independent practice.
  4. Enhance the research capacity of postgraduate students and faculty: community medicine and in-service personnel. A series of short courses will be developed for continuing education, skills-building and operational research training, tailored to each cadre of service delivery including doctors, nurses, counselors, pharmacists and laboratory staff. Distance learning platforms, CD-ROMs, Literature, short-courses and annual symposia will be the methods used to promote continuing education.
  5. A MEPIN Research Fellowship Program will be developed across all medical school partners to provide full year stipend and research support to residents/postdoctoral fellows with peer-reviewed proposals. A MEPIN Fellowship Committee will develop specific criteria and will advocate for the successful fellows to transition to permanent positions on faculty.
  6. A robust monitoring and evaluation plan will be developed to conduct a curriculum needs assessment which will inform the creation and piloting of new curricula, courses and programs. Additionally, the staff will be trained at each of the MEPIN universities to collect necessary evaluation data and to analyze the data for program outcomes and continual improvement.

This page last updated Mar 14, 2014

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