Coaching for impact: successful implementation of a multi-national, multi-institutional synchronous research course in Ethiopia

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Coaching for impact: successful implementation of a multi-national, multi-institutional synchronous research course in Ethiopia


JournalGlobal Surgical Education – Journal of the Association for Surgical Education
Article typeJournal research article – Clinical research
Publication date – May – 2022
Authors – Robyn Richmond, Elyse LeeVan, Chris Dodgion, Theresa L. Chin, Mengistu G. Mengesha, Dawit Jember, Taye Gari, Ephrem Gebrehana, Adnan Alseidi, Natalie Bell, Kristin Long, Anteneh Gadisa, Girma Tefera & Mary E. Schroeder
KeywordsCapacity building, global surgery, LMIC, Research education
Open access – Yes
SpecialityOther, Surgical education
World region Eastern Africa
Country: Ethiopia
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on June 1, 2022 at 11:47 pm
Abstract:

Purpose
Under the American College of Surgeons’ Operation Giving Back, several US institutions collaborated with a teaching and regional referral hospital in Ethiopia to develop a surgical research curriculum.

Methods
A virtual, interactive, introductory research course which utilized a web-based classroom platform and live educational sessions via an online teleconferencing application was implemented. Surgical and public health faculty from the US and Ethiopia taught webinars and led breakout coaching sessions to facilitate participants’ project development. Both a pre-course needs assessment survey and a post-course participation survey were used to examine the impact of the course.

Results
Twenty participants were invited to participate in the course. Despite the majority of participants having connection issues (88%), 11 participants completed the course with an 83% average attendance rate. Ten participants successfully developed structured research proposals based on their local clinical needs.

Conclusion
This novel multi-institutional and multi-national research course design was successfully implemented and could serve as a template for greater development of research capacity building in the low- and middle-income country (LMIC) setting.

OSI Number – 21623

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