July 2015: A Synthesis of Digital Resources for Medical Education (synDRME): Utilizing digital medical education resources to address faculty shortage in African medical schools
Wednesday, July 1, 20159:00 AM - 10:00 AM Washington, DC4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Nairobi, Kenya3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Johannesburg, South Africa
Jim Scott, MDProfessor of Emergency Medicine and Health PolicyThe George Washington University
Among other pressing challenges within medical education in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Medical Education Partnership Initiative has highlighted the shortage of teaching faculty within medical schools.
synDRME attempts to bridge this gap by providing medical students and faculty access to a repository of digital resources that supplements learning and teaching. Each resource is evaluated through several criteria before it is recommended to faculty and students. The resources cater to African medicine, and are recommended based on their adaptability and usefulness within the African medical school landscape.
The website has been conceptualized and developed over the past two years and covers a range of topics and specialties an African medical student needs to learn during the course of his/her education. The product has tremendous potential for growth and expansion, and can potentially augment the education of medical students in Africa.
The Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is a coordinated effort led by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) and supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).