Through MEPI, medical schools in Africa are investing in medical education as a means to strengthen the health workforce in sub-Saharan Africa. Across the MEPI landscape, much has occurred since MEPI started in 2010. Innovative and meaningful projects have been undertaken by a cadre of committed academic - including health care practitioners and medical education experts - and related staff and many of these are now coming to fruition. In addition, thanks to regular and systematic reporting structures, a wealth of data has been generated. Greysen et.al. (2011) have supplied a review of what is known about medical education in SSA as well as outlined the gaps in our knowledge. Specifically, they point to the shortage of literature on the outcomes of medical education innovations in faculty development and the role of research in scaling up the health care workforce. Now is the time to respond to this shortage by spreading our research and stories.
The Medical Education Research Technical Working Group has been constituted to establish a community of scholars across the MEPI platform. We aim to create a platform where our Medical Education Research activities can be displayed and discussed and where medical educators can find useful resources.
Zohray Talib, George Washington University, United States of America
Eskinder Kebede, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Susan van Schalkwyk, Stellenbosch University, South Africa