Partnering for Quality Education & Quality Care

Zack LangwayBlog, Medicine, Nursing

Every country should have a strong health workforce so that all people can access the care they need to live healthy and productive lives. And at the backbone of a strong health workforce are doctors, nurses and midwives who are trained, confident, and ready ensure that everyone, no matter where they live, has equal access to high quality care.

Seed Global Health believes that excellence in education is the cornerstone of health professionals’ success. And we strive to support this vision, partnering with U.S. academic institutions allow us to deepen the quality and sustainability of the training and teaching we support in five African countries.

“By pairing healthcare volunteers from universities and medical and nursing schools across the United States with local health professionals in countries like Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda, we create a ripple effect of shared knowledge,” explains Seed Senior Advisor, James Scott, MD, FACEP.

What does academic partnership mean to us? Here are five examples of exciting collaborations with U.S. academic institutions that are helping to shape the future of health professional education:

University of Washington (WWAMI) and Swedish Medical Center

The University of Washington (WWAMI) is an academic network of family medicine residency programs across Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho and the Swedish Medical Center.Following the establishment of the first-ever family medicine residency training program at the University of Malawi College of Medicine (CoM) in Blantyre, Malawi, the WWAMI network made it possible for senior-level residents from the U.S. to rotate through these sites, bringing their knowledge and skills, and providing a pipeline for future educators following their graduation from residency. Before family medicine became a specialty in Malawi, patients with multiple conditions needed to have each condition managed by a different specialist in a different specialty clinic – a costly, and burdensome approach for patients and the health system. Thanks to this academic partnership, many patients can be seen by one family medicine provider for all their needs. The program has also been working on bringing Malawian physicians to the U.S., so they can experience what community-orientated, primary care looks like outside of Malawi.

Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health

Seed’s partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Global Health is particularly strong, and extends to several programs that train physicians and nurses in countries such as Uganda and Tanzania. Together, MGH Global Health and Seed have been supporting the first Masters in Critical Care Nursing program in Uganda at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). The MGH-Seed collaboration has enhanced the program through scholarships and the deployment of masters and PhD prepared educators to support curriculum development, classroom and clinical education, and research.

MGH Global Health established a Global Nursing Fellowship Program, which sends MGH clinical nursing experts for short term deployments to Seed’s partner institutions in Uganda and Tanzania in alignment of institutional goals. MGH Global Health has also provided meaningful resources and recognition to deployed nursing, midwifery and medical educators such as critical learning tools (subscription to key online journals and textbooks) and, upon the completion of their year(s) of service, educators are awarded the Fellowship in Global Clinical Education.

Northeastern University

Northeastern University’s (NEU) School of Nursing, Seed Global Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) are together transforming care for patients by teaching and training the next generation of Liberian nurses. Currently, there are no anesthesiologists in the country and just 70 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA’s) to serve the country’s roughly 4.5 million people. Seed, NEU and BIDMC, teamed up with two nurse anesthetists from Phebe School of Nursing in Liberia for a 4-week intensive faculty training program. “It is wonderful for the anesthetists here at BIDMC to be face-to-face with these nurses,” said Dr. Stuart-Shor, Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Graduate Studies & Sub-specialties at Seed. “The anesthetists really see that they may not have a lot, but what they have they use extremely well. They can do a spinal better than anyone I’ve ever seen in this country because they’ve done tens of thousands—as that’s all they can do. They are just getting to the point now where they can do general anesthesia, and they need that. This is one of the skills they are working up to.”

George Washington University

George Washington University (GWU) has been a true partner to Seed since its inception in 2012. This partnership was made possible by Fitzhugh Mullan, MD and James Scott, MD, FACEP, two GWU professors who played key roles in the GHSP program training sessions. Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, is a Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy in the GW School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) and the founding Board Chair and Senior Advisor of Seed Global Health. James Scott, MD, FACEP, was the previous Dean for the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences and continues as a professor in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Scott is the Senior Academic Advisor of Seed Global Health and has led the pre-departure orientation to nursing, midwifery and medical faculty.

GWU School of Nursing has strengthened Seed’s ability to build capacity of our educators in the area of simulation as a learning tool, opening their state of the art simulation center and providing a full day module on simulation theory and practice during orientation. Recently, the GWU School of Nursing and School of Medicine have been collaborating with Seed on a simulation project in Tanzania which aims to build capacity of Tanzanian faculty in the methodology of simulation for learning in an interdisciplinary approach.

University of Massachusetts Boston

University of Massachusetts Boston’s (UMB) College of Nursing and Health Sciences has partnered with Seed to assist us with our 9-week online pre-departure course, Strategies for Successful Teaching and Learning: Best Practices and Local Context. UMB PhD nursing students from our partner countries in Africa have participated in our weekly webinars to represent the cultural context of teaching didactic, clinical and research topics in our partner countries in Africa. Such exchanges are key to preparing our educators to live/work successfully in a limited resource environment.

Through academic partnerships, we are able bring added academic and clinical rigor to deepen meaningful impact as we build capacity alongside in-country partners.

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PHOTO: Volunteer educator Allana Krolikowski works with a family medicine physician in Malawi.