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Student and faculty perceptions on the rapid scale-up of medical students in Ethiopia

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medical Education, January 2017
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Title
Student and faculty perceptions on the rapid scale-up of medical students in Ethiopia
Published in
BMC Medical Education, January 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12909-016-0849-0
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Authors

Brittney S. Mengistu, Holly Vins, Caitrin M Kelly, Daphne R. McGee, Jennifer O. Spicer, Miliard Derbew, Abebe Bekele, Damen Haile Mariam, Carlos del Rio, Henry M. Blumberg, Dawn L. Comeau

Abstract

Ethiopia is a country of over 94 million people that has a severe physician shortage with approximately only 2.5 physicians per 100,000 persons. Recently, the Ethiopian government implemented a "flood and retain" initiative to rapidly increase the quantity of physicians in Ethiopia. Consequently, medical student enrollment at Addis Ababa University (AAU) School of Medicine increased from 100 to approximately 300-400 students per class. This study evaluated the impact of the rapid scale-up in the number of medical students on the quality of medical education at AAU and the impact of the U.S. government-funded Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) grant awarded to AAU to provide resources to strengthen the quality of medical education at AAU. Qualitative, semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted with 22 key informants including faculty members, administrators and medical students at AAU. The audio recordings were transcribed verbatim and interview data were analyzed with thematic analysis. Four key themes emerged from the data. Overall, participants perceived a decrease in the quality of medical education at AAU due to challenges created by the rapid scale-up in the number of medical students. Positive learning environments were described as difficult to achieve due to overcrowding in classrooms and the limited numbers of textbooks. Overall, participants stated that infrastructure improvement is needed to provide adequate medical student training. The medical education initiatives implemented and funded by MEPI have provided significant resources to support the medical student curriculum but additional resources are required to accommodate a large student body. The unprecedented rapid scale-up of medical students has impacted multiple facets of medical education at AAU. It is important to consider the perspectives of students and faculty in order to focus future medical education policies, MEPI programming and the allocation of resources.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 61 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 11 18%
Researcher 9 15%
Student > Bachelor 7 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 10%
Lecturer 5 8%
Other 14 23%
Unknown 9 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 21 34%
Social Sciences 9 15%
Nursing and Health Professions 8 13%
Psychology 3 5%
Engineering 3 5%
Other 8 13%
Unknown 9 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 30. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 January 2022.
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