Resource Spotlight: Survey of Sub-Saharan African Medical Schools

Compulsory service post-medical school
Compulsory service post-medical school

Doctors are an important component of any high functioning health care system. However, efforts to strengthen the doctor workforce in the sub-Saharan African region have been limited by a small number of medical schools with limited enrolments, international migration of graduates, poor geographic distribution of doctors, and insufficient data on medical schools. The goal of the Sub-Saharan African Medical Schools Study (SAMSS) is to increase the level of understanding and expand the baseline data on medical schools in the region.

The survey instrument included quantitative and qualitative questions focused on institutional characteristics, student profiles, curricula, post-graduate medical education, teaching staff, resources, barriers to capacity expansion, educational innovations, and external relationships with government and non-governmental organizations. [from abstract]

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