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P063: Perceptions and reflections of Ethiopian emergency medicine graduates regarding the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM) Curriculum: a qualitative evaluation study

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 May 2017

C. Hunchak*
Affiliation:
Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON
E. Fremes
Affiliation:
Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON
S. Kebede
Affiliation:
Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON
N. Meshkat
Affiliation:
Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON
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*Corresponding authors

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Introduction: The first-ever EM postgraduate training program in Ethiopia was launched at Addis Ababa University in 2010. EM faculty from the University of Toronto were invited to design and implement an EM rotation-based curriculum with tri-annual teaching trips to support the overall AAU EM program. To date, three cohorts of EM specialists (n=15) have graduated from the three-year program. After six years of implementation, we undertook a qualitative evaluation of the TAAAC-EM curriculum. Methods: Data collection took place in 2016 in Ethiopia via in-person graduate interviews (n=12). Participants were interviewed by a trained research assistant who used a semi-structured interview guide. Standard interview, transcription and analysis protocols were utilized. Qualitative software (QSR-NVIVO 9) was used for thematic grouping and analysis. Results: Graduates of AAU’s EM residency training program reported very positive experiences with the TAAAC-EM curriculum overall. All graduates acknowledged the positive impact of TAAAC-EM’s emphasis on bedside teaching, a unique component of the TAAAC-EM model compared to traditional teaching methods at AAU. Graduates felt that TAAAC-EM teachers were effective in creating a novel culture of EM at AAU and in role-modeling ethical, evidence-based EM practice. When asked about specific areas for program improvement, the following themes emerged: 1) a desire to shift delivery of the didactic clinical epidemiology curriculum to the senior residency years (PGY2-3) to coincide with completion of a required residency research project; 2) a desire for increased simulation and procedural teaching sessions and 3) the need for more nuanced context specificity in the curriculum delivery to incorporate local guidelines and practice patterns. A lack of educational supports during non-TAAAC-EM visits was also identified as an area for further work. Conclusion: Interviewing graduates of AAU’s EM residency training program proved important for determining areas of curriculum improvement for future trainees. It also provided critical input to TAAAC-EM strategic planning discussions as the partnership considers expanding its scope beyond Addis Ababa.

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