Mobilizing and training academic faculty for medical mission: current status and future directions

James D Smith, Roger P Holland, J Dwight Phillips, Sharon A Falkenheimer

Abstract


As more mission groups become involved with health care education, by starting medical and nursing schools, postgraduate training programs and paramedical professional training, there is a need to recruit expatriate faculty from high income countries to help start programs as there are few national health care education professionals available in the mission setting in most low- and middle-income countries.    This paper outlines the current status and needs for academic faculty in health care education mission settings.  A working group of medical educators met in conjunction with the Global Missions Health Conference in November 2015 and discussed the motivational factors which lead Christian academics to volunteer, both short- and long-term in mission settings.  The group then looked at barriers to volunteering and made suggestions for future directions and best practices when mobilizing academics from high income countries.


Keywords


Mobilizing; Recruiting; Medical Education Missions

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15566/cjgh.v3i2.134

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