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

  • James D Smith Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon
  • Roger P Holland MyungSung Medical College, Addis Ababa
  • J Dwight Phillips Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
  • Sharon A Falkenheimer Academy of Fellows, Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois

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.

Author Biographies

James D Smith, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon
Professor Emeritus
Roger P Holland, MyungSung Medical College, Addis Ababa
Dean, MyungSung Medical College
J Dwight Phillips, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Professor of Pediatrics

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Published
2016-11-08
How to Cite
SMITH, James D et al. Mobilizing and training academic faculty for medical mission: current status and future directions. Christian Journal for Global Health, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 2, p. 168-175, nov. 2016. ISSN 2167-2415. Available at: <http://journal.cjgh.org/index.php/cjgh/article/view/134>. Date accessed: 26 sep. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.15566/cjgh.v3i2.134.

Keywords

Mobilizing; Recruiting; Medical Education Missions