The impact of MEPI-Junior Faculty Program on scholars and to the College of Health Sciences at large
Background: The Medical Education Partnership Initiative Junior Faculty (MEPI-JF) Program at College of Health Sciences (CHS), Addis Ababa University (AAU) is designed to enable junior faculty physicians to conduct research in collaboration with mentors from AAU and partner universities abroad. The program has been implemented since 2016 to achieve its goal of nurturing the next generation of researchers. The program has enrolled a total of 44 scholars grouped in five cohorts.
Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the output and possible impact of the MEPI-JF program on the scholars and within the CHS and AAU at large.
Methods: This was a mixed method study that employed both quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques.
Results: Fifty-three researches have published by the first three cohorts of MEPI-JF scholars after joining the program. In addition, these three cohorts of scholars have made 63 paper presentations at local and international conferences, and secured eleven grant awards from funders for advancing their research careers. The program has introduced the journal club culture in the college with weekly journal club presentations by the scholars to the College community.
Conclusion: the contribution of MEPI-JF program has created a great opportunity by building the research capacity of physicians to generate evidence to improve their practice and develop their particular fields of specialty in the College.
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