Maintaining a global health partnership during the COVID-19 pandemic: a road map from the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine

Jennifer M Bryan, Temesgen Beyene, Sofia Kebede, Adam Kaufman, Tilahun Jiru, James Maskalyk, Megan Landes, Alexandra McKnight, Elayna Fremes, Eileen Cheung, Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine
2021 CJEM: Canadian Journal of Emergency Medical Care  
The Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM) is an educational global health partnership established 10 years ago to support the growth of EM in Ethiopia. In-person global health partnership activities were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We describe our five-step process for transitioning our global health partnership to a virtual space. Each step was conducted in collaboration between the University of Toronto and Addis Ababa University EM physicians:
more » ... risk identification and needs assessment, (2) discussing mitigation strategies, (3) crafting and piloting an approach, (4) revising based on pilot results, 5) implementation with continuous evaluation and revision. Teaching was modified iteratively in response to feedback. Our experience shows that virtual teaching, while not a replacement for in-person engagement, can be a valuable tool both to supplement partnership activities when travel is not possible, and to enhance global health partnerships long term. This approach can also inform the transition of other forms of medical education to the virtual space.
doi:10.1007/s43678-021-00083-1 pmid:33595809 fatcat:u3hsl23owbbjxfbl6qhmyfbo5u