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James Smith, MD, Professor Emeritus, Oregon Health and Science University

Importance of Basic Sciences in Health Education in the Developing World

Breakout Session
Main Building ED 202/206
P, AAFP, PA, NP, N, D (1 hour)

With the exploding number of new medical and nursing schools (Christian and secular), especially in Africa, finding teachers for the basic science years is a priority and opportunity. In the past, teaching basic science subjects to health care professionals has not usually been viewed as a missionary career path.
This workshop will be a panel that will feature short presentations by health care educators, who have worked on the mission field. The needs and opportunities for basic science teachers will be presented followed by a time of discussion and questions from the audience. There will be an open discussion as to how we might find and recruit basic science teachers from schools in the High and Middle Income Countries (HMIC’s) to teach in health professional schools in Low Income Countries (LIC’s).

Objectives

Attendees will:
1) Understand the urgent need for basic science teachers for health care professional schools in Low Income Countries (LIC’s)
2) See potential opportunities to serve the Lord teaching basic sciences in health care schools in Low Income Countries (LIC’s)
3) Understand the potential long-term impact this can have on a generation of young health care professionals.
4) Be encouraged to help recruit basic science teachers or consider this field as a career path for themselves.