Special Projects: Ethiopia
University of Addis Ababa
GI residency training program for Ethiopia - The GI division has teamed up with the University of Addis Ababa to develop a GI residency training program for Ethiopia.
There is a new collaborative project between Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Ethiopia and the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, known as TAAAC (Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration),to help AAU develop and implement their Subspecialty Residency Training Program. Currently, there are 2 established Subspecialty Residency Training Programs at AAU – Neurology and Infectious Disease. As of January 2010, AAU has set up initiatives to expand subspecialty training in the areas of Endocrinology, Hematology and Gastroenterology. The gastroenterology program is co-led by Dr. Jordan Feld and Dr. Louis Liu.
|Team formation:||2 staff and 1 GI trainee|
|Timeline:||1-month blocks, 3 times per year for the next 3 years|
|Main objective:||development of clinical skills and expertise required for GI practice|
|Secondary objective:||development of research program for trainees, allowing a fantastic opportunity to do some very innovative and useful research in any number of areas in GI|
You want to go to Ethiopia?
The department is currently looking for volunteers to participate in the training program. The cost of transportation will be paid for by the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto and the accommodation will be provided by AUU. The plan is to establish 3 trips (1-month duration) per year. To avoid the rainy season, the best time for travel to Ethiopia is between October and April. Ideally, each group should be comprised of two faculty members and one resident. The trips are usually in January, April and September.
So far, the following participants have signed up for the trip:
|Journeys to Ethiopia||Faculty||Trainee|
|Jan 2011||Feld, Jordan, Liu, Louis|
|Apr 2011||Alllard, Johane|
|April 2013||Feld, Jordan, Liu, Louis||Cheung, Angela, PGY-5|
|Nov 2013||Steinhart, Hillary, Liu, Louis||Sharma, Suraj, PGY-5|
If you have any idea when you would like to go, please email Dr. Louis Liu at Louis.email@example.com
You want to participate but unable to go?
One of the advantages of the 3 year commitment is that we will be able to have ongoing follow-up. Although it will be difficult to get much if any research completed in the 1-month blocks, we should be able to design and implement research projects that can then be followed up by subsequent teams. This means that even those of you who are unable to go to Ethiopia can help design research projects that those who go can oversee. Anyone who might be interested in helping out with research (whether you can go to Ethiopia or not), please contact Jordan Feld @ firstname.lastname@example.org
|Organization(s) / Government||Contract Status||UHN Lead(s) / Contact||External Partners||Revenue Generating (Y/N)||Brief Description|
|Addis Ababa University||Active||Brian Hodges (Chair of Governance Committee)||TASN, U of T||N (Funded through grants)||
• The purpose of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) is to assist Addis Ababa University (AAU) Ethiopia, build and strengthen capacity and sustainability in medical -specialties and other health and non-health professional programs.