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"Humanitarian and health-focused non-governmental organizations, such as MedGlobal, and American clinical institutions can mutually benefit from the formation of academic partnerships. MedGlobal has a longitudinal presence in ongoing humanitarian disasters that can provide rich clinical experiences for academic institutions looking to provide more diverse and equity-driven training for its residents and fellows. American institutions can provide resources, personnel with special skills and knowledge, as well as research assistance to MedGlobal and its partner sites as it continues to promote evidence-based clinical care for refugees. We propose an innovative model that addresses 3 areas of opportunities: education, research/QI, and clinical care. By regularly distributing a "menu" of opportunities dictated by needs on the ground, US academic programs can participate up to their capabilities and skill sets. These opportunities could include virtual lectures and modules, tele-health consultations, creating trainee rotations, participating in rigorous research and QI projects, holding in-person train-the-trainer sessions such as with neonatal resuscitation or ultrasound, and creating a vetted roster of American providers from partnered programs that could be deployed in the setting of acute disaster response. This model could be replicated by other NGOs working in the humanitarian space to improve education, knowledge, and clinical care for some of the most vulnerable patients in the world."
International Public Health | Pediatrics
Patel, Anik; Ahmed, Nahreen; Mena Lora, Alfredo; and Jones, Riley, "A Proposal for Developing Academic Partnerships between American Clinical Institutions and NGOs" (2021). Posters. 239.