Stanford University
Center for Innovation in
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Novel Education Clinical Trainees and Researchers (NECTAR) Program in Zimbabwe

The Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is an NIH program to transform medical education in 11 sub-Saharan African countries. Stanford University's Center for Innovation in Global Health has partnered with the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (UZCHS) and the University of Colorado Denver in receiving a 10-million dollar grant to establish the Novel Education Clinical Trainees and Researchers (NECTAR) Program in Zimbabwe. In addition, UZCHS received two pilot grant awards, of which 2.5-million is dedicated to Cardiology and another 2.5-million is dedicated to Mental Health.

This is a five-year partnership to improve medical education and to strengthen medical research and clinical training which will be led by Principal Investigator James Hakim, MD at the UZCHS as well as Co-PIs, Michele Barry, MD, FACP, Senior Associate Dean of Global Health at Stanford University and Tom Campbell, MD at the University of Colorado, Denver.

Meeting the healthcare training needs in Zimbabwe has been difficult due to the decreasing number of faculty members. The strategy of NECTAR is that improvements in the approach to medical education at the medical student and post graduate levels, coupled with programs to improve faculty training and support and investments in novel educational models and technologies, will lead to improved capacity of UZCHS to meet the healthcare training and research capacity needs of Zimbabwe.

A Visiting Professors Program is in development and will work to meet the NECTAR goals.

NECTAR goals will be accomplished through the following:

For questions regarding this grant, please contact Nancy Federspiel.

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