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Adv Med Educ Pract. 2017 Jul 27;8:527-533. doi: 10.2147/AMEP.S138024. eCollection 2017.

Mbarara University Research Training Initiative: a spin-off of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative in Uganda.

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Office of Research Administration.
Department of Psychiatry, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Medicine.
Department of Pharmacomology and Therapeutics, Office of the Vice Chancellor, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda.


Scientific productivity in Africa is insignificant compared to that in the rest of the world. This has been attributed to the fact that, in spite of academic qualifications, junior faculty, who form the majority of academics in low- and middle-income countries lack experience in research. This calls for a need to put in place programs that provide hands-on training in research so that junior faculty can conduct relevant research. The Mbarara University Research Training Initiative, a Fogarty International Center-funded program, is one such program that was developed to provide research capacity training for junior faculty at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology. The program utilizes health priority areas to provide research training to junior faculty. During the training, they are given short-term-focused research training on particular knowledge and skills, which they apply while conducting the mentored research.


MURTI; junior faculty; mentored research; short training

Conflict of interest statement

Disclosure Edith Wakida is the Research Manager in the Office of Research Administration at Mbarara University of Science and Technology and the key person responsible for research administration, ethics, and communication on the MURTI program. Samuel Maling is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Dean of Faculty of Medicine at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, and the Program Director II in charge of the day-to-day activities of MURTI program. Celestino Obua is a Professor of Pharmacology, the Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology, and the Contact Program Director for the MURTI program. The authors report no other conflicts of interest in this work.

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