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Int J Med Educ. 2017 Sep 1;8:314-323. doi: 10.5116/ijme.5985.f644.

Perspectives of female medical faculty in Ethiopia on a leadership fellowship program.

Author information

1
Department of Family Medicine, Denver Health/ University of Colorado-Denver, USA.
2
School of Medicine, Addis Ababa University, College of Health Sciences, Ethiopia.
3
Department of Family Medicine, University of Minnesota-Duluth, USA.
4
School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
5
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

Abstract

Objectives:

This study aims to evaluate a leadership fellowship program through perspectives of Ethiopian women medical faculty participants.

Methods:

An intensive two-week leadership development fellowship was designed for women faculty from Ethiopian medical schools and conducted from 2011-2015 at the University of Wisconsin-School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wisconsin. Nine Ethiopian women working in early- or mid-level academic positions were selected. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the fellows. Transcripts were reviewed through qualitative analysis to assess the perceived impact of the training on their careers. Three male academic leaders were interviewed to solicit feedback on the program.

Results:

Eight of 9 fellows were interviewed. Themes describing the benefits of the fellowship included: increased awareness of gender inequities; enhanced motivation for career advancement; increased personal confidence; and improved leadership skills. Fellows provided suggestions for future training and scaling up efforts to promote gender equity. Male leaders described the benefits of men promoting gender equity within academic health centers.

Conclusions:

This paper provides evidence that targeted brief training programs can enhance women's motivation and skills to become effective leaders in academic medicine in Ethiopia. Promoting gender equity in academic medicine is an important strategy to address health workforce shortages and to provide professional role models for female students in the health professions.

KEYWORDS:

academic medicine; ethiopia; gender equity; leadership training; women

PMID:
28869749
PMCID:
PMC5694698
DOI:
10.5116/ijme.5985.f644
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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