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Clin Lab Med. 2018 Mar;38(1):37-51. doi: 10.1016/j.cll.2017.10.004. Epub 2017 Dec 29.

Training the Next Generation of African Pathologists.

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1
Department of Pathology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC 27710, USA; InPaLa Consulting, 1330 Floral Street NorthWest, Washington, DC 20012, USA. Electronic address: amnpath62@gmail.com.
2
Department of Anatomical Pathology, National Health Laboratory Service, University of the Witwatersrand, 7 York Road, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193, South Africa.
3
UFR Sciences Médicales, Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, 01 BP V166, Abidjan 01, Côte d'Ivoire.
4
Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, The Vanderbilt Clinic, 4511C, Nashville, TN 37232, USA.
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Department of Pathology, College of Medical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Samaru, Zaria, Kaduna State 810001, Nigeria.
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Department of Pathology, University of Kinshasa, Kinshasa 11, Democratic Republic of Congo.
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University of Rwanda School of Medicine and Pharmacy, Avenue d'Armee, PO Box 3286, Kigali, Rwanda.
8
Department of Pathology, Aga Khan University Hospital, 3(rd) Parklands Avenue, P.O.Box 30270, Post code 00100, Nairobi, Kenya.

Abstract

Quality patient care requires correct and timely evidence-based diagnoses. Pathology and laboratory medicine training varies significantly across the continent, but is inadequate to serve the needs of the population. This article summarizes the current state of pathology workforce and training in sub-Saharan Africa; discusses challenges to recruitment and retention; and outlines the necessary elements for training and sustaining a robust workforce in pathology and laboratory medicine. The authors provide several case studies of institutions around the continent that include expansion of existing programs, a de novo program, South-South collaborations, and skill building for the existing workforce.

KEYWORDS:

Accreditation; Global health; Pathology; Quality; Training

PMID:
29412884
DOI:
10.1016/j.cll.2017.10.004

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