Students and doctors networking globally
UK medical students involved in the PaLM charity assist in educating medics and doctors worldwide
- By: Shirwa Ali, Rute Chisanga, Faaria Hussain, Stephanie Ko, William Otuck, Vita Sinclair, Aliki Traianou
Mtwara is a small district in southern Tanzania. Locally qualified doctors often work in policy or leave to work abroad. This leaves clinical officers, who face a shortage of tutors and educational resources, to assume the clinical role of doctors after just three years of study.
Partnerships London Mtwara (PaLM, www.palm-online.org), a UK based non-governmental organisation, has been working since 2006 to support clinical education with the Clinical Officer Training College (COTC) in Mtwara. As part of the UK government International Citizen Service, university students from King’s College London spent three months in Mtwara establishing an online learning platform locally to link up with the United Kingdom.
To make this link possible, PaLM adopted MedicineAfrica (www.medicineafrica.com), an online case based tutorial facility for global health, featuring live clinical case discussions that combine text based chat with an uploaded “live” PowerPoint. In a previous article (Student BMJ 2011;19:d147), PaLM called for