Thirty-one countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have a critical shortage of health care professionals. Subsequently, African medical schools are increasing enrollment, thus increasing demand on limited faculty. Simultaneously, US medical residents’ interest in global health is increasing and training programs are seeking ways to provide high quality experiences while also contributing to the host country health system. Recently published guidelines outlined key factors in successful global health training partnerships: structured programs, mutual benefits, long-term relationships, on-site mentorship, and trainee preparation. Partnerships between US academic institutions, GHSP, and SSA institutions create meaningful and sustainable ways of enabling residents and faculty across a variety of specialties to serve in resource-limited settings, gaining valuable global health experience, and reducing the critical faculty shortages in SSA. Additionally, this partnership creates a pipeline for residency graduates to continue to work in global health and contribute to both the US and SSA institution.
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